Injured in the abdominals, during his quarter-final against Taylor Fritz, Rafael Nadal does not yet know if he will be able to play his semi-final against Nick Kyrgios.
On the edge of the precipice, the Terminator of tennis, Rafael Nadal, however diminished by an abdominal injury, contracted in the second set, had the last word, Wednesday in the quarter-finals against Taylor Fritz, after a terrible fight and in the super-tie-break of the fifth set 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-4). At 3-6, 4-3, Rafael Nadal asked the physio to intervene and examine him in the locker room due to abdominal pain. “The doctor came, he gave me anti-inflammatories and painkillers. The physio tried to relax the muscle a bit. But it is difficult. We can’t cure what I have like this.»
Clearly embarrassed to serve, the Spaniard did not hide his pain. His father Sebastian, worried, asked him with a sign of his arms to give up so as not to aggravate his injury. But his son didn’t listen to him… and he imposed himself, despite suffering abs. “They told me that I had to give up the game, yes, confirmed the world number 4 at a press conference. But it’s hard to give up in the middle of a game, even though I’ve been thinking about it for a while. But on the other hand, I have already given up in my career. It’s something I hate to do. So I kept trying to play. It is not easy to leave the tournament, to leave Wimbledon, even if the pain is great.»
“I had a lot more pain and it handicapped me much more”
In a rollercoaster match, the man with 22 Grand Slam titles was able to speak about his immense experience in a magnificent fifth set and was able to overcome the pain. “I’ve had these pains for a few days, but today it was much worse, I had much more pain and it handicapped me much more. But I managed to win the game. So I fought. And I’m proud of my mindset and how I managed to be competitive in those circumstances.»
The 36-year-old Spaniard, still alive, will meet Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals on Friday, to try to play the sixth final of his career at Wimbledon. If his body allows it…”I do not know. I can’t give a precise answer because if I told you something specific and tomorrow something else happened, I would be a liar…Obviously I’m not the kind of player who was never injured. I used to have physical issues and I used to contain my pain and play with those issues.»