Nadal ties Wimbledon body talk as Halep, Rybakina make semi-finals

Rafael Nadal has thrown off new fitness concerns as he aims for a place in the Wimbledon round of 16 on Wednesday, while Nick Kyrgios plays in the shadow of new controversy.

In Nadal’s last-16 clash against Botic van de Zandschulp, the 36-year-old had tires across his abdomen.

“I’m a little tired of talking about my body, all the problems I have,” said 22-time Grand Slam title winner Nadal, who has never lost a Wimbledon quarter-final.

As Nadal prepared to beat Taylor Fritz in his quarterfinals, Kazakhstan’s 2019 champions Simona Halep and Elena Rybakina battled it out for a place in the women’s final.

“This is definitely my best tennis,” said the Romanian, who missed Wimbledon last year with a calf injury.

Halep has yet to drop a set at this year’s tournament as she pursues a third major title, having also won the 2018 French Open.

“It’s great. I’m very happy to be in the semi-finals. It was a very tough game,” said the 23-year-old Moscow-born player.

– Nadal Slam dream –

In-form Fritz is in the last eight of a Slam for the first time and hasn’t dropped a set yet. He warmed up for Wimbledon by claiming the grass course title in Eastbourne.

That defeat ended his 20-game winning streak and forced him to take six weeks off before the clay-court season.

Despite the presence of Nadal and six-time champion Novak Djokovic in the draw, Kyrgios was arguably the headliner.

The 27-year-old has taken his number of aces past 100, hitting a total of 257 winners in four rounds.

“I’m back in the Wimbledon quarter-finals now and I just know there are so many people out there who are so upset,” Kyrgios said.

Garin, in 43rd place, saved two match points to beat Australian Alex de Minaur in a grueling last-16 draw that lasted four hours and 34 minutes.

The number two of the world women Ons Jabeur and the unseeded Tatjana Maria secured their place in the semifinals on Tuesday.

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