Rafael Nadal moves ahead of Jimmy Connors on ultimate Grand Slam list

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Rafael Nadal moves ahead of Jimmy Connors on ultimate Grand Slam list

For the first time since 2010-11, Rafael Nadal has managed to achieve back-to-back Wimbledon semi-finals following a great run so far at the All England Club. The 33-year-old Spaniard has defeated Yuichi Sugita, Nick Kyrgios, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Joao Sousa and Sam Querrey to repeat the last year's result at the most prestigious tennis event, losing that epic semi-final against Novak Djokovic and hoping for a more positive outcome versus another great rival Roger Federer on Friday.

Nadal has reached the semi-final at six consecutive Majors for the first time in a career, settling into a winning rhythm and advancing to his seventh Wimbledon semi-final and the 32nd overall, passing Jimmy Connors who collected 31.

Becoming only the third player with 300 Grand Slam matches after Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, Nadal has been one of the players to beat at Majors since 2005, conquering 18 trophies and achieving a Career Grand Slam at the US Open 2010.

Together with Novak Djokovic, Nadal has been the most consistent competitor at Majors in the last two seasons, moving to the third spot on the list of players with most Grand Slam semi-finals behind Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Nadal's first Grand Slam last four appearance had come at Roland Garros 2005 when he won the title and it only got better in the years to come, becoming the regular semi-finalist in Paris and London before adding Melbourne and New York to his successful Major destinations.

After retiring in the quarter-final of the Australian Open to Marin Cilic last year, Nadal was the semi-finalist in all six Majors as the only player who achieved that, adding more fuel to his tally and moving in front of Jimmy Connors with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Sam Querrey in the quarter-final here at Wimbledon.

In the semis, Nadal will play against Roger Federer for the first time at the All England Club since that memorable final from 2008, hoping to reach the first final since 2011.