Rafael Nadal keeps getting better with each and every match as he cruised past Botic Van De Zandschulp to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. Nadal is looking to win a calendar grand slam and after a tough first couple of matches is finding his rhythm and tactical superiority at just the right moment. Now the Spaniard looks to make the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since his four set clash with Roger Federer in 2018.
Next for Nadal is in-form American Taylor Fritz who is yet to lose a set at this year’s Wimbledon. Fritz has taken his confidence from winning the title in Eastbourne into SW19 where he has been serving well and making really good decisions in all areas of the court. Now the American has the belief and the confidence to beat anyone on his day and will look to cause a big shock on Centre Court.
In their last meeting, Fritz played one of the best matches of his career to beat Nadal for the Indian Wells title and the American will need to play a similar level here if he wants the same outcome. Fritz will look to take the match out of Nadal’s hands with his serve and first shot while the Spaniard will look to make this a gruelling battle. This could be another tough four setter for Nadal but one with his confidence he should come through.
Prediction: Nadal in four sets
Simona Halep  v Amanda Anisimova  H2H & Match Fundamentals
2019 champion Simona Halep is on an eleven match winning streak at Wimbledon and produced a statement victory over Paula Badosa to prove she is one of the favourites for the title. The Romanian has been playing some outstanding all-court tennis and will believe that she is the player to beat as she looks for a third grand slam title.
In order to reach the semi-finals though Halep will have to go through Amanda Anisimova who is having the most consistent season of her career. The American has beaten the power of Coco Gauff and the variety of Harmony Tan to reach the last eight and she will believe that with her game she can make her big grand slam breakthrough at SW19.
When they met a couple of weeks ago, Halep only dropped three games against the American in a clinical dissection of the American. To avoid that scenario again the American will need to serve perfectly and find consistency and depth to cause Halep problems. The Romanian hasn’t put a foot wrong so far and although she may find Anisimova’s consistency troubling, she won’t falter here.
After the antics and the verbal tirades, it was actually Nick Kyrgios’ physical limitations that made headlines in his five set victory over Brandon Nakashima. The Australian was struggling with a shoulder injury for the majority of that match which will be of concern to him heading into the latter stages. However if Kyrgios can stay fit and play to his maximum then he will know he can beat anyone left in the draw.
Next for Kyrgios is Cristian Garin with the Chilean taking advantage of the void left by Matteo Berrettini to reach his first grand slam quarter-final. Garin’s comeback in five sets over Alex De Minaur showed that he will be a tough player to beat as the tournament nears its conclusion. Can the Chilean seize the opportunity and reach the semis?
This will all depend on Kyrgios’ physical strength as the match is on his racket. If the Australian is fit and dialled in then he will win in straight sets, if he isn’t fit and ready to concentrate on the task at hand then he will lose in straight sets. This should be an interesting and entertaining affair which could result in another lengthy Kyrgios win.
Prediction: Kyrgios in five sets.
Elena Rybakina  v Ajla Tomljanovic H2H & Match Fundamentals
Elena Rybakina has finally brought her big game to the grass courts and produced maximum efficiency in her opening four rounds. The Kazakh has a big serve and can outhit any opponent on this surface as she looks to reach her first grand slam semi-final. There may be no better opportunity for Rybakina to achieve that feat than here at Wimbledon this year and it’s one that she hopes to take.
Next for Rybakina is Ajla Tomljanovicwho has gone one round better than last year as she is showing no effects of pressure from last year’s performance. The Australian has already knocked out two seeds at Wimbledon this year and will believe that she can knock out a third to achieve the best grand slam result of her career.
This should be an interesting battle between two players who like to only play one way. The edge goes to Rybakina given her impressive form so far this tournament and her overall composure. But it would be dangerous to count out Tomljanovic at this point given her aggressive results on grass.
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