September 25, 2022

Monday’s play at Wimbledon will close out the fourth round, setting the stage for the quarter-finals at the championships. Only four seeded players remain in a wide open bottom half of the men’s singles draw, led by second seed Rafael Nadal, with Nick Kyrgios among the unseeded contenders.

The pair will face off on Center Court on Day 8, when Nadal takes on Botic van de Zandschulp and Kyrgios takes on Brandon Nakashima. Eleventh seed Taylor Fritz will face Australian Jason Kubler on Court No. 1, while 19th seed Alex de Minaur will face Chilean Cristian Garin on Court No. 2.

In doubles, third seeds Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski seek a place in the quarter-finals by facing Australian Open finalists Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell, while seventh seeds John Peers and Filip Polasek meet ninth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.

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[2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [21] Botic van de Zandschulp (NED)

As the only Top 10 seed remaining in the bottom half of the table, Nadal will be quietly confident of his chances of reaching his sixth Wimbledon final (and first since 2011). His performance in a straight-set third-round win over Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego only added to that belief.

“[It was] my best game, without a doubt, since the start of the tournament,” he said in his post-match press conference.[I made] improvement today. I did a lot of things much better than the previous days: the determination, the way I managed to play more aggressively, go to the net a lot of times.”

He will need a similar performance to see van de Zandschulp. The 26-year-old Dutchman has sustained his run to the quarter-finals of the US Open 2021 with consistent performances this year at the Grand Slams, reaching the third round of the Australian Open and Roland Garros before going one better this fortnight. Nadal sent him home to the French with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win.

“He is a player who has improved incredibly [in] last year,” the Spaniard said of his opponent. “It was a good challenge for the Frenchman… He’s a complete player with a lot of good things, and I have to continue as I have. played today. Play aggressive and play with the right energy.

“He’s a tough opponent, but we’re in the fourth round. That’s how it should be.”

Van de Zandschulp honed her grass-court credentials in June by reaching the semi-finals at Queen’s Club, her best result of three surface events before Wimbledon. He entered the championships with a career-high ATP Pepperstone ranking of No. 25.

Tasked with preventing Nadal from completing the third Grand Slam game following the Spaniard’s triumphs in the first two majors of the year, van de Zandschulp hopes these grass-court reps will give him an edge.

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“He hasn’t played so many matches on grass in the last two years,” the Dutchman said after his four-set win over Richard Gasquet. “You see him struggling a bit. Of course he wins the first few rounds.

“But I think maybe I can hurt him on the grass courts here.”

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs. Brandon Nakashima (USA)

After overtaking fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in a spicy third-round showdown, Kyrgios will enjoy his first taste of center court this fortnight against #NextGenATP American Nakashima. One of three Australians still standing in the bottom half (De Minaur, Kubler), Kyrgios is a candidate for his third Grand Slam quarter-final and his second at Wimbledon after reaching that stage on his debut in 2014.

While he could meet compatriot De Minaur in the quarter-finals, the 27-year-old isn’t looking beyond his next assignment.

“Nakashima won easily today in straight sets,” Kyrgios said of the American’s dominating third-round win over Daniel Elahi Galan. “Doing that at Wimbledon on grass is not easy. He’s obviously playing well. I don’t look beyond that.”

But the Aussie is playing some of the best and most consistent tennis of his career this season, including back-to-back semi-finals on grass in Stuttgart and Halle last month. When asked if he thought he could win his first Grand Slam singles title this week, he said yes.

“I feel good,” he said after beating Tsitsipas on Saturday. “I’m ready to go back if I [needed] playing tomorrow… Lap after lap, if I keep doing my things, I feel good.”

Nakashima, playing in her second Wimbledon, advances to the fourth round for the first time in her sixth main draw appearance. The world No. 56 sits eighth in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan and earned his best joint result of the 2022 ATP Tour season by reaching the quarter-finals at ‘s-Hertogenbosch last month. He also reached the third round of Roland Garros this year before falling to eventual semi-finalist Alexander Zverev in his best previous major performance.

[11] Taylor Fritz (USA) vs. Jason Kubler (Australia)

Fritz quietly cruised through the fourth lap to match his best major result. It was a momentous occasion when he reached this stage at this year’s Australian Open; he was moved to tears as he reached the last 16 of a Slam for the first time on his 22nd attempt at the main draw.

After reaching a career-high No. 13 in Pepperstone’s ATP rankings following his triumph at Indian Wells in March – his first ATP Masters 1000 crown – the Southern California native now expects to be a Week Two regular. Grand Slams.

The American hit 20 aces in a third-round win over Alex Molcan, calling it ‘one of the best service games I’ve ever had’ after he had the opportunity to grab the court on the day of the independence of his country of origin.

Australian Kubler returned to the Top 100 last month after a pair of strong performances on the ATP Challenger Tour in the United States. He won the title in Little Rock in May before reaching the final in Orlando in his last competitive outing before Wimbledon. The 29-year-old retired in the third set of this Orlando final, just as he did against Fritz after three sets at the 2018 US Open in their only previous ATP Head2Head encounter.

Kubler had never been beyond the second round of a Grand Slam in seven previous appearances and picked up his first grass-court tour-level victory this fortnight.

[19] Alex de Minaur (AUS) against Cristian Garin (CHI)

De Minaur will be relieved to face a man who is not from Britain after coming up against home favorites Jack Draper and Liam Broady in his last two games. The popular Australian could even count on the support of the No 2 court crowd thanks in part to his relationship with Britain’s Katie Boulter, who reached the third round of the women’s singles draw.

Playing in the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time, De Minaur is looking to match his quarter-final at the 2020 US Open.

Most of Garin’s best results have been on clay, but he has qualified for the fourth round of Wimbledon for the second consecutive year. The world number 54 boasts an 8-8 career record on grass, including a 3-2 record this season. One of those recent defeats came to De Minaur, who claimed a 6-3, 6-3 decision on their way to the Eastbourne semi-finals two weeks ago.

The Aussie is yet to drop a set as he compiled a 3-0 record against Garin in the pair’s ATP Head2Head series, with other wins to come at the 2019 US Open and the 2021 BNP Paribas Open in Indian. Wells.