Rafael Nadal produced another dramatic show on Wednesday at Wimbledon, where the Spaniard held off a high-powered performance from Taylor Fritz to reach the semi-finals in London.
The second seed showcased trademark strength, increasing his aggression to keep points short and delivering a high-class deciding-set tie-break to seal a 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-4) victory.
The 22-time major champion Nadal left the court for a medical timeout in the second set and seemed to be struggling with an abdominal problem midway through the pair's four-hour, 20-minute quarter-final clash.
"It was a tough afternoon against a great player. All the credit to Taylor, he has been playing great during the whole season. From my personal side, it was not an easy match at all, so I'm just very happy to be in the semi-finals," said Nadal in his on-court interview.
With the hard-fought victory over American Fritz, Nadal set up a semi-final showdown against Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios.
Kryrgios reached his first Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday, overcoming Chile’s Cristian Garin 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 with his thunderous ball hitting to register the most significant win of his season after two hours and 13 minutes.
In the other semifinal, Novak Djokovic will play hoe crowd favourite, Cameron Norrie.
The men’s singles semifinals are scheduled for Friday.