The match started well for the Spaniard as he broke the serve of his American opponent early in the first set. However, Fritz responded and reeled off five straight games to take the first set 6-3.
With Fritz leading 4-3 in the second set, a coach was called onto the court to evaluate the two-time Wimbledon champion. He eventually took a medical timeout and left the court for treatment. Despite these difficulties, Nadal roared back to win the second as he broke in the final to win 7-5, leveling the affair at a set apiece.
Fritz, after comfortably taking the third set 6-3, was on the verge of victory when he took a 5-4 lead in the fourth set, with Nadal extending the match.
In the fifth, the two players found themselves tied at 4-4 before the 24-year-old Fritz again found his way to a 5-4 lead and Nadal served to extend the match. As he has brilliantly done time and time again, the Spaniard held out another game to level the score at 5-5 and eventually force a tiebreak for the match.
From there, Nadal cruised past Fritz, jumping out to a 5-0 lead before winning the tiebreak 10-4.
“The body is fine overall, of course something is wrong in the stomach… I had to find a way to serve a little differently. I thought for a long time that I might not be able to finish.” match, but the energy on the court (is) something else, so yes,” Nadal said in an on-court interview.
With the win, Nadal improved to 8-0 in quarterfinal appearances at Wimbledon and became the third man of the Open Era to reach the Wimbledon singles semifinals at age 36 or older.
Forced to withdraw from Wimbledon 2021 due to fatigue, Nadal is seeking a record 23rd Grand Slam men’s singles title and third at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
In the other men’s quarter-final match on Wednesday, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios defeated Chile’s Cristiano Garino in straight sets 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-5) to reach a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time in his career. The 27-year-old also became the first Australian player to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals in 17 years.
“I just thought I was never going to be in the semifinals of a Grand Slam. Honestly, I thought my ship had sailed. Obviously I didn’t do big things earlier in my career and maybe I missed that little window, but you know, (I’m) really proud how I just came back here and with my team to perform,” Kyrgios said after the match.
Nadal will play the semifinals against Kyrgios on Friday on Center Court.