Rafael Nadal in first Wimbledon quarter
World number one Rafael Nadal reached his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011 with a straight-sets win over unseeded Czech Jiri Vesely.
The second seed, 32, converted his third match point to win 6-3 6-3 6-4. The Spaniard is still on track to meet top seed Roger Federer – on the 10th anniversary of their epic 2008 final – in Sunday’s men’s singles showpiece.
Nadal will play either Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro or France’s Gilles Simon in the last eight. The 17-time Grand Slam champion is playing his first tournament since winning an 11th French Open title last month after pulling out of Queen’s – a move that appears to be paying dividends.
Nadal looks refreshed and in peak condition both mentally and physically having not dropped a set on his way to the quarter-finals. “It is an important moment for me. I’m happy to be where I am and playing well,” he told .
“They have been four positive matches, I haven’t played on grass for a year and I’m hoping to keep enjoying it.”