Rafael Nadal will have to raise the level of his game on Wednesday. He will face Taylor Fritz (ATP14), the only player who has not yet dropped a set this fortnight.
Crowned in March at the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and victorious ten days ago of the Eastburne tournament, the Californian will play Wednesday his first quarterfinal in a Grand Slam tournament.
Confident as ever with a forehand that can allow him to hold the shock on the bottom line, Taylor Fritz may be the player who will manage to stop Rafael Nadal this year in Grand Slam.
Apparently, the challenge does not scare him.
Rafael Nadal will be present at the rendezvous of the quarter-finals to keep the hope of signing the Grand Slam.
The Mallorcan qualified in three sets ahead of Botic van de Zandschulp (ATP 25).
He won 6-4 6-2 7-6 (8/6) against the Dutchman, a quarter-finalist at last year’s US Open. Manacor’s left-hander, however, struggled to conclude a third set in which he led 5-2 before squandering three consecutive match balls in the decisive game.
But on the fourth, Botic van de Zandschulp had to miss a smash that was not hellish.