Our Clients:

Field Level Media - Professional sports content solutions | FLM

Rafael Nadal reaches Wimbledon quarters for eighth time

7/4/2022 5:29:10 PM EST

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal booked a spot in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the eighth time by posting a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (6) triumph over No. 21 seed Botic van de Zandschulp on Monday in London.

Nadal committed half as many unforced errors as his opponent from the Netherlands -- 17 to 34 -- while winning in two hours and 21 minutes.

The Spaniard will face 11th-seeded Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals. Fritz notched a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Australian qualifier Jason Kubler to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time.

Nadal had some nervous moments late in his match. He held a 5-2 lead in the third set and lost the next three games.

Nadal also blew three match points during the tiebreaker before converting his fourth to end the match.

"Botic has been improving unbelievably in the last year, so huge congratulations to him (on) this amazing improvement," Nadal said afterward. "In a personal way, after all the things that happened the last couple of months, to be able to be in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon after three years without playing here, it's amazing for me, so I'm very, very happy."

Fritz scored one of his biggest career victories earlier this year when he defeated Nadal in straight sets to the win the ATP 1000-level crown at Indian Wells.

Against Kubler, Fritz served 16 aces among his 40 winners while delivering a crisp effort.

"A first Grand Slam quarterfinal, it's a really big deal," Fritz said during his on-court interview. "To be a part of the final eight, and I'm glad I could get the win on the Fourth of July, being an American. It's great, being in my first quarterfinal. It just shows that all the hard work I'm putting in is paying off."

Australian Nick Kyrgios and Chile's Cristian Garin will square off in another quarterfinal match.

Kyrgios posted a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-2 win over Brandon Nakashima on Monday, while Garin rallied from two sets down for a 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over 19th-seeded Aussie Alex de Minaur.

Despite a sore right shoulder, Kyrgios racked up a whopping 35 aces in a battle that took three hours and 11 minutes. He had a 79-37 advantage in winners.

It marks the second time Kyrgios has reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon (2014). It also marks his first Grand Slam quarterfinal since reaching the final eight at the Australian Open in 2015.

"First I want to say, a hell of an effort by Brandon. Just 20 years old to do that," Kyrgios said during his on-court interview. "It was anywhere near my best performance, but I fought really hard and I am super happy to get through."

Garin will be playing in his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal after his stirring comeback victory that took four hours and 34 minutes.

"I just gave everything I have. It was a very tough fight. It was a battle," Garin said. "I think Alex is an incredible player, for me one of the best on grass.

"I am exhausted. I just gave my best, and I think in the fifth set it was for him or for me. We both fought a lot."

Garin, who had to save two match points in the fifth set, had a 56-31 edge in winners but also committed 72 unforced errors to de Minaur's 50.

--Field Level Media


Mon, 15 Aug 2022 20:16:36 EST Rams RBs Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson battling injuries
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 19:45:24 EST Report: Bucs, DE Carl Nassib agree to one-year deal
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 17:37:14 EST Saints sign veteran LB Jon Bostic
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 17:02:22 EST Brother of Aqib Talib arrested on murder charge
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 16:10:36 EST Eagles trade WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside to Seahawks
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 14:35:23 EST Bucs sign RB Patrick Laird
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 14:25:16 EST QB Battle Odds: Favorites strengthen grips in Pittsburgh, Seattle
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 14:25:42 EST Report: Titans LB Bud Dupree gets probation for assault
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 13:10:48 EST Browns' Denzel Ward off PUP list, cleared to practice
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 13:17:06 EST 49ers S Jimmie Ward sidelined by hamstring injury


Mon, 15 Aug 2022 22:57:15 EST White Sox use late rally to edge Astros
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 23:37:07 EST Julio Urias wins 10th straight as Dodgers blank Brewers
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 23:47:39 EST Rangers edge A's in first game after firing manager
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 21:36:30 EST Field of Dreams game audience takes hit compared to 2021
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 23:22:31 EST Max Kepler ends slump, leads Twins past Royals
Tue, 16 Aug 2022 00:10:13 EST Braves power to 13-1 rout of Mets in series opener
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 23:06:58 EST Orioles continue mastery of Blue Jays
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 22:24:29 EST Nelson Cruz leads Nats past Cubs
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 23:07:16 EST Ryan Yarbrough leads Rays over spiraling Yankees
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 22:35:11 EST Tigers beat Guardians in nightcap, snap 8-game skid


Mon, 15 Aug 2022 18:38:33 EST Report: Sixers reach deal with Ben Simmons in $20M dispute
Sat, 13 Aug 2022 13:18:18 EST Report: Warriors to host Lakers on NBA opening night
Fri, 12 Aug 2022 12:05:50 EST Report: Bulls rookie F Justin Lewis suffers knee injury
Thu, 11 Aug 2022 15:40:33 EST NBA to retire the late Bill Russell's No. 6 leaguewide
Wed, 10 Aug 2022 12:14:52 EST Trial over Kobe Bryant crash photos begins
Tue, 09 Aug 2022 14:32:10 EST Spurs sign veteran C Gorgui Dieng
Mon, 08 Aug 2022 20:48:37 EST Reports: NBA players need vaccine to play in Canada in '22-23
Mon, 08 Aug 2022 21:50:28 EST After Kevin Durant's ultimatum, Nets owner backs coach, GM
Mon, 08 Aug 2022 12:29:25 EST Hawks sign G Trent Forrest to 2-way contract
Fri, 05 Aug 2022 11:24:50 EST Lakers, LeBron James reportedly talk $98M extension


Mon, 15 Aug 2022 15:03:13 EST Jonathan Huberdeau to donate brain for CTE research
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 14:06:50 EST Veteran F Colton Sceviour signs with Swiss club
Sat, 13 Aug 2022 13:24:31 EST Sharks D Nikolai Knyzhov (Achilles) out months
Fri, 12 Aug 2022 11:43:58 EST Blackhawks reach deals with D Caleb Jones, F Philipp Kurashev
Thu, 11 Aug 2022 13:07:06 EST Vegas G Robin Lehner (hip) expected to miss season
Wed, 10 Aug 2022 13:41:56 EST Blackhawks sign first-round pick Kevin Korchinski
Wed, 10 Aug 2022 12:42:02 EST Jets F David Gustafsson agrees to two-year contract
Wed, 10 Aug 2022 11:36:01 EST Maple Leafs great Borje Salming battling ALS
Tue, 09 Aug 2022 21:51:05 EST Max Pacioretty to undergo Achilles surgery
Tue, 09 Aug 2022 19:58:59 EST Hurricanes retain Martin Necas with two-year deal