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Nadal vs Querrey Wimbledon live streaming, preview and tips - Nadal on 16-match winning streak heading into quarter-final with big-serving Querrey

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 10 Jul 2019
  • Rafael Nadal vs Sam Querrey is live from Wimbledon around 3.00pm local time/BST on Wednesday
  • Nadal leads their head-to-head 4-1, but Querrey won their last clash in Acapulco in 2017
Rafael Nadal (PA Images)

Rafael Nadal targets his 17th win on the bounce when he takes on the dangerous Sam Querrey for a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday.

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Into the Wimbledon quarter-finals for just the second time in the last eight years, can Rafael Nadal extend his current winning streak to 17 matches and return to the semi-finals when he comes up against big-serving former semi-finalist Sam Querrey on Wednesday?

After years of underwhelming performances at Wimbledon since lifting the title in 2018 and 2010, along with finishing runner-up in 2011, Nadal is back to his best on the lawns and when he makes it this far and the grass is chopped up and playing more like a clay-court, he’s as good a chance as anyone to walk away with the title on Sunday. The Spaniard arguably had the most dangerous early round draw of any of the top seeds, facing the mercurial Nick Kyrgios and former semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first week, but Nadal handled the aggressive shotmakers with aplomb before proceeding to absolutely thump Joao Sousa 6-2 6-2 6-2 in the fourth round. Nadal fired 30 winners and made just 10 unforced errors in the straight sets demolition, signalling a warning sign for the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

It’s certainly been an impressive return to form for Nadal, who started 2019 with a demoralising Australian Open final loss to Djokovic and followed that up by losing to Kyrgios in the second round of Acapulco before withdrawing from the Indian Wells semi-finals with a knee injury. Returning for the clay season, Nadal suffered a string of uncharacteristic losses to the likes of Fabio Fognini, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas as he failed to make a clay-court final before May for the first time since 2004.

So questionable was his form, many believed Nadal wasn’t the favourite for Roland Garros. However, the Spaniard hasn’t lost a match since Madrid, surging to the title in Rome with a win over Djokovic in the final before knocking off Thiem in the Roland Garros final for the second year in a row. And without a proper grass-court warm-up, Nadal has glided into the Wimbledon quarter-finals in intimidating fashion. After his early exits at The Championships over the last few years, you’d be forgiven to think the days of Nadal dominating Roland Garros and then doing the same at Wimbledon were over. But the 18-time major champion is well and truly in the mix to win this title - however, he does have a potentially tricky next opponent.

Sam Querrey (PA Images)
Sam Querrey probably should have achieved more success in his career with the weapons he has, but the laid-back American has done some of his best work at Wimbledon over the last few years, taking out Djokovic on his way to the 2016 quarter-finals and following that up with a victory over then No. 1 Andy Murray (along with Tsonga and Kevin Anderson) to reach his one and only major semi-final in 2017, where he led Marin Cilic by a set before falling in four. Having only played one tournament since April due to an abdominal injury coming into Wimbledon, Querrey has once again saved his best tennis for the All England Club, taking out Thiem in the opening round before defeating Andrey Rublev, John Millman and Tennys Sandgren to each the last eight for the third time.


Querrey’s career-best season came in 2017 when in addition to making the Wimbledon semi-finals, he won two ATP titles in Acapulco (beating Nadal in straight sets in the final) and Los Cabos and also advanced to the U.S. Open quarter-finals. After finishing runner-up at the New York Open in February 2018, Querrey his his career-high ranking of No. 11, but he only made two more quarter-finals for the season, and by the end of last year he was outside the top 50, while he came into Wimbledon at No. 65 after winning just nine matches in 2019 before returning from injury at Eastbourne the week before The Championships, making the final before going down to Taylor Fritz.

Nadal leads their head-to-head 4-1, but as mentioned, Querrey won their last clash in Acapulco 2017 in straight sets, while he’s taken a set off the Spaniard in three of their other meetings. I do think Querrey has a small chance for the upset here, but he will have to serve perfectly and take his chances when presented. However, once they get into a neutral baseline exchange with the grass in this state, Nadal should come out on top in most of the rallies. I’ll go with Querrey to serve his way to a set, but Nadal will most likely be too good in the end.


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Nadal vs Querrey Wimbledon live streaming, preview and tips - Nadal on 16-match winning streak heading into quarter-final with big-serving Querrey

Rafael Nadal targets his 17th win on the bounce when he takes on the dangerous Sam Querrey for a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday.

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