Rafael Nadal has decided to leave the Wimbledon after the physical problem suffered in the quarterfinls against Taylor Fritz. The training carried out today to test his conditions was useless. A certain optimism had also leaked from the staff, because the 22-time Grand Slam champion had completed the training session trying to change his serve movement.
Nadal explained: "If I am here it is because I have to withdraw from the tournament. As you have all seen, yesterday I felt severe abdominal pain and I immediately realized that something was wrong. I confirm my feelings.
I have an abdominal uncork. The communication did not arrive in a timely manner, I know. I have been thinking all day about the decision to make, but I think there is no point in trying to play. I have done it many times in the course of my career, these are hard circumstances.
But my injury could only get worse if I play. I believe that I cannot continue playing under these circumstances and experiencing this pain. I can't serve at the right speed, I can't make the movement."
Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon 2022
Nick Kyrgios will then have the chance to play his first final in a Grand Slam tournament.
The Australian will find out the name of his opponent tomorrow. The semi-final of the high part will see Novak Djokovic and Cameron Norrie take the court. Nadal managed the abdominal injury heroically and defeated Taylor Fritz in a super tiebreaker in the fifth set.
The Spanish champion served at a much slower speed than normal due to severe pain, but fought to the last point like a true warrior. The Majorcan had already questioned his presence in the semifinals against Nick Kyrgios in the post-match interview and, in an extraordinary press conference, unfortunately confirmed his negative feelings.