Rafael Nadal Manages Abdominal Injury To Reach Wimbledon Semifinals, Keep Grand Slam Hopes Alive

Rafael Nadal Manages Abdominal Injury To Reach Wimbledon Semifinals, Keep Grand Slam Hopes Alive

During the early stages of his Wimbledon quarterfinal against American Taylor Fritz, it looked to all the world like Rafael Nadal might retire from the match.

During the early stages of his Wimbledon quarterfinal against American Taylor Fritz, it looked to all the world like Rafael Nadal might retire from the match.

Bothered by an abdominal injury, he sat in his chair with his head in his hands. He called for the trainer. His family and friends in his player box looked concerned. Nadal did not seem right.

But if tennis fans have learned anything over the past two decades, it is never to underestimate Rafael Nadal. Never count him out.

The 36-year-old Spaniard rebounded and ultimately knocked off Fritz in five sets, 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(4) across 4 hours, 20 minutes to reach the Wimbledon semifinals.

Nadal has won 19 straight major matches this year after winning the Australian and French Opens in the same calendar year for the first time in his career. Nadal improved to 4-0 in five-setters in 2022.

“It’s obvious that it have been a tough afternoon against a great player so all the credit to Taylor that he is playing great during the whole season,” Nadal said.

“It’s obvious that it have been a tough afternoon against a great player so all the credit to Taylor that he is playing great during the whole season,” Nadal said.

“For my personal side, it was not an easy match at all so just very happy to be in the semifinals, no? That’s all.”

“For my personal side, it was not an easy match at all so just very happy to be in the semifinals, no? That’s all.”

Nadal now stands two match wins from his third Wimbledon title and his 23rd major championship. His chief rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are tied at 20 apiece. But he faces a tricky path going forward.

Asked about his abdominal injury, Nadal said, “Well, the body is generally fine. Of course in the abdominal something is not going well. Being honest. Yeah, I had to find a way to serve a little bit different. Yeah, for a lot of moments I was thinking maybe I will not be able to finish the match but the court, the energy is something else. So thanks.”