There will be no dream quarter-final match-up against Rafael Nadal for Jason Kubler at Wimbledon, his fairytale run coming to an end at the hands over America’s Taylor Fritz.
Fritz, who beat Jason Kubler 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the last eight of a grand slam for the first time, was the only one of the four Americans in the last 16 who managed to advance to the final eight.
“I’m glad I could get the win on the Fourth of July, being an American,” Fritz said in an on-court interview.
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It was Fritz’s eighth straight victory on grass after winning a warmup tournament in Eastbourne.
Everything went smoothly for Rafael Nadal against Botic van de Zandschulp until it came time to close out their fourth-round match at Wimbledon.
Serving for the win at 5-3 in the third set, Nadal was broken for the second time in the match and he then failed to convert three straight match points when leading 6-3 in the ensuing tiebreaker.
That was the end of the Dutchman’s resistance, though, as Nadal converted his fourth match point for a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (6) win on Center Court.
The Spaniard is playing his first grass-court tournament since 2019, when he lost to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals.
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He is looking for his third Wimbledon title and has a chance at a calendar-year Grand Slam after winning the Australian Open and French Open to take his career tally to a record 22 major titles.
He will next face the 11th-seeded Fritz, with the winner playing either Nick Kyrgios or Cristian Garin.
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