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‘I’m tired of talking about my body’: Nadal shrugs off fitness questions as he advances to last eight of Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal won against Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (6) on Monday evening. He’ll play American Taylor Fritz, the No 11 seed, in the next round

Rafael Nadal Spain’s Rafael Nadal ahead of his fourth round match against Netherlands’ Botic van de Zandschulp (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

Rafael Nadal’s physical fitness has been under constant scrutiny in recent months – particularly since his victory at Roland-Garros and the subsequent laser therapy on his chronic foot condition.

And after the second seed won against Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp, 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (6) to advance to the last eight of Wimbledon, some more questions followed on “some kind of strapping or tape on your abdomen or belly” (reporter’s words) – but ever so politely he made it clear he was not in the mood to answer them.

“Thanks for the question, but I [said] the other day – in the other hand I am a little bit tired to talk about my body,” he said in his post-match press conference. “It’s not about that I don’t want to answer your question, but in the same time sometimes, I am tired about myself, all the issues that I am having. I prefer to not talk about that now. Sorry for that.

“But I am in the middle of the tournament and I have to keep going, no? All respect for the rest of the opponents. I am just trying my best every single day. For the moment I am healthy enough to keep going and fight for the things that I want.”

Rafael Nadal
Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his fourth round match against Netherlands’ Botic van de Zandschulp (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

Nadal, ranked No 4, will face American Taylor Fritz, the No 11 seed, next.

Earlier in the tournament, the 36-year-old Spaniard defeated Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo (6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4), Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis (6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3) and Italian Lorenzo Sonego, the No 27 seed (6-1, 6-2, 6-4).

Van De Zandschulp, ranked No 25, beat Spaniard Feliciano López (6-2, 6-3, 6-3), Finn Emil Ruusuvuori (3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4) and Frenchman Richard Gasquet (7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-1) in the previous rounds.

London (Grand Slam), other last 16 results (All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, grass, GBP 40.350.000, most recent results first):

  • Taylor Fritz beat Jason Murray Kubler (Q): 6-3, 6-1, 6-4
  • Nick Kyrgios beat Brandon Nakashima: 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-2
  • Cristian Garin beat Alex De Minaur (19): 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (6)
  • Novak Djokovic (1) beat Tim van Rijthoven (WC): 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
  • Jannik Sinner (10) beat Carlos Alcaraz (5): 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-3
  • Cameron Norrie (9) beat Tommy Paul (30): 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
  • David Goffin beat Frances Tiafoe (23): 7-6 (3), 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5
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