Tuesday was Novak Djokovic day; on Wednesday, it is Rafael Nadal day on Centre Court at Wimbledon. Wimbledon schedules these two brilliantly to have Djokovic and Nadal playing every other day. Fortunately, we don’t have a case of Djokovic and Nadal playing at similar times.
The way Wimbledon is progressing, they’re likely to be playing on Centre Court simultaneously. With Djokovic winning over a pesky Jannik Sinner on Monday, he edges closer to meeting Nadal at Wimbledon.
Nadal will have to hold his own and have a response for Djokovic on Tuesday if that’s going to happen, though. Rafa has been on fire, but he meets a hot opponent on Centre Court in the quarterfinals.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2022
It was looking dicey for Djokovic early on against Sinner. Actually, I should rephrase that, because Joker was on fire in the opening set. He was a point away from taking a 5-1 lead in the first set. After losing that point, everything went sideways, and he lost that set and then the next, 6-2.
Rafa hasn’t looked bothered at any point in this tournament. He won the French Open without too much trouble, and is well on his way to going back to the final of another Grand Slam.
With his win yesterday, Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinal round for the 47th time in his career, 3rd-most in men's tennis history behind Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. pic.twitter.com/XrDI6iwVMh
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 5, 2022
Taylor Fritz stands in front of Nadal in the quarterfinals. Fritz is coming off a dominant performance against Jason Kubler for his fourth win at Wimbledon.
Fritz hasn’t played a contender yet, though. That’s going to change versus Rafa this afternoon. Head below for our free Fritz vs. Nadal prediction at Wimbledon on July 6, 2022.
Taylor Fritz vs. Rafael Nadal Wimbledon Live Betting Odds:
|Taylor Fritz||+4 (-115)||+220||Over 39 (-115)|
|Rafael Nadal||-4 (-115)||-275||Under 39 (-115)|
Fritz vs. Nadal Prediction:
Taylor Fritz is riding a hot wave of momentum going into the quarterfinals. He hasn’t dropped a set at Wimbledon going into Centre Court on Wednesday.
That was too easy after he made it look too easy against Alex Molcan. Fritz beat up on Molcan for an easy 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 win.
That’d be great if he were playing top-flight competition, but none of the opponents he’s beaten are seeded. They’re all lowly ranked players that wouldn’t hang with Nadal.
Fritz has won over Lorenzo Musetti, Alastair Gray, Alex Molcan, and Jason Kluber. Molcan at No. 51 is the highest-ranked player he beat; the next closest is Musetti at No. 70.
Now, he must deal with Nadal that is playing like he’s possessed and determined in his last two matches. Nadal skipped past Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, and then Botic van de Zandschulp most recently, 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6).
Sonego and van de Zandschulp aren’t bad players. They were seeded and went into their match with Nadal with confidence, just like Fritz on Tuesday.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2022
Overall, Nadal is 35-3 this year and perfect on the grass at 4-0. Dating back to 2018, Nadal is 14-2 on a grass surface. Fritz is a nice story, but so was van de Zandschulp.
Rafa by six games is where I’m going with this match on Centre Court. Fritz might come up with some nice spots, but cannot overcome a laser-focused Nadal. I’ll back Nadal for another win at Wimbledon.