Rafael Nadal, the second seed, advanced one step closer to achieving the uncommon calendar-year Grand Slam on Monday by advancing to the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a convincing 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(6) victory over Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp.
The Spaniard has had the least success at the All England Club, where he has won two of his 22 major championships, but this year was the first time in his career that he has won back-to-back wins at the Australian and French Opens.
The Mallorcan would complete the calendar Slam, a feat last accomplished in 1969 by Australian great Rod Laver, with a victory at the US Open and a third Wimbledon victory, her first on the well-maintained courts since 2010.
He will compete against American Taylor Fritz, the 11th seed, to advance to Friday’s semi-finals.
After not competing at Wimbledon for three years, Nadal commented, “It’s unbelievable for me to be in the quarterfinals here.” “I’m so incredibly delighted.” Overall, the match was successful despite the difficult opponent. A great player, in my opinion.”