Rafael Nadal kept his calendar Grand Slam dream alive on Wednesday but it cost him everything he had.
The Spaniard defeated American Taylor Fritz 10-4 in a fifth-set tiebreak in a grueling match that lasted four hours and 21 minutes.
Australian and French Open winner Nadal moves on to a Wimbledon semi-final showdown with Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who slid to victory earlier in the day with a straight-set victory over Chilean Cristian Garin – a match that ended about half of the time Nadal-Fritz took.
Nadal won 3-6 7-5 3-6 7-5 7-6 (4). He was in so much pain with his injured foot early in the game that he later said he was close to finishing it. In fact, from the player box, his father urged him to break up.
“For many moments I thought that I might not be able to finish the match,” Nadal said afterwards. “But the court, the energy was something else.”
He aims to become the first man since 1969 to complete a calendar grand slam and win all four major championships in the same year. Rod Laver was the last man to accomplish the feat.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2022-07-06/rafael-nadal-advances-wimbledon-semifinals-grueling-win-taylor-fritz Rafael Nadal beats Taylor Fritz, advances to Wimbledon semis