Wimbledon 2022: U.S. out of singles following dramatic Fritz quarterfinal, Krawczyk could win two doubles titles
The last Americans standing in singles at Wimbledon were beaten in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, but there are still three chances for a U.S. player to leave the All-England Club with a trophy thanks to deep runs in the doubles.
Americans out of singles after Fritz falls to Rafa in epic five-setter
The last American standing in the singles draw, No. 11 seed Taylor Fritz took No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal to five sets in a tense, tactical, classic quarterfinal that signaled—among other things—a bright future for the 24-year-old California native.
Halfway through the first set, it seemed the American might be in trouble: Fritz initially trailed 3-1. He then blazed through five games to take the opener in just 37 minutes, as a seemingly injured Nadal simply couldn’t keep up with his opponent’s aggressive shots.
After calling for a medical timeout in the second to address abdominal issues, the Spaniard belted a flurry of his signature forehands to tie the match at one set apiece.
Fritz then ran away with the third set after breaking Nadal’s second service game. Though Nadal immediately broke his opponent in the fourth and quickly established a 3-1 lead, the American fought back to 5-5. Once again, Nadal willed his way to a 7-5 win—and a fifth set. With a coveted semifinal spot on the line—not to mention, the possibility of a calendar Grand Slam for the world No. 4—Nadal and Fritz traded break points at 3-3, then 4-4. They both held serve, allowing for a conclusive, well-deserved tiebreak.
Fritz put a few points on the scoreboard following a 5-0 deficit, but ultimately couldn’t return enough drop shots and slices as Nadal repeatedly brought the world No. 14 to the net. Final score: 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(4), in four hours and 21 minutes.
“I honestly enjoy a lot playing these kinds of matches in front of all of you,” Nadal said in a post-match, on-court interview. “A tough afternoon against a great player … [Fritz has] been playing great all season.”
Though he admitted he battled abdominal pain throughout—even wondering whether to retire from the match—Nadal said “the court, the energy, something else” lifted him to victory. The packed crowd appropriately roared.
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Nadal is now 19-0 at Grand Slam tournaments this year. He will face the unseeded, 27-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios in Friday’s semifinal. During his first Wimbledon singles quarterfinal since 2014, world No. 45 Kyrgios swept Chile’s Cristian Garin 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(5).
Prior to the Fritz-Nadal epic, the last American woman competing in singles lost her quarterfinal. The 20-year-old, 20th-seeded Amanda Anisimova fell to Romania’s 16th-seeded Simona Halep, 6-2, 6-4. In 2019, Halep won her second—and most recent—singles Slam at Wimbledon.
Though she lost, Anisimova has not delved this deep into a Grand Slam bracket since she reached the Roland Garros semifinals in 2019.
Doubles: Desirae Krawczyk could win mixed and women’s
This year's Wimbledon has enjoyed some exciting mixed doubles pairings, including Venus Williams teaming with Great Britain’s Jamie Murray. (They lost in the second round.)
Headed into the quarterfinals, three Americans remained in play: Duo Jack Sock and Coco Gauff – the latter, this year’s 18-year-old Roland Garros singles and doubles finalist – and California’s Desirae Krawczyk, who re-teamed with Great Britain’s Neal Skupski in hopes of repeating last year’s Wimbledon win.
Sock and Gauff fell in three sets to Australia’s Matthew Ebden and Samantha Stosur, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5. But Skupski and Krawczyk won their three-setter, from 6-4, 4-2 down, against Croatia’s Mate Pavic and India’s Sania Mirza, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
They were also a break down early in the final set.
The Skupski/Krawczyk and Ebden/Stosur mixed final is the last match scheduled for Centre Court tomorrow. Regardless of the outcome, Krawczyk will play again in the women’s doubles semifinals, likely on Friday.
Paired with Florida’s Danielle Collins – currently the highest-ranked American in women’s singles at world No. 8 – Krawczyk will face top seeds Elise Mertens of Belgium and Zhang Shuai of China.
Krawczyk is currently ranked world No. 12 in women’s doubles, and reached a career-high of world No. 11 earlier this spring.
In men’s doubles: No. 1 seeds Rajeev Ram of Colorado and partner Joe Salisbury of Great Britain – the 2020 Australian Open and 2021 US Open mixed winners – survived a five-setter to reach the semifinals. The duo defeated France’s Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger Vasselin, 6-3, 6-7(1), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
Adding to his two men’s doubles major titles, Ram has also won mixed at the Australian Open in 2019 and 2021 with the Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova. He and compatriot Venus Williams earned mixed silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Ram reached his career-high doubles ranking, world No. 2, earlier this year.
Meanwhile, the all-American pairing of Denis Kudla and Jack Sock retired from their quarterfinal due to an injury to Kudla. They trailed No. 6 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah by two sets to one.
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