Rafael Nadal defeated Botic van de Zandschulp in straight sets on Monday to go to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the eighth time.
Nadal clinched 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (8/6), putting him halfway to the first calendar Grand Slam since 1969. Nadal had already won the Australian and French Opens.
The 36-year-old Spaniard will next square off against American Taylor Fritz, the 11th seed, who defeated him in the Indian Wells final earlier this year.
The 2008 and 2010 champion described his return to the quarterfinals as “wonderful” after a three-year absence.
Taylor won his first Masters championship this year against me in the final, so I anticipate a really challenging match against him.
“Slam quarterfinals are always quite challenging.”
Prior to a wobble in the third set on Monday, Nadal had already dispatched Van de Zandschulp in straight sets at the French Open.
In order to win the first set, he defeated the Dutchman, ranked 25th in the world, in the tenth game.
The 22-time major champion followed it up in the second set with a double break.
By regaining a break in the third to advance to a tiebreak, Van de Zandschulp was able to stop the bleeding.
Before his battle came to an abrupt end with a reckless smash, he saved three match points.