Sachin Tendulkar hails Rafael Nadal on reaching Wimbledon semis

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], July 7 (ANI): Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar lavished praise on Rafael Nadal after the 22-time Grand-Slam champion stormed into the semi-finals of the ongoing Wimbledon championships.

Nadal produced another dramatic show on Wednesday at Wimbledon, where the Spaniard held off a high-powered performance from Taylor Fritz to reach the semi-finals in London. "A super competitor who never ever gives up despite all adversities. Amazing game of tennis last evening @RafaelNadal. The way you compete each time you're on the court is just brilliant to watch," tweeted Sachin.

The second seed showcased trademark strength, increasing his aggression to keep points short and delivering a high-class deciding-set tie-break to seal a 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(10-4) victory.

The 22-time major champion Nadal left the court for a medical timeout in the second set and seemed to be struggling with an abdominal problem midway through the pair's four-hour, 20-minute quarter-final clash. With the hard-fought victory over American Fritz, Nadal set up a semi-final showdown against Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios.