Terrific Tiafoe shocks Nadal to reach US Open quarter-finals

Rafael Nadal crashed out of the US Open after going down in four sets against Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round on Monday.

The 22-time Grand Slam winner, who has already captured the Australian Open and French Open this season, was ousted 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 as inspired home favourite Tiafoe inflicted a first defeat major defeat on the Spaniard in 2022.

Four-time champion Nadal was aiming for a record-equalling fifth triumph at Flushing Meadows this year, which would have moved him level with Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.

However, he came unstuck by the 24-year-old, who became the first American to reach the US Open last eight since John Isner in 2018 – and youngest since Andy Roddick 12 years earlier.

Nadal had dropped the opening set in his victories over Rinky Hijikata and Fabio Fognini earlier this week, and followed suit as 22nd seed Tiafoe broke in game seven on the way to drawing first blood on Arthur Ashe.

Seeking a 10th quarter-final appearance in the Big Apple, the Spaniard had only suffered one defeat in his previous 22 matches against American opponents since October 2017; losing out to Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final earlier this term.

He responded to level and end Tiafoe’s streak of 10 successive sets on the way to reaching round four for the third year running.

But the home favourite – and last remaining American in the men’s draw – was not affected. Inspired by an electric atmosphere on Ashe, he broke again to regain the lead.

Nadal then broke early in the fourth for a 3-1 advantage, but Tiafoe was not to be denied. Indeed, he won the next five games to seal a remarkable victory.

His reward is a quarter-final showdown with Andrey Rublev, who is into the last eight in New York for the third time after defeating Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Iga Swiatek recovered from dropping her first set of the tournament to see off Wimbledon quarter-finalist Jule Niemeier 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.

The top seed is through to the last eight for the first time after denying the world number 108, who was making her maiden main-draw appearance at Flushing Meadows.

World number one Iga Swiatek faces former champion Sloane Stephens in the pick of the matches on day four at the US Open.

The second round continues at Flushing Meadows on Thursday, with three previous winners of the event in action.

One of which is home favourite Stephens, who lifted the trophy at Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2017. Although, she will have her work cut out against Swiatek.

The top seed is targeting her seventh silverware of a magnificent season so far, but has endured somewhat of a reality check in recent times after her 37-match winning streak was ended by Alize Cornet at Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal’s quest for a record-equalling fifth title resumes against Italy’s Fabio Fognini.

Second seed Nadal survived an early scare against Rinky Hijikata in round one, but recovered for his 20th successive victory in Grand Slam tournaments this year.

Compatriot Carlos Alcaraz takes on Federico Coria, who is targeting his maiden third-round appearance in New York. So too is Hubert Hurkacz; the eighth seed locking horns with Ilya Ivashka.

The same can be said for fourth seed Paula Badosa, who faces Petra Martic, as three-time runner-up Victoria Azarenka does battle with Marta Kostyuk.

Marin Cilic – champion here in 2014 – takes on Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Wimbledon semi-finalist Cameron Norrie clashes with Joao Sousa, as former US Open quarter-finalists Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman play Soonwoo Kwon and Alexei Popyrin respectively.

2016 runner-up Karolina Pliskova goes head to head with Marie Bouzkova, and eighth seed Jessica Pegula faces Aliaksandra Sasnovich with Garbine Muguruza playing Linda Fruhvirtova.

Elsewhere, former semi-finalists Belinda Bencic and Aryna Sabalenka take on Sorana Cirstea and Kaia Kanepi respectively, as Jannik Sinner locks horns with Christopher Eubanks.

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US Open 2022 Day Four Schedule

Thursday September 1

ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM
Iga Swiatek (1) v Sloane Stephens
Federico Coria v Carlos Alcaraz (3)
Fabio Fognini v Rafael Nadal (2)

LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM
Aliaksandra Sasnovich v Jessica Pegula (8)
Christopher Eubanks v Jannik Sinner (11)
Garbine Muguruza (9) v Linda Fruhvirtova
Cristian Bucsa v Danielle Collins (19)

GRANDSTAND
Borna Coric (25) v Jenson Brooksby
Anhelina Kalinina v Petra Kvitova (21)
Jason Kubler v Frances Tiafoe (22)

Court 5
Marin Cilic (15) v Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Alize Cornet v Katerina Siniakova
Soonwoo Kwon v Andrey Rublev (9)
Kaia Kanepi v Aryna Sabalenka (6)

Court 10
Yulia Putintseva v Jule Niemeier
Gijs Brouwer v Lorenzo Musetti (26)
Miomir Kecmanovic (32) v Richard Gasquet

Court 11
Sorana Cirstea v Belinda Bencic (13)
Irina-Camelia Begu v Yue Yuan
Diego Schwartzman (14) v Alexei Popyrin
Hubert Hurkacz (8) v Ilya Ivashka

Court 12
James Duckworth v Daniel Evans (20)
Cameron Norrie (7) v Joao Sousa
Karolina Pliskova (22) v Marie Bouzkova
Clara Burel v Alison Van Uytvanck

Court 13
Lauren Davis v Ekaterina Alexandrova (28)
Anastasia Potapova v Qinwen Zheng

Court 17
Marta Kostyuk v Victoria Azarenka (26)
Paula Badosa (4) v Petra Martic
Grigor Dimitrov (17) v Brandon Nakashima
Denis Shapovalov (19) v Roberto Carballes Baena

Rafael Nadal marks his US Open return when he faces Australian qualifier Rinky Hijikata at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday.

The 22-time major champion is back in New York for the first time since 2019, when he claimed his fourth title on Arthur Ashe.

Nadal also returns in a Grand Slam tournament, having withdrawn from his scheduled Wimbledon semi-final with Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal injury.

The Spaniard, who has already captured the Australian Open and French Open crowns, now looks to extend his perfect record in majors this year, having gone 19-0 so far.

And the 36-year-old is aiming to become only the fourth male player of the Open Era to triumph five times in the Big Apple after Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.

Although, he suffered a first-round exit in Cincinnati earlier this month, and that will encourage Slam main-draw debutant Hijikata in his quest to claim an incredible scalp.

Nadal’s compatriot Carlos Alcaraz is targeting another strong run in the Big Apple, where he made his breakthrough by reaching the quarter-finals last year.

The third seed, who has four titles to his name this season, takes on Argentina’s Sebastian Baez, while Wimbledon semi-finalist Cameron Norrie goes up against Benoit Paire.

Top seed Iga Swiatek begins her quest for a seventh trophy of a remarkable year with a tricky test against world number 56 Jasmine Paolini.

Swiatek embarked on incredible 37-match unbeaten streak that was ended at Wimbledon by Alize Cornet, who is set to appear in a record-breaking 63rd consecutive Grand Slam.

The Frenchwoman would love to mark the occasion by abruptly ended the title defence of reigning champion Emma Raducanu, who looks to successfully retain the crown she won in fairytale fashion 12 months ago.

Elsewhere, two-time champion Naomi Osaka takes on home favourite Danielle Collins, while Venus Williams’ 91st major appearance begins against Alison Van Uytvanck.

Marin Cilic – a winner here in 2014 – plays Maximilian Marterer, as Cincinnati champion Borna Coric looks to build on that momentum against Enzo Couacaud.

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US Open 2022 Day Two Schedule

Tuesday August 30

ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM
Sebastian Baez v Carlos Alcaraz (3)
Alison Van Uytvanck v Venus Williams
Rinky Hijikata v Rafael Nadal (2)
Naomi Osaka v Danielle Collins (19)

LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM
Iga Swiatek (1) v Jasmine Paolini
Greet Minnen v Sloane Stephens
Daniel Altmeier v Jannik Sinner (11)
Emma Raducanu (11) v Alize Cornet
Diego Schwartzman (14) v Jack Sock

GRANDSTAND
Viktorija Golubic v Jessica Pegula (8)
John Isner v Federico Delbonis
Marin Cilic (15) v Maximilian Marterer
Amanda Anisimova (24) v Yulia Putintseva

Court 4
Qinwen Zheng v Jelena Ostapenko (16)
Peter Gojowczyk v Holger Rune (28)
Norbert Gombos v Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Mayar Sherif v Marta Kostyuk

Court 5
Garbine Muguruza (9) v Clara Tauson
Laslo Djere v Andrey Rublev (9)
Hubert Hurkacz (8) v Oscar Otte
Ashlyn Krueger v Victoria Azarenka (26)

Court 6
Karolina Pliskova (22) v Magda Linette
Tallon Griekspoor v Federico Coria
Jenson Brooksby v Dusan Lajovic
Kaja Juvan v Cristian Bucsa

Court 7
Joao Sousa v Mackenzie McDonald
Andrea Petkovic v Belinda Bencic (13)
Sam Querrey v Ilya Ivashka
Peyton Stearns v Ekaterina Alexandrova (28)

Court 8
Marie Bouzkova v Linda Noskova
Miomir Kecmanovic (32) v Learner Tien
Adrian Mannarino v Gijs Brouwer

Court 9
Linda Fruhvirtova v Xinyu Wang
James Duckworth v Christopher O’Connell
Yue Yuan v Jaimee Fourlis
Alexei Popyrin v Chun-hsin Tseng

Court 10
Catherine Harrison v Aryna Sabalenka (6)
Jiri Vesely v Daniel Evans (20)
Lauren Davis v Lucia Bronzetti
Denis Shapovalov (19) v Marc-Andrea Huesler

Court 11
Cameron Norrie (7) v Benoit Paire
Bernarda Para v Anhelina Kalinina
Borna Coric (25) v Enzo Couacaud
Taylor Townsend v Katerina Siniakova

Court 12
Brandon Nakashima v Pavel Kotov
Elena Rybakina (25) v Clara Burel
David Goffin v Lorenzo Musetti (26)
Sofia Kenin v Jule Niemeier

Court 13
Laura Siegemund v Sorana Cirstea
Claire Liu v Anastasia Potapova
Pedro Martinez v Christopher Eubanks
Fabio Fognini v Aslan Karatsev

Court 14
Kaia Kanepi v Tereza Martincova
Fernando Verdasco v Soonwoo Kwon
Elise Mertens (32) v Irina-Camelia Begu
Jaume Munar v Roberto Carballes Baena

Court 15
Taro Daniel v Richard Gasquet
Elisabetta Cocciaretto v Aliaksandra Sasnovich
Varvara Gracheva v Petra Martic
Jason Kubler v Mikael Ymer

Court 17
Grigor Dimitrov (17) v Steve Johnson
Erika Andreeva v Petra Kvitova (21)
Paula Badosa (4) v Lesia Tsurenko
Marcos Giron v Frances Tiafoe (22)

Rafael Nadal marks his return to action with a clash against Borna Coric in the Second Round of the 2022 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Wednesday.

Nadal saw his hopes of a first seasonal Grand Slam end in agonising fashion at Wimbledon as he was forced to withdraw prior to his Semi-Final clash with Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal muscle tear.

Following six weeks of recuperation, the world number three will make his return on hard court in Cincinnati – an event he has won on just one occasion (2013).

It is unclear as to whether Nadal will be back to anything near full fitness, but he has won 20 of his last 21 matches on hard court, winning the Australian Open and finishing runner-up at Indian Wells.

The 36-year-old is in contention for the ATP number one ranking, but must win the title this weekend and hope Daniil Medvedev fails to reach the Quarter-Final stage.

Croatia’s Coric pulled off an impressive win over world number 33 Lorenzo Musetti in straight sets on Tuesday to secure only his second hard court win of the season.

World ranked 152, Coric was a quarter-finalist in the 2020 US Open has incredibly won two of his four previous meetings with Nadal, including the Round of 16 here in Cincinnati in 2016.

Either 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut or Marcos Giron will await the winner in the Third Round on Thursday.

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Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from Wimbledon 2022 through injury on the eve of his Semi-Final clash with Nick Kyrgios.

Nadal was visibly struggling with an abdominal injury during his Quarter-Final contest against Taylor Fritz on Wednesday, but pushed through the pain barrier to win a five-set thriller.

The 36-year-old returned to the practice court at SW19 on Thursday for light training but showed further signs of discomfort when serving.

Nadal confirmed he has suffered a tear in his abdominal muscle which means he would not be able to be competitive over a further potential two matches in the space of three days.

His withdrawal means Kyrgios receives a bye into his first Grand Slam final – where either Novak Djokovic or Cameron Norrie await.

“Throughout the whole day I have been thinking about the decision to make,” said Nadal.

“I think it doesn’t make sense to play. I feel very sad to say that.

“I can’t imagine myself winning two matches and for respect to myself in some way I don’t want to go out and not be competitive enough.

“A couple of weeks ago I saw my career very different because of the foot injury.

“The most important thing is happiness more than any titles. I can’t risk that match and stay two or three months out of the competition.

“I am very sad and it is a very tough one.”

Nadal, who picked up the Australian Open and French Open titles earlier in the year, was bidding to make it a hat-trick of Grand Slams and take his overall tally to 23.

He has suffered numerous injury setbacks already this season, including a rib problem at Indian Wells and a recurrence of a longstanding foot injury at Roland Garros.

The Spaniard ignored calls from his father and sister to quit during his match against Fritz but insisted he had no regrets over the decision to continue.

The all-time record Grand Slam holder will now aim to get back to full fitness in time for the US Open at Flushing Meadows later next month.

Kyrgios swept aside Chile’s Cristian Garin in straight sets on Wednesday to break new ground and Nadal’s withdrawal means he will have three days’ rest prior to Sunday’s showpiece.

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Rafael Nadal rallied through to the Wimbledon semi-finals after beating Taylor Fritz in a nail-biting fifth-set tie-break on Wednesday.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion maintained his perfect quarter-final record at SW19; making it eight wins from eight as he prevailed 3-6 7-5 3-6 7-5 7-6(4) in an epic encounter that lasted four hours and 21 minutes.

But it proved a constant struggle on Centre Court for the Spaniard, who appeared on the brink of defaulting on numerous occasions.

Nadal has captured the Australian Open and French Open crowns this season despite an ongoing foot injury, while a rib issue threatened his hopes of completing a Calendar Slam in 2022.

He appeared to be struggling early on as first-time Slam quarter-finalist Fritz reeled off five successive games from 3-1 down in the opening set – including 11 of the last 12 points from deuce at 3-3 – to draw first blood.

The Eastbourne champion was appearing in the last eight having not dropped a single set; becoming the first American to do so at Wimbledon since Andy Roddick in 2007.

But that streak ended as Nadal replied. Although, the Spaniard looked uncomfortable and called for a medical timeout upon the conclusion of the second.

Fritz, who prevailed when they previously met in the Indian Wells showpiece in March, capitalised to take the third set 6-3 and move to the brink of ending his opponent’s 18-match winning streak in Grand Slam events this year.

Nevertheless, the two-time Wimbledon winner dug deep to force a deciding set and subsequent tie-break.

And despite having recorded just five aces to his opponent’s 19 while looking increasingly uncomfortable as the contest wore on, he somehow dominated the tie-break 10-4 to seal a remarkable victory.

His reward is a showdown with Nick Kyrgios, who will appear in his maiden career Slam semi-final after beating Cristian Garin in straight sets.

Garin had recovered from two sets down to defeat Kyrgios’ compatriot Alex De Minaur in the previous round and become the first Chilean to reach the quarter-finals of a Slam since Francisco Gonzalez at the 2009 US Open.

But he was outclassed on this occasion by the world number 40, who became the lowest-ranked player to reach the Wimbledon last four since 2008 – and first male from Australia to do so since Lleyton Hewitt three years earlier.

Over in the Ladies’ draw, Simona Halep continued her dominant run with a commanding 6-2 6-4 win over Amanda Anisimova.

The 2019 champion recorded her 12th straight victory at the All England Club – the longest streak since Serena Williams’ run of 20 between 2015 and 2018 – and she is yet to drop a set this year.

Standing in her way of a place in the final is Elena Rybakina after the 17th seed came from behind to beat Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6 6-2 6-3.

The Kazakhstani ace registered her eighth win in nine matches at SW19 as she became the first player from her nation – male or female – to reach the last four of a Slam.

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Wimbledon 2022 Day 10 Results

Wednesday July 6

Quarter-Finals

Centre Court
Simona Halep 6-2 6-4 Amanda Anisimova
Taylor Fritz 6-3 5-7 6-3 5-7 6-7(4) Rafael Nadal

No.1 Court
Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4 2-6 3-6 Elena Rybakina
Cristian Garín 4-6 3-6 6-7(5) Nick Kyrgios

Rafael Nadal will continue his quest for a 23rd Grand Slam when he takes on Botic Van De Zandschulp in the round of 16 of Wimbledon on Monday.

Nadal dropped a set in each of his first two matches at Wimbledon 2022 but finally registered a dominating victory in the following round. The Spaniard demolished Lorenzo Sonego in under two hours, dropping just seven games in the process.

Rafa has won his last 15 matches in the round of 16 of Grand Slams. Nadal has won four titles so far this season, including the Australian Open and the French Open.

Nadal has won Wimbledon on two occasions and now he is just one match away from reaching his eighth Quarter-Final at SW19.

The 36-year-old has claimed back-to-back major titles for the first time since 2010 and now has the opportunity to challenge for a first seasonal Grand Slam.

Van De Zandschulp is in the midst of a solid season, which culminated recently with a final in Munich on clay and semi-finals at Queen’s Club on grass.

He has won six of his nine matches on grass recently, including three victories at Wimbledon last week over Feliciano Lopez, Emil Ruusuvuori and Richard Gasquet.

The Dutch talent has been stopped only by top-5 players in the previous three Grand Slams, including a recent loss against Rafael Nadal at the French Open.

We expect Rafa to be served up a tough test here, so our prediction is Over 3.5 Sets at odds of 1/1 with Bet365.

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Two-time champion Rafael Nadal will come up against Lorenzo Sonego in the round of 16 of Wimbledon 2022 on Saturday.

Nadal has dropped a set in each of his two victories over Francisco Cerundolo and Ricardas Berankis so far this week at SW19.

Although Nadal is not the firm favourite to win this Grand Slam, he has defied the odds to win several big titles already this year, including the Australian Open and French Open in the same season for the first time in his career this year.

Nadal has won Wimbledon on two occasions and reached the Semi-Finals in his last two visits back in 2018 and 2019.

Sonego had an extremely difficult first-round match against Denis Kudla where he had to fight back from one set down to win in five sets. However, he looked much better in the second round against Hugo Gaston, winning the match in straight sets.

The Italian reached the Quarter-Finals in Stuttgart earlier this month and he holds a decent 18-12 record on the grass surface.

Sonego has only won two out of seven matches against top-5 players and did well to win a set against both Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas recently.

Our prediction for this clash is Over 3.5 Sets at odds of 5/6 with Bet365.

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22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal continues his 2022 Wimbledon campaign against Ricardas Berankis in Round Two on Thursday.

Nadal was not expected to participate at Wimbledon after winning the first two Grand Slams of the year. However, the Spaniard kicked off his Wimbledon campaign in a rusty manner, having dropped a set against the inexperienced Francisco Cerundolo.

Nadal has suffered only five Second Round defeats in Grand Slams so far in his career, but three of those losses came here at SW19.

The 36-year-old is aiming for a third Wimbledon title and his path to the final looks a lot easier now with Marin Cilic, Felix Auger Aliassime, and Matteo Berrettini no longer participating in the tournament.

Berankis was on a three-match losing streak before arriving in Wimbledon. He has not played a single match on grass this year prior to Wimbledon, but he still managed to dominate Sam Querrey in the opening round.

This was Berankis’ only fourth career win at Wimbledon and he has now reached the Second Round only for the second time in his career.

Overall, Berankis’ record in Grand Slams at this stage is pretty poor, having won just four of his 16 matches.

Our prediction for this match is Under 32.5 Games at odds of 6/10 with Bet365.

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Rafael Nadal launches his quest for a third consecutive Grand Slam with a tie against Francisco Cerundolo in Round One at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Nadal has been the most in-form player on the circuit so far this year, having won 31 matches at the expense of just four defeats, moving two clear at the top of the all-time majors list courtesy of his triumphs at the Australian Open and French Open.

Nadal has skipped Wimbledon last year and it was not 100 per cent sure that he would compete in the grass slam this year as he had been struggling with injuries and fatigue problems at the French Open.

Grass is Nadal’s least favorite surface, however, he still holds an excellent record of 75 victories and just 25 defeats on this surface and claimed glory here in 2008 and 2010.

Cerundolo is known as a clay specialist and that’s why he has only played six matches on the grass surface in his career. Last year at Wimbledon, he was eliminated in the third qualifying match. This year, he has won just once in three matches.

The Argentinian is now aiming to win his first match at the Grand Slam level at Wimbledon but faces a formidable task against one of the sport’s all-time greats.

Our best bet is Under 29.5 Games at odds of 6/10 with Bet365.

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