Wimbledon continues today, with eight men and eight women competing for limited quarter-final spots at the All England Club. Rafael Nadal and Americans Taylor Fritz and Brandon Nakashima are notable players remaining on the men’s side. On the women’s side, Paula Badosa, Simona Halep and Amanda Anisimová will also continue to compete.
Day 7 brought a few surprises: Novak Djokovic had a narrower-than-expected win over Timo van Rijthoven and Ons Jabeur advanced to the women’s semi-finals, but Carlos Alcaraz and two American competitors lost. Click here for a full recap of the day.
Halepova advances to the quarterfinals
Simona Halep is back. The sixteenth-seeded Romanian easily defeated the fourth-ranked Paula Badosová from Spain in two sets 6:1, 6:2 in just one hour. This is a particularly special moment for Halep, who never had a chance to defend her Wimbledon 2019 title after missing the last two tournaments – first due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and then due to injury.
Kyrgios overcame injury to beat Nakashima
Nick Kyrgios will return to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2014 after a back-and-forth battle with Brandon Nakashima. The Australian beat the American 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2. Kyrgios suffered an apparent shoulder injury that required medical attention early in the match but finished well after Nakashima forced a decisive fifth set.
Fritz was the only American left after the victory
Taylor Fritz did what Nakashima couldn’t, advancing to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 win over Jason Kubler. The eleventh player is the only American left in the competition.
Garín upsets De Minaur
Our first upset of the day came at the hands of Chile’s Cristian Garín, who beat 19th seed Alex De Minaur of Australia 2-6 5-7 7-6(3) 6-4 7-6(6). After losing the first two sets, Garín rallied to win the last three, which included two tiebreaks in the third and final set. The win advanced Garín to the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career. Garín is also the first player in the competition to recover from a two-set deficit to win.
Other notable results
Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan easily defeated Petra Martić of Croatia in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. Seventeenth-seeded Rybakina reached the first Wimbledon quarter-finals of her career, becoming the second Kazakh to advance that far since 2016.