Rafael Nadal: 'To share the court with all these legends...'

“Sharing the court with all these legends…”

Each match of Rafael Nadal at this point in his career holds a number of records that can further expand his legend in racket sports. One of those will be the one the Spaniard challenges in the Wimbledon quarter-finals against Taylor Fritz this Wednesday.

Many magical characters surround the fight. Although perhaps the most striking is the possibility of continuing the aspiration to link the first three Grand Slams of the year: the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

And it is because Nadal is undefeated in tournaments of this category in 2022 with a record of 18-0. He had seven in Melbourne; in Paris another seven; while in London he already has four to advance to the quarterfinals. In this round, he also has the 70th match of his career on British grass, where he has a record of 57-12.

It is the eighth time in his career that he has found a place in the top eight at Wimbledon. He did it before in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2019. And as a peculiarity, whenever he reached the quarterfinals, he reached at least the semifinals (7-0).

Along the way, Nadal leaves Francisco Cerúndolo (first round), Ricardas Berankis (second round), Lorenzo Sonego (third round) and Botic Van de Zandschulp (fourth round), which allowed him to increase his figure to 11 wins in a row.

The No. 2 seed has once again put together an impressive streak, as he did earlier in the season between January and March, where he won his first 20 games of the year. The person who broke his immaculate moment was Taylor Fritz, the very opponent that awaits him in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.

It will be the first Grand Slam quarterfinal for the American, who won the ATP Masters 1000 final in Indian Wells against the Spaniard. The World No. 14 is 29-10 heading into its 40th game of the season.

Rafa Nadal beat Fritz

“To share the court with all these legends of our sport was a very emotional moment and I thank Wimbledon for this opportunity.

Center Court, 100 years, is something very special and for me it’s unforgettable just to be part of this group of legends, I’m very happy for that,” said Rafael Nadal in his post-match interview. World number.

4 was asked how different their first meeting on grass this year would be after the American defeated him in the Indian Wells Masters final in March. “Well, every match is different, he’s playing well, he’s having an amazing year, he won his first championship in the 1000 against me in the final by the way.

Yes, it will be a tough match, but we are in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, what can I expect? – said Nadal in his interview after the match.

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