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07th Jul 2022

Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal pulls out of semi-final against Nick Kyrgios

Daniel Brown

Nadal’s tournament has come to an end

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of Wimbledon due to an abdominal injury and will not play the semi-final against Australian Nick Kyrgios.

The Spaniard secured a hard-fought five-set victory over Taylor Fritz in his quarter-final tie, despite struggling with an abdominal issue.

After the game, he said that he would seek medical advice before deciding whether to take on Kyrgios in the semi-finals on Friday.

The second seed was a doubt for Wimbledon in general because of a chronic foot condition, and the 36-year-old required strapping on his abdomen during his fourth-round match. 

Nadal has since confirmed that, due to the tear in his abdominal muscle, he would not be able to be competitive over two matches.

Following a light practice for 45 minutes on site at 1:30pm today, the 22-times grand slam champion informed All England Club officials later in the afternoon that he will not be fit enough to play on Centre Court for his semi-final tie.

The official Wimbledon account tweeted: “We’re sad to see it end this way, @RafaelNadal… Thank you for another year of unforgettable moments at The Championships”.

Speaking about his decision to withdraw, Nadal said: “Unfortunately, as you can imagine if I am here, I have to pull out from the tournament, no? As everybody saw yesterday, I have been suffering with the pain in abdominal. I know something was not okay there, as yesterday I said.

“Yeah, that’s confirmed. I have a tear in the muscle in the abdominal. The communication is too late because even like that I was thinking during the whole day about the decision to make.

“But I think it’s, yeah, I think it’s don’t make sense to go. Even if I tried lot of times during my career to keep going under very tough circumstances, in that one I think it’s obvious that if I keep going, the injury going to be worst and worst.

“That’s the thing that I can say now. Feel very sad to say that.”

As a result, Kyrgios will play Novak Djokovic or Cameron Norrie in Sunday’s final.

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