February 28, 2021

Sam Querrey, the master of the service that will be Nadal's rival in Wimbledon quarterfinals

Rafa Nadal is showing his best level at Wimbledon. At the beginning of the tournament a very complicated picture was coming that little by little has been "cleaned" of seeds, while the Spanish improved day by day in the grass of the All England Club.

The forecasts said that Thiem, victim of the Spaniard in the last two Roland Garros finals would have to be by ranking Nadal's rival in the quarterfinals. But the ranking is just a number and the games are played on the track.

In the first round, Thiem fell in four sets (6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-0) against Sam Querrey, and since then the American has made his way on aces. He has lost only once in his service, and in addition to the set in his initial game, he has left only another, in his last match against Sandgren.

Nadal has faced the American five times, and has beaten him in four of them. His only defeat took place in the Acapulco final in 2017.

Querrey, who holds the absolute record of more consecutive aces, 10, arrives at Wimbledon after reaching the final in Eastbourne.

Nadal will need to show his best version before a fast track specialist. The level shown today against Sousa has almost touched perfection and if he is able to show it again he will make things very difficult for Querrey.

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