Sunday, October 2, 2022

Wimbledon: Nadal breaks 7mm in abdominal muscle, still wants to play semi-finals

Rafael Nadal struggled with Taylor Fritz on Wednesday when the Spaniard played through an abdominal injury to reach the semi-finals.

Battling a physical illness, Nadal appeared close to retiring mid-match on center court, but he found the will to beat Fritz in four hours and 20 minutes.

According to Marka, Nadal has suffered a seven-millimeter injury to one of his abdominal muscles and wants to try to play in the semi-finals. According to the report, he has undergone relevant medical examination on Thursday morning.

However, last night Nadal was not sure whether he would be able to reach the semi-finals.

Asked about the possibility of playing against the 27-year-old Kyrgios, Nadal said: “I don’t know.”

“Honestly, I can’t give you a clear answer because if I gave you a clear answer and something else happens tomorrow, I’ll be a liar.”

Nadal took a medical timeout against 11th seed Fritz in the quarter-finals to seek treatment and said he would have to adjust his game to continue playing.

However, the Spaniard considered retiring several times during the competition.

“I just wanted to give myself a chance. It’s not easy to leave the tournament, not easy to leave Wimbledon, even if the pain is hard,” said the 22-time Grand Slam winner.

“I don’t know. I wanted to finish. I fought. I’m proud of the fighting spirit and the way I managed to be competitive in that position.”

Nadal said he was concerned about the injury and would undergo further scans on Thursday before deciding whether to continue competing in the grasscourt major.

“I’m used to holding on to the pain and playing through the problems,” said Nadal, who played and won Roland Garros with pain-relieving injections before each match and only after radio frequency treatment his leg hurts. Shortly after confirmed participation in Wimbledon.

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