Due to an abdominal strain, Rafael Nadal withdrew from his Wimbledon semifinal matchup against Nick Kyrgios. The second seed from Spain needed treatment for the ailment during his Wednesday quarterfinal match against Taylor Fritz, but he battled through the discomfort to prevail in five sets.
It is clear that the injury will worsen, he added, adding that he had attempted numerous times throughout his career to keep playing. In the Sunday final, Kyrgios will face either Novak Djokovic or Cameron Norrie. Nadal said that a tear in his abdominal muscle prevented him from competing in two sets.
Earlier on Thursday, the Spaniard worked out at Wimbledon without the media present. Despite having strapping on his abdomen during his match against Fritz in the fourth round, Nadal was clearly in pain due to the injury.
During the match, he took a medical break and defied orders from his father and sister to give up before miraculously managing to come back and win.
The 36-year-participation old’s in Wimbledon was generally in doubt due to a persistent foot issue. The injury significantly impacted his serve, and he appeared dejected during his post-match media appearances.