September 30, 2022

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Rafael Nadal survives five-set challenge from Taylor Fritz

Rafael Nadal had to dig deep, but that’s where he found his greatest Wimbledon moments.

The Spaniard reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final with a 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 thriller against American Taylor Fritz, who apparently controlled the match before Nadal can’t find his next piece of equipment. Nadal will face Nick Kyrgios (more on him below) in the semi-finals on Friday.

Nadal started strong. He took a 3-1 lead in the first set, then lost the next five games to let Fritz take the set. Then Nadal did almost the same thing in the second set: he took a 3-0 lead, but let Fritz catch up. It emerged that Nadal was suffering from an injury (commentators identified it as an abdominal injury), and when he went up 4-3 he finally called the coach, disappearing into the locker room for a few minutes treatment.

On his return, he let Fritz level the set at 5-5, but then Nadal got a much-needed hold. He seemed to be moving better and quickly won his seventh game to tie the game at 1-1. Fritz seemingly regained command in the third set, but faded at the end of the fourth to let Nadal get back to it.

Once the match reached a fifth set, the players traded breaks and reached the tiebreaker, where Nadal took the first five points and marched to victory from there. There was a lot to regret for Fritz after five sets, but he’s not the first to feel this after playing against Nadal.

Rafael Nadal is heading to the Wimbledon semi-finals. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios makes his first Grand Slam semi-final

No player has made more headlines at Wimbledon this year than Nick Kyrgios, and that will continue in the semi-finals.

The Aussie beat unseeded Cristian Garín 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 to advance to his first career Grand Slam semi-final. He had previously only reached a Grand Slam quarter-final twice, the most recent being the 2015 Australian Open.

The game started with nine straight wins for Garín, echoing a slow start for Kyrgios since his last match against Brandon Nakashima. Like this game, Kyrgios pulled himself together, and much faster this time. He again dominated with his serve, hitting 17 aces and winning 73% of first-serve points.

It also wouldn’t be a Nick Kyrgios game without some sort of blowout or argument. It came on what could have been the last point of the match, when a linesman made an unusual call during a third-set tiebreaker in which Kyrgios led 6-5. Kyrgios argued vehemently with the chair umpire and then won the ensuing points replay to win the match.

Kyrgios will now enter the semi-final against Nadal but is still playing under a cloud on Tuesday, when it emerged he was charged with assaulting his girlfriend in Australia last year and will have to appear in court next month.

Halep overtakes Anisimova

Simona Halep survived a late scare to defeat Amanda Anisimova, beating her 6-2, 6-4 in just 63 minutes. Anisimova, the No. 20 seed and the last American standing, was no threat to Halep in the first set but managed to put on a contest in the second set. After losing 5-1, she won three straight as Halep struggled with her first serve. But Anisimova’s comeback fell through as Halep, the No. 16 seed and 2019 Wimbledon champion, recovered to win the match in straight sets.

Halep, who was emotional in her post-match interview, looks better on the pitch than she has in years. It is the first time she has attended a Grand Slam semi-final since 2020, when the COVID-19 shutdown and then an injury slowed her down for much of the year. The key to Halep’s success may be her new coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, who has spent years coaching Serena Williams to success. Mouratoglou parted ways with Williams last year and Halep signed him. On Wednesday, she committed just six unforced errors and won 77% of the points on her second serve.

At Wimbledon, Halep appeared confident and decisive as well as calm and poised. She has remained positive on the pitch and doesn’t blame herself for her mistakes. Mindset is so important to tennis players, and while Halep has silenced those demons, it’s hard to see anyone stopping her from winning her second Wimbledon crown.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Simona Halep of Romania celebrates the winning match point against Amanda Anisimova of the United States in their Women's Singles quarter-final match on day ten of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 06, 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

In the Wimbledon quarter-finals, 2019 champion Simona Halep defeated Amanda Anisimova to advance to the Grand Slam semi-finals for the first time since 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Rybakina goes down in history with the defeat of Tomljanovic

Elena Rybakina became the first Kazakh player to qualify for a Grand Slam semi-final with her 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 loss to Ajla Tomljanovic on Wednesday. Rybakina, seeded 17th, got into trouble early and struggled to match an aggressive Tomljanovic. The third game of the match, an extended duel with five draws, ended up being the hinge of the set, with Tomljanovic breaking Rybakina and going through the next few games to take a 1-0 lead.

With a fresh start in the second set, Rybakina came to life. After equalizing at two games apiece, she began to dismantle Tomljanovic. Rybakina won nine of the next 10 matches to take the second set and find herself one game away from winning the third set and the match. Tomljanovic eventually responded, winning back-to-back matches to avoid elimination, but she couldn’t complete the comeback. Rybakina clinched her ticket to her first Grand Slam semi-final, hitting 15 aces during the match.

Rybakina has been playing for Kazakhstan since 2019, but she was born in Russia and still lives in Moscow. Despite the Wimbledon ban of Russian and Belarusian players just because of their nationality and nothing else, it is still possible for a player of Russian descent to win the trophy that his fellow Russians and Belarusians were not allowed to win. to research.