Cornet also lost a grueling three-set match against Ajla Tomljanovic in the fourth round of the singles tournament which lasted 2 hours and 35 minutes.
Everything went well for Rafael Nadal against Botic van de Zandschulp until it was time to close 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 consecutive match points as he led 6-3 in the break. equality that followed.
It was the end of the Dutchman’s resistance, however, 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 tournament on grass since 2019, when he lost to Roger Federer in the semi-finals of Wimbledon. He is in the hunt for his third Wimbledon title and has a shot 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 11th-seeded Taylor Fritz, the only American remaining in the draw.
Amanda Anisimova ended Harmony Tan’s surprising run and reached the quarter-finals at the All England Club for the first time.
Anisimova followed up her upset win over Coco Gauff by defeating Tan 6-2, 6-3 on Court No. 1. She will next face 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep.
It’s the 20-year-old American’s first Grand Slam quarter-final since the French Open semi-finals in 2019, when she also beat Tan along the way. Anisimova lost in the first round of Wimbledon last year.
Tan was making her first Wimbledon appearance and ousted Serena Williams in three sets in the first round on center court.
Ajla Tomljanovic came from a set down to beat Alize Cornet and reach her second straight Wimbledon quarter-final.
The Australian won 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Court No 2 to set up a meeting with Elena Rybakina, and was in tears after a grueling match that lasted 2 hours and 35 minutes.
“I didn’t really think I could do it,” said Tomljanovic, who lost to eventual champion Ash Barty in the quarter-finals last year. “I can’t believe that a year later I’m in the same position.”
Cornet, 32, ended No. 1 Iga Swiatek’s 37-game winning streak in the previous round. The French veteran was playing in her 62nd consecutive Grand Slam tournament – equaling the WTA record held by Ai Sugiyama – and 65th overall, but only reached her first major quarter-final at the Australian Open this year.
Simona Halep lives up to her status as the only remaining former Grand Slam champion in this year’s women’s draw.
The Romanian defeated fourth seed Paula Badosa 6-1, 6-2 on center court to return to the Wimbledon quarter-finals and extend her winning streak at the All England Club to 11 games.
16th-seeded Halep won the title in 2019 but missed last year’s edition through injury, while the 2020 tournament was canceled due to the pandemic. It was, however, Halep’s first victory against a top-five ranked player on grass.
The former No.1, who also won the French Open in 2018, is yet to drop a set in this year’s tournament and has consistently gotten the better of Badosa in grassroots rallies. She finished with just nine unforced errors and saved the only break point she faced.
Badosa’s loss means No. 3 Ons Jabeur is the only top-10 seed in the women’s tournament.
Taylor Fritz has made sure there will be an American in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
After three of his countrymen lost in the fourth round, 11th-seeded Fritz ended that streak by beating qualifier Jason Kubler 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the last eight of a Grand Slam for the first time.
“I’m glad I was able to get the win on July 4, being an American,” Fritz said in an on-court interview.
It was Fritz’s eighth consecutive victory on grass after winning a warm-up tournament at Eastbourne.
He will then face Rafael Nadal or Botic van de Zandschulp.
Nick Kyrgios is back in the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time since his debut in 2014 after improving his record in five sets at the All England Club to 6-0.
Kyrgios overcame an ailing shoulder and a fall in the fourth set to beat 20-year-old American Brandon Nakashima 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2 on center court.
Kyrgios needed treatment on his right shoulder several times during the match and was broken twice in a row in the fourth set.
But he took a 5-1 lead in the fifth and converted his first match point with a forehand volley.
Despite the troublesome shoulder, Kyrgios finished with 35 aces. And there was little antics or arguments from the Aussie, unlike his previous match against Stefanos Tsitsipas, when he repeatedly argued loudly with the chair umpire and was charged by his adversary to be disrespectful.
Kyrgios also needed five sets to pass Paul Jubb in the first round. He will then face another unranked player, Cristian Garin from Chile, who came from two sets down to beat Alex de Minaur.
Cristian Garin came from two sets down and saved two match points in the fifth before beating Alex de Minaur to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final.
The unseeded Chilean trailed 5-3 in the first-to-10 tiebreaker of the fifth set before picking up six straight points to take a 9-5 lead. He then converted his second match point to advance 2-6, 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-6(6) on Court No 2 after 4 hours and 34 minutes.
He is the first Chilean to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final since Fernando Gonzalez in 2009.
19th-seeded De Minaur had never dropped a set to Garin in three previous encounters and looked set to maintain that streak when he led 3-1 in the third-set tiebreaker. The Aussie then held two match points at 5-4 in the fifth.
Elena Rybakina is in the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time after beating Petra Martic 7-5, 6-3 on Court 1.
17th-seeded Rybakina broke in the final game of the first set and then again for a 4-2 lead in the second. She finished with 26 winners against 13 for her opponent.
Rybakina reached the French Open quarter-finals last year, when she made the fourth round at Wimbledon in her first appearance for the All England Club. Martic was playing at Wimbledon for the 10th time but never made it past the fourth round.
Rybakina will then face Alize Cornet or Ajla Tomljanovic.
Former Wimbledon champions Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal will both play on center court after Nick Kyrios opened the day against American player Brandon Nakashima.
All will try to reach the quarter-finals at the All England Club.
Halep won the Wimbledon title in 2019. The 16th-seeded Romanian will take on fourth-seeded Paula Badosa. Second-seeded Nadal will play the final game in the main stadium against Botic van de Zandschulp.
Harmony Tan, the woman who beat seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in the first round, will face 20th seed Amanda Anisimova of the United States on Court No. 1.
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