Wimbledon 2022: Injured Rafael Nadal uncertanin if he can play semi-final against Nick Kyrgios

Rafael Nadal is unsure if he will be able to turn up for his Wimbledon semi-final on Friday against Australian Nick Kyrgios after the Spaniard played through an abdominal injury to beat Taylor Fritz in an absorbing contest.

Injured Nadal uncertain if he can play semi-final against Nick Kyrgios (Reuters)

Injured Nadal uncertain if he can play semi-final against Nick Kyrgios (Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nadal is unsure if he will be able to turn up for his Wimbledon semi-final
  • Nadal had abdominal pain and needed a medical timeout in the second set
  • Nadal said he was worried about the injury and that he will undergo more scans

Rafael Nadal said that it was not a sure thing that he would be healthy enough to play Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon semifinals. Nadal had abdominal pain and needed a medical timeout in the second set of his five-set victory over Taylor Fritz in an absorbing contest.

“I don’t know,” Nadal said when asked about his chances of playing the unseeded 27-year-old Kyrgios.

The Spaniard had battled through foot pain to win his 14th French Open title in June.

“Honestly, I can’t give you a clear answer because if I gave you a clear answer and tomorrow another thing happens, I will be a liar.”

Nadal took a medical timeout against 11th-seeded Fritz during his quarter-final outing to get treatment for the injury and said he had to adjust his game to continue playing.

The Spaniard, however, considered retiring many times during the contest.

“I just wanted to give myself a chance. Not easy to leave the tournament, not easy to leave Wimbledon, even if the pain was hard,” the 22-times Grand Slam winner said.

“I don’t know. I wanted to finish. I fought. Proud about the fighting spirit and the way that I managed to be competitive under that condition.”

Nadal said he was worried about the injury and that he will undergo more scans on Thursday before making a decision about continuing to compete at the grasscourt major.

“I am used to holding pain and play with problems,” said Nadal, who played and won Roland Garros with pain-killing injections prior to each match and only confirmed his Wimbledon participation after radio frequency treatment eased pain in his foot.

“Knowing that, when I feel something like I felt, that is because something is not going the proper way in abdomen. But let’s see. I had these feelings for a couple of days. Without a doubt, today was the worst day, has been an important increase of pain and limitation,” he said.

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