London: Rafael Nadal, fresh off his victory at the French Open, has taken another step forward, aiming for a calendar year Grand Slam. The Spaniard did not disappoint his fans, defeating Dutch opponent Botic van de Zandschulp in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(6), to advance to the last eight.
Grass courts are not Nadal’s favourite surface, but he has two Wimbledon titles among his record 22 grand slam victories. He has already grabbed the Australian and French Open titles this year for the first time in his career.
If he wins Wimbledon and then the US Open, he will be the first man after Rod Laver to accomplish this feat of winning all four majors in a calendar year. Rod Laver of Australia achieved this feat in 1969. Nadal is capable of creating history and emulating the record of the great Rod Laver. But he has to do a plethora of work.
Sania and Pavic advance to semis in mixed doubles
Sania Mirza and Mate Pavic of Croatia advanced to the last four of the Wimbledon mixed doubles tennis championship after defeating the fourth-seeded pair of Gabriela Dabrowski and John Peers 6-4, 3-6, and 7-5.
Sania is playing her last Wimbledon; She has put her leg in the mixed doubles semis at Wimbledon for the first time in her illustrious career.
The Indo-Croatian pair remained cool at the crucial juncture of the match. Sania’s wonderful forehand once again became handy, and her powerful shots made life difficult for the duo’s opponents on the court.
The next opponent of Sania and Pavic will be the winner of the other quarterfinal fixture between second seeds Desirae Krawczyk-Neal Skupski and Jelena Ostapenko-Robert Farah, seeded seventh in the tournament.
Sania was also engaged in the doubles draw with her Czech partner Lucie Hradecka. The pair lost in the opening round, losing 6-4, 4-6, 2-6 to Magdalena Frech and Beatriz Haddad Maia.