Rafael Nadal prepares to reach Wimbledon semi-finals in search of 23rd Grand Slam title

The match started well for the Spaniard, as he broke his American opponent’s serve early in the first set. However, Fritz responded and played five games in a row, winning the first set 6-3.

When Fritz won 4-3 in the second set, the coach was called to the court to evaluate the two-time Wimbledon champion. He eventually used a medical timeout and left the court for treatment. Despite these difficulties, Nadal came back with a roar and won the second game when he broke down in the final game to win 7–5, tying the score in one set each.

Having comfortably won the third set 6-3, Fritz was on the brink of victory, taking a 5-4 lead in the fourth set as Nadal extended the match.

The fifth match saw both players tied at 4–4 before the 24-year-old Fritz again took a 5–4 lead with Nadal extending the match. As he famously did over and over again, the Spaniard played another game, equalizing 5-5 each, and eventually forcing a tie-break in the match.

From there, Nadal passed Fritz for a 5-0 lead before winning the tie-break 10-4.

“With the body as a whole, everything is in order, of course, something is wrong in the abdominal cavity … I had to find a way to present it a little differently. For many moments I thought maybe I won’t be able to finish the match, but the energy of the court is something else, so yes,” Nadal said in an on-court interview.

With this win, Nadal improves to 8-0 in the Wimbledon quarter-finals and becomes the third man in the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon singles semi-finals at age 36 or older.

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Nadal was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon 2021 due to fatigue and is in contention for a record 23rd Grand Slam men’s singles title and third in the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

In another men’s quarter-final match on Wednesday, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios defeated Chilean Christian Garin in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to advance to the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career. The 27-year-old also became the first male Australian to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals in 17 years.

“I just thought I would never be in a Grand Slam semi-final. To be honest, I thought my ship had sailed away. Obviously I didn’t do great things early in my career and may have wasted that little window, but you know, (I’m) just really proud that I just got back here and with my team just to put on a performance. ”, Kyrgios said after the match.

Nadal will play in the semi-finals against Kyrgios on center court on Friday.