Nadal Survives Tense Third Set To Reach Wimbledon QFs
Rafael Nadal's adaptation period ended at Wimbledon, in case there were any doubts. For the second consecutive game, he produced some of his best tennis to advance in two sets against a seeded opponent.
The Spaniard finished Monday's game at Center Court with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (6) win against 21-seeded Botic van de Zandschulp, securing his place in the quarter-finals for third. consecutive time.
Having reached her eighth quarter-final at The Championships, she will look to reach her third semi-final in as many tries when she faces 11-seeded American Taylor Fritz on Wednesday.
"I continued in a positive way," he said. "I think until the end [when] I played a bad game at 5-3, [it was] a very good game against a tough opponent.
Botic has improved tremendously over the past year, so kudos to him for this incredible improvement.
"On a personal level, after all the things that have happened in recent months, to be able to be in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon after three years without playing here [since 2019].
This contest was more nerve-wracking than his third round win against Lorenzo Sonego, who broke for the first time at the end of the third set before Nadal returned to claim a 6-4 final set.
Against van de Zandschulp, the Spaniard failed to clear the match at 5-3 and led 6/3 in the third set tiebreak before claiming victory in his fourth match point when a spike went wide.