To catch up on all the action from the 9th, click here.
You can find all the results for day 10 below.
Rafael Nadal survives Taylor Fritz’s five-set challenge
Rafael Nadal had to dig deep, but that’s where he found his best moments at Wimbledon.
The Spaniard reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final with a 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 thriller over American upstart Taylor Fritz, who was apparently in control of the match before Nadal find your next gear. Nadal will face Nick Kyrgios (more on him below) in the semi-final on Friday.
Nadal started strong. He went up 3-1 in the first set, then lost the next five games to let Fritz take the set. Nadal then did much the same thing in the second set: he jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but let Fritz catch up. It seemed that Nadal was struggling with an injury (the commentators identified it as an abdominal injury), and when he went up 4-3 he finally called the coach and disappeared into the locker room to receive treatment for a few minutes.
When he came back, he let Fritz tie the set at 5-5, but then Nadal got a much-needed hold. He seemed to move better and quickly won his seventh game to tie the match 1-1. Fritz seemingly regained command in the third set, but withered late in the fourth to let Nadal back in.
Once the match reached a fifth set, the players traded breaks and reached the tie break, where Nadal won the first five points and marched to victory from there. Fritz had a lot to regret after five sets, but he is not the first to feel that way after playing against Nadal.
Nick Kyrgios reaches his first Grand Slam semi-final
No player has grabbed more headlines at Wimbledon this year than Nick Kyrgios, and that will continue until the semi-finals.
The Australian defeated unseeded Cristian Garin 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 to advance to the first Grand Slam semi-final of his career. He had previously reached the Grand Slam quarterfinals just twice, most recently at the 2015 Australian Open.
The match began with nine straight points earned by Garin, echoing a slow start from Kyrgios in his last match against Brandon Nakashima. Just like that match, Kyrgios pulled himself together, and much quicker this time. He dominated on his serve again, hitting 17 aces and winning 73% of first serve points.
It also wouldn’t be a Nick Kyrgios match without some sort of outburst or argument. That came at what could have been the final point of the match, when a linesman made an unusual call during a third-set tiebreak in which Kyrgios was leading 6-5. Kyrgios got into a loud argument with the chair umpire and then won the ensuing point replay to take the match.
Kyrgios will now enter the semi-final against Nadal, but he is still playing under a cloud as of Tuesday, when it emerged that he had been accused of assaulting his girlfriend in Australia last year and is due in court next month.
Halep beats Anisimova
Simona Halep survived a late scare to defeat Amanda Anisimova, defeating her 6-2, 6-4 in just 63 minutes. Anisimova, the No. 20 seed and the last American woman standing, was not a threat to Halep in the first set, but she managed to compete in the second set. After falling 5-1, she won three games in a row when Halep struggled with her first serve. But Anisimova’s comeback fell short as Halep, the No.16 seed and 2019 Wimbledon champion, rallied to win the match in straight sets.
Halep, who was emotional during her post-match interview, looks better on the pitch than she has in years. This is the first time she has been to a Grand Slam semi-final since 2020, when the COVID-19 lockdown and then injury delayed her for most of the year. The key to Halep’s success may be her new trainer, Patrick Mouratoglou, who spent years guiding Serena Williams to her success. Mouratoglou parted ways with Williams last year and Halep caught him. On Wednesday, she made just six unforced errors and won 77% of her second serve points.
At Wimbledon, Halep was confident and decisive, as well as calm and collected. She has stayed positive on the court and hasn’t punished herself for her mistakes. Her state of mind is very important to tennis players, and if Halep has silenced those demons, it’s hard to see anyone stopping her from winning her second Wimbledon crown.
Rybakina makes history with Tomljanovic defeat
Elena Rybakina became the first player from Kazakhstan to reach a Grand Slam semifinal with her 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Ajla Tomljanovic on Wednesday. The 17th-seeded Rybakina ran into trouble early on and struggled to match an aggressive Tomljanovic. The third game of the match, an extended duel with five deuces, ended up being the hinge of the set, with Tomljanovic breaking Rybakina and advancing in the following games to take a 1-0 lead.
With a fresh start in the second set, Rybakina came alive. After drawing at two games apiece, she began to dismantle Tomljanovic. Rybakina won nine of the next 10 games to win the second set and come within a game of winning the third set and the match. Tomljanovic eventually responded, winning back-to-back games to avoid elimination, but was unable to complete the comeback. Rybakina booked her ticket to her first Grand Slam semifinal, hitting 15 aces during the match.
Rybakina has been playing for Kazakhstan since 2019, but she was born in Russia and still lives in Moscow. Despite Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players only because of his nationality and nothing else, it is still possible for a Russian-born player to win the trophy that his fellow Russians and Belarusians are prohibited from seeking.