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Rafael Nadal and American Taylor Fritz clashed in an epic battle in Wimbledon quarter-finals on Wednesday afternoon, the Spanish tennis legend took the win.
Fritz won the first game after initially losing 3-1. Nadal will win the second game 7-5. The two players exchanged sets again before going to a tiebreak in the final set.
Nadal beat Fritz 7-6 in the fifth set, beating him 10-3 in a tiebreak.
This is Fritz’s longest run in a Grand Slam singles event. In January, he advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open.
The last American to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals was John Isner in 2018. At that tournament, Isner with the ninth number beat Canadian Milos Raonic in four sets. He lost to Kevin Anderson in a five-set thriller of his own in which they took on each other in the second longest match in Wimbledon history. Anderson won the tiebreak 26-24.
Nadal will advance to the semi-finals where he will face Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who is looking to win his third Wimbledon title.
He and Kyrgios played each other at the BNP Paribas Open in March. Kyrgios, an emotional tennis player, was criticized for his post-match stunt. He smashed his racket and the debris nearly hit a boy playing with a ball.
“I think Nick had a great attitude throughout the match in terms of fighting spirit, and of course he has his own personality, his own character,” Nadal said at the time. “Sometimes he does things that I don’t like, but I respect them because of a different character, different points of view and different education.”
Kyrgios has already been criticized and fined for outbursts of anger during this year’s Wimbledon tournament.
The two will play each other on Friday. The winner will play with the winner Novak Djokovic and Cam Norrie.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.