Yewti- Rather than face Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon semi-final, Rafael Nadal withdrew with an abdominal injury and went home. Rafa returned home to undergo more tests, and should be back on the pitch in three or four weeks. Nadal will not practice serving him for the next month, and still hopes to be ready for the final Major of the season at the US Open.

Rafa’s foot was fine in London, but he broke his abdomen and was able to play to the fullest. The Spaniard overcame four rivals to reach the quarter-finals, facing Taylor Fritz in a battle for the semi-finals. Nadal got rid of the American 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 and 7-6 in four hours and 20 minutes, giving everything to finish the match and prevailing in the decisive tie break of the match.

In the end, it was Rafa’s last Wimbledon match this year, revealing a seven-millimeter tear to his abdomen and feeling it would be pointless to step on court on Friday against Nick Kyrgios. Rafa and Taylor won the same number of points and created 14 break points each to remain level for more than four hours.

Taylor came back from 3-1 down in the first set and chained five straight games to go 6-3 and lead. Rafa increased the lead in the second set before the youngster got back up 3-3. Both players served well in the following games, with Fritz serving to stay in the set at 5-6.

Nadal got one last break to secure the set and level the aggregate score. Fritz took command in the third set, grabbing a pair of breaks in games three and nine for 6-3 and a new lead. Nadal spoke with the doctor and chose to fight to the end despite the pain.

Tracy Austin talks about Rafael Nadal

Some experts and fans felt that Taylor Fritz, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals, should have gotten another chance and replace the Spaniard in the semifinals. “No no no no no.

You can’t lose in the semis and win a slam. No …. Rafa should’ve tried to win and then hoped that the scans weren’t that bad and that he could recover. They weren’t and he can’t. Not his job to protect the other players,” Roddick said.

Agreeing with Roddick, former World No. 1 Tracy Austin of America said that an injury is often less serious than it initially seems. Couldn’t agree more! When u are in thick of playing,u have no idea how it will feel next day.

Many times an injury feels better than u thought it would.U get to continue. Can u imagine Rafa pulling out mid match, then felt good enough to play, half way to calendar grand slam? No!”

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