Nadal is not sure about playing Wimbledon semi-final due to injury.
Rafa Nadal defeated Taylor Fritz in an exciting match despite an abdominal ailment. However, it had no certainty that he would be able to attend his Wimbledon semifinal match on Friday against Australian Nick Kyrgios.
On Wednesday on Centre Court, Nadal was on the verge of quitting his match because of a physical issue. Still, he found the motivation to defeat Fritz in four hours and 20 minutes.
The Mallorcan would complete the calendar slam, a feat last accomplished in 1969 by Australian great Rod Laver, with a victory at the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows.
It was a victory in his third Wimbledon tournament, his first on the well-kept grounds since 2010.
However, the 36-year-old gave no assurance that he would be at Centre Court to continue his historic campaign.
When asked whether he had any chance of beating the unseeded 27-year-old Kyrgios, Nadal said, “I don’t know.
“Honestly, I can’t give you a definite answer because if I do and something else occurs tomorrow, I’ll be lying,” I said.
When Nadal needed medical attention during his quarterfinal match against 11th-seeded Fritz, he acknowledged he had to change his style of play to keep playing.
The Spaniard thought about giving up many times during the competition.
“All I wanted to do was try myself. Even though the agony was severe, leaving Wimbledon and the competition was challenging, “says the 22-time Grand Slam champion.
“I’m not sure. I wanted to complete. I battled. I’m proud of my spirit of perseverance and how I was able to compete under such circumstances.”
Before deciding whether to continue competing at the grasscourt major, Nadal said he was concerned about the knee and would get additional tests on Thursday.
Nadal, who participated in and won the Roland Garros tournament while receiving painkiller injections before each match, said: “I am accustomed to holding discomfort and playing with issues.” He only announced his participation in Wimbledon after receiving radio frequency therapy for foot trouble.
Devika Chowdhury – She is a professional news editor, writer, and blogger for the last 10 years. She is working with NewsGater as an off-beat news editor cum writer.