In a surprise that is sure to be a surprise, Taylor Fritz will face Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.
The 36-year-old Spaniard has been impressive since the beginning of the season. However, he is having more trouble on the London lawn. However, the "Rafa", however, is proving difficult. The Majorcan also lost a set in the first round. Always the third.
The English Grand Slam double winner seems to have passed on the second. Lorenzo Sorego won in 2h03 and Botic Van de Zandschulp won in 2h21. Jostled, this earth specialist has never cracked.
Rafael Nadal, however, can be afraid of his opponent, twelve years younger, despite his newly regained form.
The Spaniard was back to his best at the beginning of the year. The former world No. 1 was able to train in Melbourne. The Australian Grand Slam was won by No. 1. Before another win in Acapulco, there were two wins in the same tournaments.
"Rafa", who arrives in Indian Wells with confidence, has won 22 consecutive matches. He lost against Taylor Fritz in the Masters 1000 final.
This San Diego-area native begins this final strong, slamming a 4-0 before winning 6-3. The local of the stage was pushed by his audience and won the tie-break in set two. He also won the Californian tournament, after a final of 2h05.
The two teams faced off in Acapulco in 2020. The final was again played. The veteran won easily 6-3,6-2.
It is not necessary to describe "Rafa", the French game that every tennis fan knows well. Taylor Fritz is part the "Next Gen". He already has eight titles and will be celebrating his 25th birthday October 28.
The Californian can count on a strong serve thanks to his 93-meter. He is right-handed and has a backhand that can be used with both hands.
Taylor Fritz is close to the Top 10, having risen from 40th in the world one year ago. He is seeded No. He was ranked 9th in Race and 11th in London.
The 24-year-old made grass and hard work his preferred surface, not his opponent, who is a specialist in ochre.
The 2019 Eastbourne victory was the American's first on the professional circuit. An ATP 250 on grass or outdoors.
Taylor Fritz won the Rebelote award this year, beating Alex de Minaur in the final. Perfect preparation for Wimbledon.
Taylor Fritz has not trembled on the London lawn this year. Three sets of victories, four. Ten games conceded per game on average
He then got rid of Lorenzo Musetti and Alastair Gray as well as Alex Molcan, Jason Kubler, and Alex Molcan.
Taylor Fritz's quarter-final performance is his best Grand Slam performance to date. He had never been better than a round 16 up to that point. It was in Australia this season. Beaten by Stefanos Tisipas in five sets
And Taylor Fritz can dream big. He will be able to challenge Novak Djokovic, the three-time champion and master of the place, if he can get rid of Rafael Nadal. If needed, an additional motivator.