Spain’s Rafael Nadal withdrew on the eve of his semi-final match at Wimbledon due to a muscle tear in his abdomen.
“Unfortunately, I’m here, it’s because I had to withdraw from the tournament,” Nadal said at a press conference Thursday at Wimbledon.
Nadal’s presence for this match seemed uncertain. He felt a lot of pain in his five-set win over American Taylor Fritz the day before.
‘Rafa’ was limited to training on Thursday, content to perform forehands and backhands.
He tried to perform a service and he did it without putting all the gum in it. He couldn’t wave his whole body to complete his momentum. Though it was a real challenge the day before against Fritz.
He will not be able to pursue a 23rd major title in his career in the same season. He already holds the record with 22, two more than Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
He had won the Australian and France Open earlier this year. And hoped to secure a third career title at the All England Club after his triumphs in 2008 and 2010.
‘Rafa’s forfeiture thus means that his opponent is in the semi-finals. Yes, Nick Kyrgios, has obtained his pass to the final.
The Australian, ranked 40th in the world, will compete in his first career final at Wimbledon.
He will meet on Sunday the winner of Friday’s duel between Djokovic and the local favorite, Cameron Norrie.
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