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Tennis-Improve Nadal's flies to fly past van der Zandsulp to a quarter

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London — Second Seed's Rafael Nadal took it one step further on Monday with a bid for a rare calendar year Grand Slam, 6-4 6-2 7-6 (6) against Dutch Beautic fans in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. I won. deZandschulp.

The All England Club, where the Spaniards won two of the 22 majors, was Nadal's most rewarding place, but this year he won the Australian and French Open titles in a row. Arrived. For the first time in his career.

Winning the third title at Wimbledon, Mallorca insists on a calendar slam with a well-maintained lawn and a victory at the US Open since 2010. This is the last feat achieved by Australia's great Rod Laver in 1969.

He will face 11-seeded Taylor Fritz of the United States in the semi-finals on Friday.

"It's great for me to play in the quarterfinals here in Wimbledon three years later without playing here," Nadal said. "Very, very happy.

" A general match against a difficult player was a good match. I think he is a very good player. "

Nadal was before each match. He won by playing with a painful injection at the French Open and confirmed his participation in the All England Club after radio frequency treatment relieved his foot pain.


The Spaniards who played their first tournament on the grass after losing to Roger Federer in the 2019 semifinals at Wimbledon had little difficulty adapting to the surface. not.

"I thought I made a lot of effort to be here," he said. "(It) requires a lot of mental and physical effort to try to play this tournament after what I have experienced in the last few months.

"But as we all know, Wimbledon is my favorite tournament. It's been three years without playing here. I really wanted to go home. That's what I do. , It makes a lot of sense to me to play in the quarterfinals. "

He felt that the whole game was improving" every day ".

"It's always the same here. It's not how close I am to the level. I don't know. I can't predict what will happen," Nadal said.

"But the positive thing is that the first two games didn't go well. I think I played at a high level for the first time two days ago, and today most of the games are very. It's done on a positive level. "

He dominated the proceedings from start to finish on his fourth round outing, with a slight wobble at the end.

Nadal won the pair's only previous meeting in the third round of this year's Roland Garros in a straight set to win the 14th French Open title. So I was involved in a Monday clash.

Break Chance

Nadal, who faced Van der Zandsulp the day after the top seed and champion Novak Djokovic defeated another Dutchman at Tim van Rytoben, was his opponent. There were two breakpoint chances in the first service game. Don't count them.

Nadaru forced an error from the 26-year-old backhand with a badly angled forehand for a serious break as the Dutch ended up staying in the 4-5 opening set. ..

After saving the first breakpoint of Saab in the opening game of the second set, Nadaru violated the delivery of Van Desand Sulp in the next set with two consecutive errors from the Dutch. I took the lead.

Vandesand Sulp's double fault in the eighth game gave Nadaru a double break, along with a second set.

With a wild forehand, Nadaru took his first break on his third start. However, the joy of the Dutch and expectations for the spectator extension contest were short-lived as the left-handed players returned soon.

Stretch's incredible backhand pass brought Nadaru's serve break in Game 6, and the delighted Spaniards celebrated with many fist pumps.

The 36-year-old Beautic van de Zandshulp, who played in the match 5-3, forced a tiebreaker and broke again.

However, Nadaru found the edge and won an important mini-break by winning a 30-shot rally (the longest in the match) with the spectators at his feet. (Report by Sudipto Ganguly, edited by Ken Ferris)