Nadal refused to surrender to his injury and hung on to catch American Taylor Fritz in five sets, once again reaching the men’s singles semifinals at the Wimbledon Championships.
Nadal, the 22-time major champion, left the court in the second set for a medical timeout, after losing the opening set 3-6, and appeared to struggle with a stomach problem in the middle of the quarter-final match.
Yet the second seed showed trademark flexibility, ramping up his aggression to keep the points low, and a highly-rated decisive tie-up to seal 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6. brake built. 4) Win.
There was heavy speculation that the injury was an abdominal problem and it may now be revealed that Nadal suffered a seven-millimeter pain in his abdomen, with Marca explaining that Nadal was eager to push himself through the pain barrier. Huh.
He was due to practice at Wimbledon Court 10 at 12.30pm on Thursday but failed to show up, with Marca reporting a scan showed Nadal that he had a 7mm tear in his abdomen, but will play on Friday.
Nadal, who won the Australian Open in January and the French Open in June, is trying to keep his bid for the 2022 Grand Slam alive in the grass-court major. His next opponent is Nick Kyrgios as the Australian defeated Christian Garrin of Chile 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5) to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.
The Spaniard had said he could not guarantee he would play the semi-finals on Friday as he would go for some Tests on Thursday.
“I hope I will be ready to play,” Nadal said on Wednesday.
“Nick is a great player on all surfaces, but especially here on grass. He has had a great grass-court season and it will be a big challenge. I need to be 100 percent to keep chances and that’s what I do.” I’ll try to.”
The Spaniard took a knee at the end of the second set after dropping a serve and clinging to his stomach. He soon called for a medical time-out, where his father and sister pleaded with him to withdraw from the match.
He was late for Thursday’s practice session at Wimbledon and Marka claims it was because he was off the field for his medical examination. The Spanish outlet claimed that Nadal suffered a ‘seven millimeter tear in one of his abdominal muscles’.
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