Rafael Nadal advances, Nick Kyrgios overcomes injury to win, Taylor Fritz and Simona Halep advance

Wimbledon begins today as eight men and eight women compete for limited quarter-final spots at the All England Club. Rafael Nadal and Americans Taylor Fritz and Brandon Nakashima are notable players left on the men’s side. At the same time, in the women’s part, Paula Badosa, Simona Halep and Amanda Anisimova will continue to compete.

Day 7 had a few surprises: Novak Djokovic pulled off a stronger-than-expected win over Tim van Rijthoven and Ons Jabeur reached the women’s semifinals, but Carlos Alcaraz and two Americans lost. Click here for the full recap of the day.

Nadal advances to eighth Wimbledon quarterfinal

It took a third-set tiebreak but Spain’s Rafael Nadal is through to another quarter-final after beating Holland’s Botik van de Zandschulp 6-4 6-2 7-6(6). Nadal, the No. 2 seed, withstood a few first-set setbacks before dominating the second set against No. 21-seeded van de Zandschulp. But an iconic third set saw the two players battle for control before Nadal won the tiebreak after a van de Zandschulp error.

Halep is back in the quarterfinals

Simona Halep is back. The 16th-seeded Romanian easily beat fourth-seeded Paula Badosa of Spain in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour. This is a particularly special moment for Halep, who never got a chance to defend her 2019 Wimbledon title after missing the last two tournaments – first due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and then due to injury.

Anisimova in the quarterfinals

Anisimova joined Fritz as the only American left at Wimbledon with a straight-sets win over France’s Harmony Tan 6-2, 6-3. 20th-ranked Anisimova won four break points to advance to the quarter-finals in a match against Simon Halep.

Kyrgios overcame injury to beat Nakashima

Nick Kyrgios will return to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2014 after a back-and-forth battle with Brandon Nakashima. The Australian defeated the American 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2. Kyrgios suffered an apparent shoulder injury that required medical attention early in the match but finished strongly after Nakashima forced a crucial fifth set.

Nick Kyrgios is back in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2014. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios is back in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2014. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Fritz was the only American left after the victory

Taylor Fritz did what Nakashima couldn’t and advanced to the quarterfinals with a straight sets win over Jason Kubler 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. The 11th seed is the only American left in the competition.

Garín upsets De Minaur

Our first upset of the day came at the hands of Chile’s Cristian Garin, who downed 19th seed Alex De Minaur of Australia 2-6 5-7 7-6(3) 6-4 7-6(6). After losing the first two sets, Garín rallied to win the final three, which included two tiebreaks in the third and final set. The win took Garín to his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal. Garín is also the first player in the tournament to come back from two sets down to win.

Other notable results

  • Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan easily defeated Petra Martic of Croatia in straight sets 7-5, 6-3. 17th-ranked Rybakina reached the first Wimbledon quarter-final of her career, becoming only the second Kazakh to advance that far since 2016.

  • Australia’s Ajla Tomljanović beat Alizé Cornet of France 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 from a first-set deficit. Tomljanovic is the first Australian woman to reach back-to-back Wimbledon quarter-finals since Jelena Dokic did so in 1999-2000.

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