The All England Club, where the Spaniard has won two of his 22 majors, has been the least advantageous place for Nadal, but he arrived this year after winning both the Australian and French Open titles for the first time in his career.
Mallorcan would claim a third Wimbledon title and a first since 2010 on manicured lawns and a US Open win – a feat achieved in 1969 by Australian great Rod Laver.
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She will face the 11th seed of America taylor fritz for a place in Friday’s semi-finals.
“It’s amazing for me to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon after three years without playing here,” Nadal said. “So very, very happy.
“It’s been a good match in general terms against a difficult player. I think a very good player.”
Nadal played and won at Roland Garros with painkiller injections before each match and only confirmed his participation at the All England Club after radio frequency treatment eased pain in his leg.
Playing his first tournament on grass since his 2019 semi-final loss to Roger Federer at Wimbledon, the Spaniard has shown little difficulty adjusting to the surface.
“I thought (make) a big effort to be here,” he said. “(It) takes a lot of mental and physical effort to try to play this tournament after what it has gone through over the past few months.
“But as everyone knows, Wimbledon is a tournament that I love a lot. It’s been three years without playing here. I really wanted to come back. That’s what I’m doing. So it means a lot to me.” . Quarterfinals.”
He felt that his overall game was improving “day by day”.
“It’s always like that here. It’s not about how close I am to the level or not. I don’t know. I can’t predict what’s going to happen,” Nadal said.
“But the positive thing is that the first two matches were not good. Then two days ago I played at a high level for the first time. And today most of the matches, again, at a very positive level.”
He dominated proceedings from start to finish in the fourth-round outing and wavered a bit towards the end.
Nadal came into conflict on Monday after winning the pair’s only previous meeting in straight sets for their 14th French Open title in the third round of this year’s Roland Garros.
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facing van de Zandschulp a day after top seed and defending champion Nowaki Djokovic Beating another Dutchman in Tim van Rijnthoven, Nadal had two break point chances in his opponent’s first service game but could not make them count.
With the Dutchman remaining in the opening set at 4-5, Nadal forced an error from the 26-year-old backhand with a vicious angle for the crucial break.
After saving the first break point on his serve in the opening game of the second set, Nadal breached van de Zandschulp’s delivery in the next set and took the early lead with two consecutive errors from the Dutchman.
Van de Zandschulp’s double fault in the eighth game gave Nadal a double break, as well as the second set.
A wild forehand saw Nadal suffer his first break at the start of the third. But the joy for the Dutchman and the crowd’s hopes of an extended competition were short-lived as the left-hander immediately broke down.
An incredible backhand pass on the stretch brought a break of serve for Nadal in the sixth game and the happy Spaniard celebrated with several fist pumps.
Serving for the match at 5-3, the 36-year-old was broken again as van de Zandschulp forced a tiebreak.
But Nadal took the lead, earning a crucial mini-break by winning a 30-shot rally – the longest in the match – that put the crowd on their feet.