End of the 8th this Monday in London. The Spaniard does not tremble, the Blue stop there, Garin wins a superb marathon and Kyrgios continues his quest.
Grand Slam title record holder
Nadal has more and more green feet. After two first rounds, where he had conceded a set, the double winner of Wimbledon continues on his way without trembling. As during the 3rd round of the last Roland‐Garros, Rafael Nadal wins in three sets against the 25th world Botic Van de Zandschulp this Monday evening in the round of 16 of Wimbledon: 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (6) in 2h24 of play. Make way for Taylor Fritz in 8th (see elsewhere). A very big first test.
The last French women in the running
End of the adventure for Alizé Cornet and Harmony Tan, eliminated in quick succession on Monday and the last French women in the running. The 115th in the world suffered the law of Amanda Anisimova 6-2. 6-3. And Cornet lost his showdown against Ajla Tomljanovic (6-4, 4-6, 6-3). There are no more French people entered in singles at Church Road since in the men’s category, Richard Gasquet and Ugo Humbert had left the tournament at the 3rd round stage. Tomljanovic, who had already reached the quarters last year on the London lawn, will challenge the Kazakh Elena Rybakina (23rd).
Led two zero sets by Alex de Minaur, the Chilean Cristian Garin overthrew the Australian (2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (6)), erasing two match balls. Enough to shed a few tears of joy at the end of his superb 4:38 long fight. The 43rd in the world will play his first Grand Slam quarter-final, on a surface which is not a priori his best. He had not won a match this season on grass before Wimbledon and had lost in the 1st round of Eastbourne against… De Minaur.
Eight years later, Nick Kyrgios returns to the quarter-finals at Church Road. That year, he notably dismissed Nadal in the round of 16. He seemed cut out for one day winning the Grail in London. The whimsical Aussie got a bit lost on the way. And at 27, not really calmed down but really invested, he once again makes his many supporters dream. On alternating current, he was right Monday, after 3 h 10 of play, from the American Brandon Nakashima (4-6, 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2), 20, who was playing his first round of 16 in a Grand Slam. Opposed to Garin in the quarters, the native of Canberra could find Friday in the semi-final a certain… Rafael Nadal.
“There was a time when my agent had to pick me out of a pub at 4am before playing my match on Center Court at Wimbledon against Nadal. I’ve come a long way, that’s for sure.“Signed Nick Kyrgios obviously. The whimsical Australian, a little calmer, is invested in this Wimbledon 2022. If the physique holds…
Winner in 2019 and now coached by Patrick Mouratoglou, Simona Halep has impressed since the start of the tournament. The former world number one outclassed world 4th Paula Badosa (6-1, 6-2) on Monday. Halep had already inflicted a correction on Badosa at the Madrid tournament (6-3, 6-1). Halep will try to confirm her sparkling form against Anisimova, 20, whose best performance in a Major is a semi-final at Roland-Garros in 2019. Nice shock in prospect.
Quietly Taylor Fritz advances with confidence. The American walked in the face of the surprise Jason Kubler, 99th in the world, swept away (6-3, 6-1, 6-4). Titled at Eastbourne, just before Wimbledon, Fritz confirms his very good form at the moment. He still has not conceded a set since the start of the fortnight. Rafael Nadal, his next opponent is warned. Especially since he remains on a defeat against Fritz in the final of Idian Wells last March.
The tournament management announced on Monday that it had appeal of the fine of one million dollars (960,000 euros) imposed by the WTA due to the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players this year. The WTA, like the ATP which manages the men’s circuit, denounced Wimbledon’s decision not to accept Russian and Belarusian players this year in retaliation for the war in Ukraine. Invoking a breach of fairness, the two authorities had already reacted by announcing that they would not distribute any ranking points in the Major on grass.
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