Rafael Nadal reaches the fourth round at Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal, halfway through a calendar-year Grand Slam, advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over 27th-seeded Lorenzo Sonego , Saturday.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion beat the Italian player on center court.
“It’s my best game in the league so far, against the toughest player I’ve faced at this level,” Nadal told the crowd after the game. “I wish him the best for the rest of the season. He has a great future here.”
A few points after visiting the referee, Nadal called Sonego to the net after being broken on serve to make it 4-4 in the third set, although it’s unclear why.
The two exchanged words. And then exchanged more words after Nadal served the match.
“First of all. I have to say I was wrong. I shouldn’t call him on the net,” Nadal said after the game. “So, I apologize for that. My mistake. After that, there are other things during the game that I don’t know what to comment on because we talked in the dressing room.
“…There was one thing that bothered me that he was doing at that time. There are so-called codes between the players. We had some problems there, but that’s it.”
Nadal, who won the Australian Open and the French Open this year, won the title at the All England Club in 2008 and 2010.
The 36-year-old star will next face 21st-seeded Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp for a place in the quarter-finals.
Taylor Fritz of the United States advanced to the fourth round for the first time after a straight-sets win over Alex Molcan.
Fritz, seeded 11th, beat the Slovak 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (3) on Court 3. He will next face qualifier Jason Kubler of Australia for a place in the quarter-finals.
Kubler defeated USA qualifier Jack Sock 6-2, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3 in their third round match.
Fritz, 24, had 20 aces and only one double fault.
A total of four American men are in the round of 16 at the All England Club for the first time since 1999 following victories on Saturday by Fritz and unranked Brandon Nakashima. They join No. 23 Frances Tiafoe and No. 30 Tommy Paul, who advanced a day earlier.
Nakashima next faces Australian Nick Kyrgios, who beat fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(7) in a wild third-round match where the two players were victims of code violations.
American Jenson Brooksby, seeded No. 29, however, will not join his compatriots in the next round, as he fell to Chilean Cristian Garin, who reached the fourth round for the second consecutive year with a score of 6- 2, 6-3. , win 1-6, 6-4.
Garin, 26, will next face 19th-seeded Alex de Minaur, who ousted British wildcard Liam Broady for a place in the quarter-finals.
Garin, who is ranked 43rd, said he was enjoying the chants of his compatriots from the stands of Court No. 3. “When I hear that, I know Chileans are [here] somewhere, so that’s good,” Garin said.
Brooksby, 24, was making his Wimbledon debut.
Tom Hamilton of ESPN and The Associated Press contributed to this report.