Seeded third at Wimbledon despite being ranked No. 2 in the world, Rafael Nadal has seemingly put any disappointment about that behind as he’s steamrolled his way into the quarterfinals.
And with this run, the Spaniard has notched another milestone in his career at the Grand Slam level: For the first time, Nadal has advanced to the last eight at Wimbledon after reaching the finals of the Australian and French Opens in the same year.
Four times this decade, Nadal has started his Grand Slam campaign with a 13-1 record, following up a championship appearance in Melbourne with yet another title in Paris. In the three instances prior to this year, though, he’s suffered through some rather unexpected losses: In 2012, Lukas Rosol stopped him in five sets in the second round, and in 2014, he fell to unseeded teenager Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16.
Two years ago, the veteran Gilles Muller—in the midst of his best season—knocked Nadal out of Wimbledon in the fourth round in five sets.