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



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

Each Rafael Nadal match at this point in his career hides a series of records that can further expand his legend in racket sport. One of them will be the one that the Spaniard disputes this Wednesday in the Wimbledon quarterfinals against Taylor Fritz.

There are many magical figures that surround the duel. Although, perhaps, the most striking is the possibility of continuing to aspire to link the first three Grand Slams of the year: Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

And it is that Nadal is undefeated in 2022 in the tournaments of this category, with a record of 18-0. In Melbourne he had seven; in Paris, another seven; while in London he already has four to reach the quarterfinals. In this round, moreover, he will face his 70th career match 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 has been leaving Francisco Cerúndolo (first round), Ricardas Berankis (second round), Lorenzo Sonego (third round) and Botic Van de Zandschulp (fourth round), which has allowed him to increase his figure to 11 wins in a row.

The No. 2 seed has once again put together an impressive match winning streak, just as he did earlier in the season between January and March, where he won his first 20 matches of the year. The person in charge of breaking his immaculate moment was Taylor Fritz, precisely the rival that awaits him in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

For the American, who won the final of the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells against the Spaniard, it will be his first quarter-final at a Grand Slam. The World No. 14 heads into his 40th game of the season, going 29-10.

Rafa Nadal defeated Fritz

"To share the court with all these legends of our sport was a very emotional moment and thanks to Wimbledon for that opportunity.

The center court, 100 years is something very very special and for me just to be a part of this group of legends is unforgettable, so very happy for that," - Rafael Nadal said in his post match interview. The World No. 4 was asked how different their first meeting on grass would be this year after the American defeated him in the final of the Indian Wells Masters in March.

"Well every match is different, he's playing well, he's having an amazing year winning a first master 1000 title against me by the way in the final. Yes its going to be a tough match but we are in the quartefinals at Wimbledon, what can I expect ? - Nadal said in his post match interview.