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Rafael Nadal stored his calendar Grand Slam dream alive Wednesday but it surely took every part he had.
The Spaniard beat American Taylor Fritz in a fifth-set tiebreaker 10-4 in a grueling match that consumed 4 hours, 21 minutes.
Nadal, winner of the Australian and French opens, strikes on to a Wimbledon semifinal showdown with Australian Nick Kyrgios, who glided to victory earlier within the day with a straight-sets victory over Chile’s Cristian Garin — a match that required about half the time of Nadal-Fritz.
Nadal received 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4). He was in such ache with an stomach harm early within the match that he later mentioned he had come near calling it quits. In reality, his father was urging him from the participant’s field to name it a day.
“For lots of moments I used to be considering perhaps I won’t be capable of end the match,” Nadal mentioned afterward. “However the courtroom, the power was one thing else.”
He’s seeking to change into the primary man since 1969 to finish a calendar Grand Slam, successful all 4 main championships in the identical yr. Rod Laver was the final man to perform the feat.