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Rafael Nadal doesn’t know if he’ll be fit to face Nick Kyrgios in Wimbledon semifinals



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The Spaniard got here by a grueling five-set epic towards Taylor Fritz on Wednesday, profitable 3-6 7-5 3-6 7-5 7-6 in 4 hours and 20 minutes, however at instances scuffling with an damage to his stomach.

On a couple of event, Nadal remained hunched over after a shot and was holding his midriff. The 2-time Wimbledon champion referred to as the coach out for an evaluation within the second set, earlier than ultimately utilizing a medical timeout and leaving the court docket for remedy.

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“I do not know,” Nadal mentioned, per Reuters, when requested if he would face Kyrgios. “Truthfully, I am unable to offer you a transparent reply as a result of if I gave you a transparent reply and tomorrow one other factor occurs, I shall be a liar.”

After the match, Nadal admitted he thought of retiring from the quarterfinal conflict.

“I simply wished to present myself an opportunity,” he added. [It’s] not simple to go away the event, [it’s] not simple to go away Wimbledon, even when the ache was laborious. I do not know. I wished to complete. I fought. [I’m] proud concerning the combating spirit and the best way that I managed to be aggressive below that situation.

“I’m used to holding ache and play with issues. Understanding that, once I really feel one thing like I felt, that’s as a result of one thing is just not going the right approach in [my] stomach.

“However let’s examine. I had these emotions for a few days. Surely, in the present day was the worst day, has been an necessary improve of ache and limitation.”

Nadal performed by the ache barrier to win his 14th French Open title earlier this yr, receiving injections in his foot earlier than every match. In a post-match press convention at Roland Garros, Nadal mentioned his 21-year profession had left him enduring ache “each single day.”

The 22-time grand slam champion was an damage doubt coming into Wimbledon after receiving remedy for the foot damage that dogged him in the course of the French Open, however he has now reached the semifinals on the All England Membership for the eighth time in his profession.