Wimbledon 2022 LIVE: Rafael Nadal defeats Botic van de Zandschulp after Nick Kyrgios and Simona Halep wins

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Rafael Nadal returns to action on Day 8 at Wimbledon with the Spaniard up against Dutch player and 21st seed Botic van de Zandschulp. Earlier, Nick Kyrgios put his fiery third-round match Stefanos Tsitsipas - and a $4,000 fine - firmly behind him with a hard-fought five-set win over USA’s Brandon Nakashima to reach the quarter-finals.

The last remaining Grand Slam winner in the women’s singles is Simona Halep and the Romanian, a champion here in 2019, needed just 60 minutes to thrash fourth seed Paula Badosa 6-1 6-2. Harmony Tan’s incredible run was put to an end by Amanda Anisimova in straight sets 6-2 6-3 and the American will play Halep in the quarter-finals.

There's plenty of doubles action today too, including Jamie Murray and Bruno Soarez, back in the third round of the men's doubles against John Peers and Filip Polasek in an intriguing battle, while Coco Gauff, beaten in the singles by Anisimova on Saturday, will hope her doubles journey continues in the mixed alongside Jack Sock when they face Alize Cornet and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the quarter-finals. Follow all the action from day seven, including live updates and results from the All England Club

Wimbledon 2022 - Day 8

Dominant Rafael Nadal produces Wimbledon masterclass to reach quarter-finals

21:09 , Michael Jones

In perhaps his most dominant display yet at Wimbledon this year, Rafael Nadal displayed more signs that he is peaking at the right time to further elevate what has been an astonishing 2022.

Novak Djokovic, who has already demoralised his opponents with consistently clean, ruthless tennis at these Championships, remains the man to beat. But the Spaniard continues to polish his game and close the gap, rediscovering an immaculate touch and judgement went bolting from the baseline in what is his first time back in SW19 for three years.

Naturally there was rust as Francisco Cerundolo and Ričardas Berankis each stole a set in the first two rounds, but if a more ruthless side to Nadal came out against Lorenzo Sonego, then Botic van de Zandschulp felt the full force on Centre Court over almost two and a half hours. Bludgeoned ground strokes, deadly-accurate passes and delicate volleys; it was all on display on Monday evening.

Dominant Rafael Nadal produces Wimbledon masterclass to reach quarter-finals

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 6-7 (6-8) Nadal

21:06 , Michael Jones

Rafael Nadal is through to the quarter-finals of Wimbledon after a tricky test against Botic van de Zandschulp. He won in straight sets but left a few match points out on the court before successfully coming through a tie break in the third set to claim the victory.

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Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 6-7 (6-8) Nadal

21:00 , Michael Jones

Van de Zandschulp is unable to return Nadal’s serve and once more the Spaniard has a match point. 7-6.

Nadal only just manages to flick Van de Zandschulp’s serve back and is forced onto the back foot. He attempts to lob the Dutchman who goes for the overhead smash and knocks it out of play!

Huge relief for Nadal who wins the tie break 8-6 and takes the set, and the match!

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 6-6 Nadal

20:56 , Michael Jones

No he can’t! He spanks a backhand wide and three match points have come and gone for the Spaniard.


Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 6-6 Nadal

20:55 , Michael Jones

Botic van de Zandschulp saves match point. Twice! 6-5.

Nadal has one more chance at match point with this one on his own serve.

Can he take it?

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 6-6 Nadal

20:54 , Michael Jones

Lose it he might. A return and volley is seemingly executed perfectly but he pushes up to the net and miscues the volley to give the point away.


Nadal then gets lucky as Van de Zandschulp goes long once more.

6-3. Match point coming up.

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 6-6 Nadal

20:52 , Michael Jones

3-2 Nadal from his next two serves. He’s up a break after five points. What a rally!

30 shots between both men forcing them all around the court. The control switches hands before Van de Zandschulp darts one into the net.

4-2 to Nadal.

The Dutchman goes long in the next rally and gifts another point to Nadal. It’s the Spaniard’s to win now. 5-2.

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 6-6 Nadal

20:48 , Michael Jones

Nadal takes the first point off his own serve then steps into court early and belts a backhand down the line to move 2-0 up.

Van de Zandschulp responds with a forehand winner and gets himself on the board. 2-1.

Van de Zandschulp* 4-6, 2-6, 6-6 Nadal

20:46 , Michael Jones

No nonsense stuff from Botic van Zandschulp. Tie break in the third set.

Rafa Nadal will really hope he can finish things off here.

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 5-6 Nadal*

20:43 , Michael Jones

Nadal knows the importance of this game. If he wins it, he’ll have another chance to break Van de Zandschulp before a tie break.

He does win it. Without conceding a point.

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Van de Zandschulp* 4-6, 2-6, 5-5 Nadal

20:40 , Michael Jones

What are we watching? Some incredible tennis that’s what. Van de Zandschulp’s confidence has returned and he’s belting the ball at Nadal but also mixing it with a couple of exceptional drop shots to get the 36-year-old moving around the court.

It may be a little too late but the Dutchman has come alive in these last two games. He’s back on parity in the third set.

Van de Zandschulp* 4-6, 2-6, 4-5 Nadal

20:35 , Michael Jones

Game Van de Zandschulp!

It’s not over yet at all. We’re back on serve in the third set as the Dutchman breaks Rafa Nadal in a crucial game to stay in the match.

Nadal is going to have to brush it off. It was a poor game from him.

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 3-5 Nadal*

20:34 , Michael Jones

Nadal has just lost it here. A double fault first up before spanking a return too long gives Botic van de Zandschulp a 0-30 lead against the serve.

Another first serve fails to land and Van de Zandschulp takes advantage, stepping into court and dictating the rally. He forces Nadal into another error and sets up three break points!

Van de Zandschulp* 4-6, 2-6, 3-5 Nadal

20:31 , Michael Jones

He does hold! It’s not over yet but Nadal is playing brilliantly.

Botic van de Zandschulp forces an error out of the Spaniard and takes the game from duece as the ball rattles into the net.

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 2-5 Nadal*

20:28 , Michael Jones

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Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 2-5 Nadal*

20:27 , Michael Jones

Rafa’s in a hurry. He fires down a service game to love and moves within one game of the victory. That’s a demolition from the 22x grand slam champion.

All Van de Zandschulp can do is hold his serve and take the match as deep as possible.

Van de Zandschulp* 4-6, 2-6, 2-4 Nadal

20:25 , Michael Jones

Can Van de Zandschulp hold serve? Nadal has him on the ropes at 15-40 but a beautiful forehand down the line rescues one of them for the Dutchman.

Nadal breaks!

He employs two or three slices and encourages Van de Zandschulp up to the net and the Dutchman knocks a volley back. Nadal is forced across court but whips his backhand over the ball and somehow picks the perfect angle to beat his opponent and keep it in play!

What a shot. Too good for Van de Zandschulp.

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 2-3 Nadal*

20:19 , Michael Jones

Obscene. Two aces sent out wide bring Nadal 40-0 up in the next game but he’s caught on the baseline and Van de Zandschulp chips a drop shot to the opposite side of court and picks up a point.

It’s a good shot but it counts for nothing as Nadal targets the backhand in the next rally and wins the game with a drop shot of his own.

Van de Zandschulp* 4-6, 2-6, 2-2 Nadal

20:16 , Michael Jones

That’s just the response that Van de Zandschulp needed. Another fast game comes and goes as he holds to love and draws level in the third.

He needs to keep doing that. Hold his own serve and attack Nadal’s. It’s a lot easier said than done obviously.

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 1-2 Nadal*

20:14 , Michael Jones

Nadal holds for the first time in the set. He goes back in front without too much trouble.

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Van de Zandschulp* 4-6, 2-6, 1-1 Nadal

20:11 , Michael Jones

Oh Rafa Nadal. Botic van de Zandschulp would have been buzzing after that break but a break is never complete until you can hold.

Nadal mixes things up with a couple of slices and defensive strokes to the corners before attacking with a backhand finish down the line to set up two break points.

He only needs one and smashes a winner from his return of serve to immediately break back.

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 1-0 Nadal*

20:07 , Michael Jones

‘Let’s go!’ yells Botic van de Zandschulp who breaks Nadal in the opening game for the third set! He was 40-0 down and somehow came through.

Brilliant fortitude from the Dutchman.

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 0-0 Nadal*

20:06 , Michael Jones

Fantastic comeback from Van de Zandschulp! He’s 40-0 down but plays some incredible cross court winners to work his way to deuce.

Nadal stops the rot with a serve to the forehand and Van de Zandschulp knocks it into the net.

Adv. Nadal.

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-6, 0-0 Nadal*

20:03 , Michael Jones

Nadal’s break of serve in the last game of the second set means he’s starting off the third. He takes the first point on his second serve and follows up by targeting Van de Zandschulp’s body with the Dutchman only able to pick out the net on his return.


Van de Zandschulp* 4-6, 2-6 Nadal

19:58 , Michael Jones

A break and the set!

Van de Zandschulp gifts the set to Nadal with a double fault when the Spaniard is sitting at advantage after deuce. It’s been a dominant performance from the Spaniard so far.

Van de Zandschulp* 4-6, 2-5 Nadal

19:56 , Michael Jones

Two break points for Rafa Nadal and both saved by Botic van de Zandschulp.

The first is with a 125mph serve down the middle that results in an ace, the second is a fine slice at the net that Nadal belts long with a backhanded effort down the line.

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 2-5 Nadal*

19:52 , Michael Jones

Nadal serves out the game to love and moves within one game of claiming the second set. Not many men have come back from two sets down against Rafael Nadal.

This is a huge uphill battle for the Dutchman now.

Van de Zandschulp* 4-6, 2-4 Nadal

19:50 , Michael Jones

Van de Zandschulp stays alive in the set with some fine work at the net. He force Nadal off balance with a beautifully accurate serve down the centre line then steps up for a volley return.

Nadal attempts to lob but the Dutchman has the reach and dinks it back over on the volley to take the game.

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 1-4 Nadal*

19:45 , Michael Jones

Nearly. Van de Zandschulp works his way to 30-30 against the serve but each time it seems as though he can take the attack to Nadal the Spaniard steps up his game.

Two rallies force two errors out of the Dutchman and Nadal holds serve.

Van de Zandschulp* 4-6, 1-3 Nadal

19:42 , Michael Jones

That’s a boost for Botic van de Zandschulp as he holds his service game to love to get onto the scoreboard in the second set. Can he put the pressure on Nadal?


Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 0-3 Nadal*

19:37 , Michael Jones

And here’s the hold of serve! Van de Zandschulp goes long from a return of serve and Nadal takes the game to complete the break. He’s dominating the second set so far, winning all three games.

Van de Zandschulp needs to stem the tide.

Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 0-2 Nadal*

19:33 , Michael Jones

It’s a break!

Not what Botic van de Zandschulp wanted. Rafa Nadal keeps the ball in play and works it back at the Dutchman with his forehand.

Van de Zandschulp can’t match the intensity and knocks the ball into the net to give the game away.

Van de Zandschulp* 4-6, 0-1 Nadal

19:31 , Michael Jones

What was I saying about Rafa’s forehand. He runs around the ball and unleashes a blinding hit to the back corner leaving Van de Zandschulp no chance to get to the return.


Van de Zandschulp* 4-6, 0-1 Nadal

19:29 , Michael Jones

If there’s an issue with Nadal’s game at the minute it’s his forehand’s to the baseline which are just heading too long. He’s sent a few out of play when he’s been controlling the rally and given Van de Zandschulp a way back into the game.


Van de Zandschulp 4-6, 0-1 Nadal*

19:26 , Michael Jones

Break point for Botic van de Zandschulp! 30-40.

It’s a good fight from the Dutchman after losing the last set but Nadal goes wide with his serve and Van de Zandschulp’s backhand can’t stay in play.

Nadal then swiftly moves to advantage and takes the game thanks to an error from Van de Zandschulp that lands in the net.

Van de Zandschulp* 4-6 Nadal

19:20 , Michael Jones

It’s a break!

Nadal set up two break points and needed both. It was a mini fightback from Van de Zandschulp but he gets a bit to excited and attempts to pass Nadal with a backhand down the line and hits it wide!

Nadal takes the first set.

Van de Zandschulp* 4-5 Nadal

19:19 , Michael Jones

15-30. Van de Zandschulp has lost a few points at the net now. Nadal drops one over on the left side of court and forces the Dutchman to come up. He then volleys the return over to the right and Van de Zandschulp’s attempted lob goes wide.


Van de Zandschulp 4-5 Nadal*

19:15 , Michael Jones

Nadal gets the job done behind his own serve and moves within one game of the set. What a time this would be for the Spaniard to break.

There’s a bit of pressure on Botic van de Zandschulp. Can he live up to it?

Van de Zandschulp 4-4 Nadal*

19:14 , Michael Jones

No quarter given from Botic van de Zandschulp who breezes back on serve with a hold.

The Dutchman then looks to attack Nadal by making his way to the net but can’t execute his drop shot volley and gives away the point.

30-0 on Nadal’s serve.

*Van de Zandschulp 4-4 Nadal

19:12 , Jack Rathborn

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Van de Zandschulp 3-4 Nadal*

19:10 , Michael Jones

Nadal wouldn’t have expected Van de Zandschulp to return his previous volley and doesn’t give the Dutchman another chance to maybe get into the game.

Two quick points come to the Spaniard and he holds serve.

Van de Zandschulp 3-3 Nadal*

19:08 , Michael Jones

Incredible! Nadal belts a serve wide of Van de Zandschulp’s left and the Dutchman squeezes it back. Nadal meets the return who a powerful volley and thinks he’s sown up the point.

Van de Zandschulp sprints across the baseline and wildly swipes at the ball, connects and smokes it down the line for a winner!

30-30. What a shot.

Van de Zandschulp* 3-3 Nadal

19:05 , Michael Jones

Deuce. Nadal continues to target the early break but Botic Van de Zandschulp has other ideas. He forces Nadal to go long off the serve before fizzing down an ace to tidy up the game.

That’s how you hold serve.

Van de Zandschulp* 2-3 Nadal

19:01 , Michael Jones

Oh that’s aggressive.

Nadal holds his serve then steps up to Van de Zandschulp in the next game and whacks three forehands over the net. Two target the Dutchman’s forehand before Nadal switches sides and forces Van de Zandschulp into an error.


Van de Zandschulp* 2-2 Nadal

18:57 , Michael Jones

Very good. Van de Zandschulp eases through his next service game and finishes it off with an ace down the T-line.

Nadal is trying to keep the ball low, just skimming over the net in an effort to get the tall Dutchman moving low and side-to-side. It didn’t quite work in that game though as he only picked up the one point.

Van de Zandschulp 1-2 Nadal*

18:53 , Michael Jones

Hold for Nadal but another intriguing game.

Botic Van de Zandschulp isn’t going anywhere and will feel confident about his chances. He’s giving a good showing of himself in these early stages.

Van de Zandschulp 1-1 Nadal*

18:51 , Michael Jones

Nadal has had so much success using his serve to set up the forehand follow up which is absolutely rapid. In a tricky position at 30-30 on his serve he does just this.

A serve to the backhand before meeting the return with a cross court forehand. Van de Zandschulp gets to it but smokes one into the net.

Van de Zandschulp* 1-1 Nadal

18:47 , Michael Jones

Great serve from Van de Zandschulp who fizzes down a serve to Nadal’s backhand that the Spaniard can only turn into the net.

Good hold under pressure.

Van de Zandschulp* 0-1 Nadal

18:45 , Michael Jones

What a point! Van de Zandschulp moves 30-15 in front and dinks a drop shot over the net forcing Nadal to sprint up the court and flick it back.

The Dutchman volleys back his return but Nadal reaches it with a backhand. Van de Zandschulp attempts to lob Nadal who spins and sprints to the back of court before forcing it back to stay in the rally.

Van de Zandschulp does the right thing in dropping the ball short but Nadal is too sharp, and too quick. He gets there on the half-volley and lobs it over the Dutchman who turns, chases it down then whacks it out of play!


Van de Zandschulp 0-1 Nadal*

18:39 , Michael Jones

Rafael Nadal won the toss and elected to take the first serve. He gives away the opneing point to the Dutchman but responds with four in a row, signing off with an unreturnable serve that Van de Zandschulp punts too long.

Nadal claims the first game.

Van de Zandschulp vs Nadal

18:37 , Michael Jones

As the players warm-up here’s a little background on Botic van de Zandschulp.

He is playing in his second Wimbledon tournament after losing in the second round last year. It’s his first time on Centre Court but he’s has been in top form on grass this year having reached the semi-finals at Queens in June.

He lost that match to eventual winner Matteo Berrettini who had to withdraw from Wimbledon after testing positive for Covid-19.

Van de Zandschulp vs Nadal

18:30 , Michael Jones

Rafael Nadal vs Botic Van de Zandschulp is the final match on Centre Court today. It’s the headline game with the 22x grand slam champion looking to book a spot in the quarter-finals.

Post-match reaction from Halep

18:27 , Michael Jones

“Definitely it was a place I wanted to be today. I think I played a great match. Always difficult to play her but it was a pleasure to be back on Centre Court with this great crowd supporting me

“I didn’t think about (not dropping a set so far) until now but day by day it’s better and better and I’m just looking forward to playing the next one and give my best.

“I missed it a lot - three years was a lot. Yesterday I was on the court with all the champions and it was amazing. I was more nervous than I was today.”


Badosa 1-6, 2-6 Halep

18:21 , Michael Jones

Simona Halep takes a step closer to the Wimbledon title with a dominant straight set victory over Paula Badosa on Centre Court.

The 2019 champion looked to be close to her best as she took exactly an hour to sweep Badosa aside and confirm her spot in the next round.

Is a second Wimbledon title in her near future?

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Badosa* 1-6, 2-6 Halep

18:17 , Michael Jones

Game, set and match Simona Halep!

A focused, dominant and clinical display from the 2019 champion sees her breeze through the match in exactly an hour. An exceptional performance from Halep who must be one of the favourites to win the whole tournament now.

Badosa 1-6, 2-5 Halep*

18:13 , Michael Jones

Simona Halep is on the brink! She’s been exceptional so far today and is within one game of taking the match. There are no answers coming from Paula Badosa.

The Spaniard is trying to outpower Halep but she can’t. The Romanian is just too strong.

Badosa* 1-6, 2-4 Halep

18:11 , Michael Jones

Dominant from Halep. She holds her ground in the centre of the court and works Badosa from side-to-side. Badosa attempts to whip one back across court but to no avail and Halep breaks for the first time in the second set.

Badosa* 1-6, 2-3 Halep

18:08 , Michael Jones

That’s unlucky! Badosa sets up the rally with a lovely backhand across court that Halep has to move out of position to return. It sets up a forehand for Badosa but she goes down the line and hits it long!


Badosa 1-6, 2-3 Halep*

18:07 , Michael Jones

Paula Badosa still has a mountain to climb and Simona Halep is giving her a sniff when it’s her turn to serve. Another comfortable hold for Halep puts her back in front.

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Badosa* 1-6, 2-2 Halep

18:02 , Michael Jones

It’s a hold! After five goes at deuce finally Paula Bedosa takes the game and holds her serve!

That’s a massive momentum booster for the Spaniard who couldn’t afford to go behind in the set.

Badosa* 1-6, 1-2 Halep

18:01 , Michael Jones

Close! Brilliant defence from Badosa keeps Halep’s forehands at bay before the ball hits the net cord and allows Badosa to step into court. She then tries to win the rally with an inside out forehand but overhits it and drops back to deuce.

Badosa* 1-6, 1-2 Halep

17:58 , Michael Jones

There’s a bit of frustration from Halep as she overhits a forehand on break point and gives Badosa a rout e back into the game.

The Spaniard takes it and quickly steps up to advantage.

Oh great shot! Another fine rally develops with Halep working Badosa over to the right. Badosa scoops a forehand back but Halep fizzes one down the line and brings the match back to deuce.

This is a big game. If Halep wins it could be game over for Badosa.

Badosa 1-6, 1-2 Halep*

17:52 , Michael Jones

Break point saved! Another good rally sees Badosa go long and give the point back to Halep. The Romanian then works her from left-to-right and moves to advantage before holding serve!

Brilliant fortitude from the Romanian.

Badosa 1-6, 1-1 Halep*

17:50 , Michael Jones

Simona Halep is just starting to make the odd mistake. She goes long and brings the game level at deuce. Badosa is fighting hard.

Badosa is planting herself just behind the baseline and adding a bit more top spin on the ball, forcing Halep to generate her own pace. Halep attempts an ambitious cross court forehand but it lands on the wrong side of the line and Badosa has a break point!

Badosa 1-6, 1-1 Halep*

17:48 , Michael Jones

Paula Badosa takes her the game! It’s her first one since the opening game of the match and is a much needed halt to Halep’s momentum.

The crowd on Centre Court is backing her. They want to see a match develop here.

Badosa 1-6, 0-1 Halep*

17:43 , Michael Jones

Game. Halep takes the first game of the second set with the first ace of the match and completes her hold to love.

Paula Badosa is under pressure here. She needs to hold serve and start to gather some momentum.

Badosa 1-6, 0-0 Halep*

17:42 , Michael Jones

Oh my. What hitting from Simona Halep. Paula Badosa is forced into defensive play, looping and lobbing balls back across to Halep who sets herself each time and smashes her forehand back at the Spaniard.

It’s too much for Badosa who’s resilience comes to an end with a forehand into the net.

15-0 to Halep.

Badosa* 1-6 Halep

17:40 , Michael Jones

No she cant! A double fault brings Halep up to deuce and the pressure seems to land firmly on Paula Badosa.

Halep skillfully takes the next point before keeping the ball in play and forcing another error from Badosa who fires one into the net and loses the set.

Less than half and hour on court and Halep is one set up.

Badosa* 1-5 Halep

17:38 , Michael Jones

Better from Badosa!

She’s more accurate from the serve and has forced a couple of wayward strokes out of Simona Halep on her way to 40-15. Halep then latches onto a second serve and forces Badosa into stretching to make the return which ends up in the net.

Can the Spaniard hold serve?

Badosa 1-5 Halep*

17:36 , Michael Jones

Five in a row for Simona Halep. Paula Badosa has made 10 errors already in this match after only making 11 in her victory against Petra Kvitova.

Halep holds serve to love and is one game away from taking the first set.

They’ve been playing for 20 minutes.

Badosa* 1-4 Halep

17:34 , Michael Jones

Utterly dominant from Simona Halep who breaks to love!

Paula Badosa is really struggling with errors and Halep’s calm demeanour is allowing her to capitalise. Two breaks in the set for the former champion.

Badosa 1-3 Halep*

17:30 , Michael Jones

Halep gifts a couple of points to Badosa but fights back well. She’s helped by Badosa’s wayward accuracy and the Spaniard goes long twice from 30-30 to give the game to the Romanian.

Three in a row for Halep now.

Badosa 1-2 Halep*

17:26 , Michael Jones

Break for Halep! Incredible tennis from the 2019 champion who wins the next two points from behind the baseline. The game-winning point is wonderful back hand that she whips across court.

Badosa has come up to the net and can only watch as the ball passes her and bounces in play.

Badosa* 1-1 Halep

17:24 , Michael Jones

Break point saved! Simona Halep has the chance to break early but Paula Badosa steps onto the front foot and works Halep side-to-side.

It’s decent defensive play from Halep but she errs with a cross court forehand that finds the net.


Badosa* 1-1 Halep

17:23 , Michael Jones

These two met at the Madrid Open back a couple of months ago and Halep came through as the victor. That match was played on clay though and grass provides a different challenge.

Paula Badosa rolls her shoulder through a powerful backhand that she whips across court and draws level in the game.


Badosa 1-1 Halep*

17:20 , Michael Jones

Nicely done from Halep. A decent serve puts her on the front foot in the rally and she pushes up to the net before blowing a backhand down the line to claim the point.

Badosa fails to return the next serve and Halep takes the game.

Badosa* 1-0 Halep

17:17 , Michael Jones

Two gentle opening rallies end with Paula Badosa taking the points. The Spaniard serves down the T-line and latches onto Halep’s return to work the ball to the back corner. Halep stretches to reach it but fires on into the net.

Badosa then serves out the game and moves into the lead.

Paula Badosa vs Simona Halep

17:15 , Michael Jones

The players are welcomed onto court and start going through their warm-ups. Halep has won 10 successive matches at SW19 since losing to Hsieh Su-wei in the third round in 2018.

She lifted the trophy in 2019 before the competition was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19. Halep then missed the 2021 version due to injury but she’s back and facing the opening serve.

Paula Badosa vs Simona Halep

17:09 , Michael Jones

There’s another cracking match coming up - at least on paper.

2019 Wimbledon ladies champion Simona Halep is back on Centre Court and she’s taking on fourth seed Paula Badosa who’s flown up the rankings in the last couple of years.

Both are big hitters and it’ll be a battle to see which woman manages to come out on top.

Reaction from Nick Kyrgios

17:06 , Michael Jones

“First I want to say hell of an effort from Brandon, he’s 20 years old and he’s going to do some special things that’s for sure.

“[It was] nowhere near my best performance, but I fought through, the crowd were amazing.

“I have played a lot of tennis in the last month and a half. His level didn’t drop. My five-set level is pretty good and I’ve been here before, done it before and that is what I was thinking about.

“I was really excited to play De Minaur to be honest, he’s been flying the Aussie flag for so long and he was two sets up when I came on court. I need a large glass of wine tonight for sure.

“I stepped out here amongst the greatest of all time and I beat Nadal [in 2014]. All these experiences that I’ve had got me over the line today.”


Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios through to quarter-finals afetr five-set victory over Brandon Nakashima

16:59 , Michael Jones

Kyrgios will now face Cristian Garin in the quarter-final. Garin spent a ridiculous four hours and 38 minutes on court in his match against Alex De Minaur.

He was down two sets and had to rescue two match points but he came back and received a standing ovation from an asorbed crowd on Court Two after his 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 7-6 (10-6) victory.

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios through to quarter-finals afetr five-set victory over Brandon Nakashima

16:54 , Michael Jones

Nick Kyrgios defeated a resolute Brandon Nakashima 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-2 on the Centre Court at Wimbledon to reach the quarter-finals for the second time in his career.

‘I need a glass of win for sure tonight after that.’ he says in the post-match interview.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios* 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-2 Brandon Nakashima

16:50 , Michael Jones

Game, set and match to Nick Kyrgios!

An exceptional fightback from 0-30 down from the Australian who started to land his first serve again. Brandon Nakashima couldn’t find an answer and Kyrgios goes through to his second Wimbledon quarter-final.

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 5-2 Brandon Nakashima*

16:45 , Michael Jones

Brandon Nakashima does what he can by holding serve and forcing Kyrgios to serve out the match. Can the Australian see it through?

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios* 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 5-1 Brandon Nakashima

16:42 , Michael Jones

Mightily impressive from Nick Kyrgios who’s blown Brandon Nakashima away in this set. He completes his second break with another beautifully worked service game.

He’s just one game away from a spot in the next round.

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 4-1 Brandon Nakashima*

16:39 , Michael Jones

Another break! Nick Kyrgios gives it the old fist pump after opening the court with a forehand cross before sweeping a glorious backhand finisher past Nakashima.


Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 3-1 Brandon Nakashima*

16:36 , Michael Jones

The pressure may just be too much for the young American. He’s starting to produce some unforced errors and has given Kyrgios two chances to break.

The Australian fails to utilise a second serve and knocks a backhand into the net.

Nakashima then hits him with an ace. 40-40. Deuce.

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios* 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 3-1 Brandon Nakashima

16:32 , Michael Jones

Hold from Kyrgios! Amazing work from the Australian who moves two games ahead in the final set. He ends it with another ace and completes his break and hold.

All the pressure is on Nakashima now. He has to chase the match.

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 2-1 Brandon Nakashima*

16:29 , Michael Jones

Nick Kyrgios wastes a challenge after an ace from Brandon Nakashima resuces a break point. Kyrgios gives the umpire a bunch of verbals for not calling the point correctly and winds himself up.

There’s the break!

That little fight when the official seems to fire up Kyrgios whos belts a forehand winner across court before Nakashima fails to work a slice over the net.

Advantage to Kyrgios in this set.

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 1-1 Brandon Nakashima*

16:26 , Michael Jones

Lovely! Nakashima attempts to win the game with a solid forehand and volley. Kyrgios gets across the court and stretches to flick the ball back over the net.


There’s not many service games to love now as the pressure continues to build.

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 1-1 Brandon Nakashima*

16:21 , Michael Jones

Hold! Another two rapid and accurate serves from Kyrgios and he holds his serve. Over to you Brandon.

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios* 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 0-1 Brandon Nakashima

16:20 , Michael Jones

There’s pressure on Nick Kyrgios who goes 0-30 down on his own serve. Right on cue though he fizzes down consecutive aces (his 32nd and 33rd of the match) to move level.

Kyrgios wins the next point with a lovely slice before Nakashima delivers a backhand down the line to make it deuce.

There meeting each other blow for blow here. Engaging stuff.

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 0-1 Brandon Nakashima*

16:18 , Michael Jones

An almost perfect start from Brandon Nakashima. Just one point conceded and that off a second serve. The American has kept his head well in this match.

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios* 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6 Brandon Nakashima

16:14 , Michael Jones

Game and set to Nakashima!

Nick Kyrgios loses his head and tries to win every point in of every shot. More often than not he belts the ball out of play and quickly gifts the game and set to Nakashima.

The match is going to a fifth set and Nakashima has the first serve.

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-5 Brandon Nakashima*

16:12 , Michael Jones

Hold of serve! A failed return from Kyrgios puts Nakashima within one point of winning and the Australian goes long in the next rally to put Nakashima up in the set.

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-4 Brandon Nakashima*

16:10 , Michael Jones

Nick Kyrgios searches for the immediate break back but Brandon Nakashima keeps him in line with a cross court backhand smash to draw the game level at 30-30.

The takes the next point too before getting a bit greedy and whipping a forehand into the net.


Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios* 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-4 Brandon Nakashima

16:06 , Michael Jones

Huge! A break of serve from Brandon Nakashima as Kyrgios goes wide with an attempted backhand down the line. All he has to do is hold serve twice and this match is going to five sets.

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(Getty Images)

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-3 Brandon Nakashima*

16:03 , Michael Jones

Nick Nyrgios fails to return a backhand from a wide Nakashima serve and the Amercian takes the game to keep the set on serve.

Kyrgios seems to be causing more problems though. He won a couple of points in that game and put a bit of pressure on Nakashima.

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios* 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 3-2 Brandon Nakashima

15:58 , Michael Jones

Nakashima’s calm demeanour slips just a little as he goes wide when 30-0 up but he composes himself to meet and Kyrgios return with a chip over the net before closing out the game with a winning volley.

Nick Kyrgios then rattles through the next game and moves back in front in the fourth set which is still on serve.

Wimbledon 2022: Nick Kyrgios* 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 2-1 Brandon Nakashima

15:51 , Michael Jones

Kyrgios makes sure the fourth set remains on serve with an incredibly accurate serve down the T-line, seeing out the game with an ace from 40-30 up.

He’s starting the grumble to himself which suggests he’s becoming more at home on Centre Court and that his shoulder isn’t bothering him as much.

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