Wimbledon Updates | Nadal beats Fritz to reach semifinals

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The latest from Wimbledon (always local):

7:30 pm

Rafael Nadal reached the Wimbledon semifinals after winning a tiebreak in the fifth set against Taylor Fritz of the United States.

Nadal defeated the 11th-seeded American 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-4) at Center Court.

The win keeps Nadal’s chances for a calendar year Grand Slam alive. The 36-year-old Spaniard then faces Nick Kyrgios for a spot in Sunday’s final.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion had left the field with a coach for a medical timeout in the second set, but returned and continued to play.

Second-seeded Nadal improved to 8-0 in quarter-finals at the All England Club.

In 1969, Rod Laver was the last man to win all four major tournaments in the same calendar year.

5:45 p.m.

Coco Gauff and Jack Sock have been eliminated from the mixed doubles tournament at Wimbledon.

The American duo lost in the semifinals to the Australian duo Sam Stosur and Matthew Ebden 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 at No. 3 Court.

Both Gauff and Sock reached the third round in singles.

Stosur and Ebden will face Sania Mirza and Mate Pavic or Desirae Krawczyk and Neal Skupski in the final.

5:40 PM

Nick Kyrgios reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time by beating Cristian Garin 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5) at Center Court at Wimbledon.

Kyrgios reached the quarter-finals in the All England Club when he made his grass court debut in 2014, but this year he returned to that podium for the first time.

The Australian is the lowest placed and first unseeded men’s semi-finalist since 2008. He is currently in 40th place.

Kyrgios will face two-time champion Rafael Nadal or Taylor Fritz in the semifinals on Friday.

3 p.m.

Elena Rybakina became the first woman from Kazakhstan to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament by beating Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 at Wimbledon.

17th-seeded Rybakina dropped her first set of the grass court tournament, but broke her Australian opponent early in the second and third sets.

Rybakina hit 15 aces against Tomljanovic at No. 1 Court and will next face 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep for a spot in the final.

2:40 pm

Simona Halep reached the Wimbledon semifinals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over 20-year-old Amanda Anisimova, the last American in the draw.

The 2019 Wimbledon champion extended her winning streak at the All England Club to 12 matches.

Sixteenth-seeded Halep has not dropped a set en route to the last four.

She then faces off against either 17th-seeded Elena Rybakina or unseeded Ajla Tomljanovic for a place in the final.

The 30-year-old Romanian was unable to defend her 2019 title last year – after the 2020 edition was canceled – due to a calf injury.

Anisimova was 17 years old when she defeated Halep in the quarterfinals of the 2019 French Open, ruining Halep’s title defense.


Two former champions stand on Center Court in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

Simona Halep, the 2019 All England Club champion, takes on Amanda Anisimova first. Two-time champion Rafael Nadal follows against Taylor Fritz.

Both Anisimova and Fritz are Americans and will try to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time.

At No. 1, Ajla Tomljanovic will face 17th-seeded Elena Rybakina before Nick Kyrgios takes on Cristian Garin in the later game.

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