Rafael Nadal On Wednesday, he kept his Grand Slam dream on the calendar, but it took everything he had.
The Spaniard beat American Taylor Fritz 10-4 in a fifth-set tie-break in a grueling match that lasted four hours and 21 minutes.
Nadal, winner of the Australian and French Opens, moves to Wimbledon the semi-final with Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who had slid to victory earlier in the day with a straight-set victory over Chilean Christian Garin – a match that took about half the time of Nadal-Fritz.
Nadal won 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4). He suffered so much from a stomach injury early in the match that he later said he was close to announcing his retirement. In fact, his father encouraged him from the gaming box to wrap up.
“For many moments I thought maybe I wouldn’t be able to finish the match,” Nadal said afterwards. “But the court, the energy was something else.”
He hopes to be the first person since 1969 to complete a calendar grand slam by winning all four major championships in the same year. Rod Laver was the last person to accomplish this feat.