Rafael Nadal defies pain and his father’s pleas to quit in epic win over Taylor Fritz

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  • Spaniard faces Kyrgios in semi after 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) win
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Taylor Fritz, 6ft 5in of towering American self-belief, did his best to bury a wounded legend here on Wednesday, but the 36-year-old Rafael Nadal would not stay down – against the advice of his worried father – and prevailed over five fluctuating sets to reach his eighth Wimbledon semi-final. He is a win against Nick Kyrgios away from the final – possibly for a 60th time against Novak Djokovic – and the chance to win his third grand slam title on the spin. What a year he’s had.

Fritz almost had him in the fourth set but could not finish it and Nadal made him pay, winning 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) in 4hr 20min, the fourth-longest match of the championships.

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Written by Kevin Mitchell at Wimbledon
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