Wimbledon 2022 LIVE: Rafael Nadal up a break in the fifth set against Taylor Fritz despite struggling badly with injury as he eyes yet ANOTHER miracle comeback… after Nick Kyrgios strolled through to his first Grand Slam semi
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18:54 | NADAL BREAKS! Taylor Fritz* vs Rafa Nadal 3-4 (6-3 5-7 6-3 5-7)
Is that the moment? Nadal sees three break points come and go and the momentum appears to swing in Fritz’s favour, but somehow the Spaniard drags himself back into it with some mesmerising shots.
He finally wins the fifth deuce and he’s now two games away from an incredible victory. This is enthralling tennis.
18:44 | Taylor Fritz vs Rafa Nadal* 3-3 (6-3 5-7 6-3 5-7)
That’s right, we’re still on serve. This game was much tighter though as Fritz took it to deuce, but Nadal wins it as the American smashes into the net.
18:37 | Taylor Fritz* vs Rafa Nadal 3-2 (6-3 5-7 6-3 5-7)
Remarkable. Now Fritz holds comfortably. These two were breaking each other with ease in the last set, now it seems the first one to do so in this decider might just claim victory. It’s on a knife edge.
18:35 | Taylor Fritz vs Rafa Nadal* 2-2 (6-3 5-7 6-3 5-7)
How easy was that from Nadal? He holds superbly, with such great intensity. As you were.
18:33 | Crowd watch from Sportsmail‘s MIKE DICKSON:
F1 driver George Russell is among the crowd at Wimbledon today watching Rafael Nadal. Perhaps shades here of the Australian Open 2021 when Fritz had Novak Djokovic on the ropes when the Serb had an ab muscle problem. The American was unable to finish him off that day, it might yet be different here. Fritz’s Mum, Kathy May, reached the Wimbledon fourth round in 1977.
18:31 | Taylor Fritz* vs Rafa Nadal 2-1 (6-3 5-7 6-3 5-7)
Another strong hold from Fritz as this deciding set stays on serve. Who will blink first?
18:28 | Taylor Fritz vs Rafa Nadal* 1-1 (6-3 5-7 6-3 5-7)
Fritz goes 0-15 up in Nadal’s first service game of the final set, but the Spaniard fights back and ends up taking the game in comfortable style.
18:24 | Taylor Fritz* vs Rafa Nadal 1-0 (6-3 5-7 6-3 5-7)
This is Taylor Fritz’s first ever Grand Slam quarter-final and he’s facing the most successful man in the sport’s history. But he’s showing no nerves and starts the deciding set perfectly by holding serve without dropping a point.
18:19 | GAME AND FOURTH SET NADAL! Taylor Fritz* vs Rafa Nadal 5-7 (6-3 5-7 6-3)
He makes it look so easy. Nadal wraps up the fourth set by not dropping a point in the final game, finishing the job with an epic forehand.
We are going the distance – has the momentum switched in Nadal’s favour? You can’t take your eyes off this.
18:14 | NADAL BREAKS! Taylor Fritz* vs Rafa Nadal 5-6 (6-3 5-7 6-3)
Oh my word! This is an absolutely herculean effort from Nadal and he has broken Fritz. The American challenged the call, but his shot was beyond the baseline.
Nadal will now serve for the set to take this match to a decider.
18:09 | Taylor Fritz vs Rafa Nadal* 5-5 (6-3 5-7 6-3)
Nadal holds serve! When you’re a 22-time Grand Slam champion you don’t just give up.
We’re now into the fourth hour of this epic contest.
18:06 | Taylor Fritz* vs Rafa Nadal 5-4 (6-3 5-7 6-3)
Now Fritz is one game away. Nadal has a break point but he fails to convert it, allowing the American to fight back and hold serve.
If he breaks Nadal now, he’ll be in his first ever Grand Slam semi-final.
17:59 | FRITZ BREAKS! Taylor Fritz vs Rafa Nadal* 4-4 (6-3 5-7 6-3)
What a topsy-turvy set this is. Both players have now broken twice and we’re level at 4-4. Fritz stands two games away from victory.
17:55 | Taylor Fritz* vs Rafa Nadal 3-4 (6-3 5-7 6-3)
Fritz ensures that Nadal won’t serve for the set just yet as he holds.
17:52 | Taylor Fritz vs Rafa Nadal* 2-4 (6-3 5-7 6-3)
A strong hold of serve from Nadal to open up a two-game advantage again in this fourth set.