Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon 2022 semi-final against Kyrgios due to injury

The 36-year-old Spaniard, on course for a calendar Grand Slam, announced he was pulling out after a 45-minute practice session earlier in the day, in which he looked clearly interrupted.

“I have a stomach ache… I have muscle tears. I made the decision because I don’t think I can win two matches in these conditions,” Nadal told a news conference. England Lawn Tennis Club.

“Not only can I not serve at the right pace, I can’t do the normal pace to serve. I don’t want to go out there and be competitive to play at the level to achieve my goal. And there’s the thing. And there’s a huge chance to spoil,” he explained.

Nadal’s bid for the Grand Slam came to an end after his titles at the Australian Open and Roland Garros earlier this season. Nadal holds a 35-3 record this season, including four titles.

After withdrawing from the semi-finals, Nadal gave Kyrgios his first Grand Slam final free pass. The 27-year-old Australian will take on the winner of Novak Djokovic and Cameron Norie in the final on Sunday.

The star had strapped on his abdomen during his fourth-round match, but was showing pain from the injury during Wednesday’s quarter-final against Taylor Fritz. He took a medical time-out during the match and ignored calls from his father and sister and pushed through pain to win in five sets.

Nadal’s serve was severely affected by the injury and he was let down during his post-match media commitments. The world number four player said that with the rest now he hopes to resume his planned schedule within about four weeks.

“My hope is that in three to four weeks it will allow me to do my normal calendar. In a week I will be able to play from baseline without serving. That’s a positive thing,” said the Spaniard.

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