Wimbledon 2022 Quarterfinal Highlights: Rafael Nadal Overcomes Taylor Fritz In 5 Sets To Enter Semis

Rafael Nadal in action in Wimbledon 2022© AFP

Rafael Nadal vs Taylor Fritz Wimbledon 2022 quarterfinal highlights:Rafael Nadal and Taylor Fritz played out a titanic quarterfinal at the centre court which went well beyond four hours. But the second seeded Spaniard finally overcame the tough challenge to win 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10/4) to enter the semi-finals. Second seed Nadal is looking to win his third Wimbledon title this year. He has already won the Australian Open and French Open titles this year and is looking to add the Wimbledon title to his kitty. His last victory at the hallowed turf of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club was in the year 2010.

12:02 AM: Rafael Nadal produces a trademark crosscourt winner to seal it. A flawless final set tie breaker from the Spaniard to finally beat the spirited American Taylor Fritz in 5 tough sets.

12: 00 AM: Fritz serves well to make it 4-9

11:59 PM: Another brilliant Nadal winner down the line and he is now just a point away from marching into the semis.

11:57 PM: What an outstanding rally. Both players giving their all and eventually Nadal’s brilliance coming through as he goes up 7-3. He then produces another winner to make it 8-3.

11:56 PM: Nadal makes it 6-3

11:55 PM: Taylor Fritz has won another point on the Nadal serve and it is 2-5 now. He serves an ace to make it 3-5

11:53 PM: Fritz manages to get a point and he makes Nadal leads 5-1 now.

11:52 PM: Is it experience or just Nadal’s superhuman abilities. A deep shot down the line forcing another error out of that Fritz backhand and the Spaniard is up 5-0.

11:51 PM: Fritz has missed a drop shot and Nadal is now up 4-0 in the tie-breaker

11:50 PM: Nadal is 3-0 up with yet another deep shot forcing an error out of Fritz

11:49 PM: Nadal goes up 2-0 as he forces Fritz to make an error on the backhand with a deep volley

11:49 PM: Nadal goes up 1-0

11:47 PM: Rafael Nadal holds his serve to love to take it to a tie-breaker in the final set.

11:44 PM: Fritz serves confidently and makes it 6-5. Nadal will have to hold serve again to stay in the match.

11:41 PM: A confident service game from Nadal and he makes it 5-5 in the decider. Are we heading to a super tie-breaker?

11:36 PM: And the American holds off a spirited Nadal to make it 5-4 and Nadal will now serve to stay in the match

11:28 PM: Taylor Fritz has broken back immediately to make it 4-4. What a match.

11:20 PM: Finally a break of serve and it is Rafael Nadal who has gone up 4-3. It was tennis at its best as Nadal kept attacking and Fritz was at his defensive best but the Spaniard has finally broken through.

11:14 PM: Nadal was pushed on his serve for the first time in the decider but he manages to hold on and it is 3-3.

11:07 PM: Fritz is on the money with his serve again and he makes it 3-2. It’s down to Nadal now to keep the intensity going.

11:05 PM: Rafael Nadal produces the big serves and holds to love to make it 2-2 in the deciding 5th set

11:00 PM: Nadal holds his first serve to make it 1-1 and Fritz also holds to make it 2-1

10:53 PM: That’s a confident start to the 5th set by Fritz and he holds serve easily to take a 1-0 lead.

10:49 PM: Nadal holds his serve to love and makes it 7-5 to pocket the 4th set and we are back to level terms in this see-saw quarterfinal on the centre court. The final and deciding set ensues.

10:44 PM: Rafael Nadal produces magical tennis to break Fritz for the third time in the set to go 6-5 up. The Spaniard will serve for the set.

10:39 PM: Nadal manages to hold on and it is 5-5 in the 4th set. High quality tennis from both men.

10:36 PM: It was a gallant effort from Nadal to break the Fritz serve again as he pushed him to deuce but the American eventually held on and is now one game away from winning the quarterfinal.

10:30 PM: Nadal’s weak and wobbly serve has given in again as Fritz breaks back for the second time to make it 4-4. Crucial service game for the American now.

10:25 PM: Fritz holds again to make it 3-4 and the onus is now on Nadal to serve well and get within one game of winning the set

10:21 PM: Nadal remains on course to take the match into a deciding set as he holds on to make it 4-2.

10:17 PM: A confident service game from Fritz and he holds on to make 2-3 in the 4th set

10:14 PM: Nadal was stretched by Fritz there but he produced two outlandish drop shots to bail himself out of trouble and eventually held his serve to go 3-1 up in the 4th set.

10:09 PM: Nadal produces the perfect return game and breaks Fritz for the second time in the set to go 2-1 up. He needs to make the most of this lead now.

10:03 PM: Fritz has broken back immediately after forcing a deuce on the Nadal serve and its all tied at 1-1.

9:57 PM: Rafael Nadal has turned the tables early in the 4th set as he breaks Fritz to go 1-0 up.

9:50 PM: Taylor Fritz holds on to his serve to take the third set 6-3, and now needs just one set to advance to the semi-final

9:42 PM: Nadal holds again to keep it at 3-4 and continues to hang in there in the third set.

9:35 PM: Taylor Fritz is holding on to his serve and Nadal also manages to hold his serve to keep the third set at 2-3

9:27 PM: Rafael Nadal has conceded an early break in the third set and Taylor Fritz leads 2-1.

9:20 PM: Rafael Nadal holds serve to make it 1-0 in the third set.

9:15 PM: And it’s all level in the match as Rafael Nadal produces vintage tennis to get the better of Taylor Fritz. He broke the American with an exquisite volley at the net to win the second set 7-5.

9:12 PM: And excellent rally and Nadal gets the point in the end. Fritz’s court coverage has been phenomenal and that is what has put pressure on the Spaniard. But the veteran was at the right spot there.

9:10 PM:  Nadal serves well and it looks like he is in some discomfort but he is hanging in there. The Spaniard is up 6-5.

9:04 PM: Fritz has made it 5-5 and Nadal needs to hold

8:58 PM: Nadal came back from the medical timeout and Fritz held his serve to make it 4-4. The Spaniard then produced a good service game to make it 5-4.

8:52 PM: Rafael Nadal looks in some discomfort and he has taken a medical time out it seems. He has walked off the court and the Fritz camp looks unhappy there. The American is in great rhythm.

8:50 PM: Big relief for Nadal and his camp there. He had to save quite to a few break points to hold serve there. The Spaniard is up 4-3, for now.

8:44 PM: Taylor Fritz is looking in top shape as he makes it 3-3 with an easy hold of serve. It’s looking like a daunting task for Nadal to get past this American tonight.

8:39 PM: Rafael Nadal is under pressure here as Taylor Fritz has broken back to make it 2-3 in the second set. It seems like it will be a tough quarter final for Nadal.

8:30 PM: Nadal holds on to his serve to make it 3-0. Fritz has his task cut out now.

8:26 PM: Rafael Nadal has made the most of Fritz’s errors and makes it 2-0 with an early break of serve. He must remember that Fritz came back from the same scoreline to take the first set.

8:21 PM: Rafael Nadal serves well and holds on to his serve in the opening game of 2nd set

8:18 PM: What an authoritative service game that and Fritz has won 5 games in a row to take the first set 6-3

8:15 PM: And it’s a Nadal double fault that hands Taylor Fritz a second break and he will be serving for the set at 5-3

8:10 PM: Fritz has gone up 4-3 as he keeps Nadal at bay despite a late charge in the game by the Spaniard. He is leading for the first time.

8:04 PM: As there it is Fritz breaks Nadal to restore parity at 3-3

8:03 PM: Rafael Nadal has been pushed to the limits in this game. 0-40 down but the Spaniard comes back to level it at deuce.

7:56 PM: Fritz has done extremely well there to hold on to a difficult service game. Nadal was looking to get another break but Fritz slammed the door on the Spaniard.

7:53 PM: Fritz has started to cover the court well now but Nadal is just too good right now. He is making the most of the full tank of energy that he has currently. We haven’t seen Nadal this well in a while and with a powerful smash, the Spaniard holds with ease again to lead 3-1.

7:49 PM: Fritz holds his serve. That was a commanding hold from the American. He needs to get his first serve in if he wants to mount a challenge against Nadal.

7:44 PM: Nadal looks in cruise control mode right now. He is serving with verve and his baseline play is on the money. Fritz is committing way too many unforced errors very early in the match. His shots haven’t put any pressure on Nadal yet. And the Spaniard holds his serve to 15. It’s 2-0 Nadal

7:42 PM: Nadal has started with a band and he is up a service break. Not a great game from Fritz. He couldn’t get the angles right a committed too many unforced errors.

7:39 PM: It’s a trademark Nadal forehand down the line and the Spaniard has the first point

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7:35 PM:A loud roar from the crowd as Nadal jogs on to the court as Fritz opens serve in the first set.

7:30 PM: Hello and welcome to our live updates of the Rafael Nadal vs Taylor Fritz Wimbledon quarterfinal. Both players have reached the centre court and action is about to begin. 

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