Rafael Nadal was in agonizing pain in the Wimbledon quarterfinals against Taylor Fritz because he couldn’t play his usual, ruthless brand of tennis. Nadal’s father was flailing his arms in the Centre Court bleachers, urging his son to retire, as per sources.
He twice overcame one-set deficits to beat 11th-seed Fritz and reach his eighth semifinal at the All England Club on Wednesday — with much of the crowd cheering and standing after his finest shots. On Friday, Rafael Nadal will face Australian Nick Kyrgios, a 27-year-old who defeated Chilean Cristian Garin 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
After receiving anti-inflammatories to “relax” the muscle during Wednesday’s match, he stated he was unsure if he would be able to play in Friday’s semifinal vs. Germany. At 3-1 in the first set against Fritz, Rafael Nadal realized something wasn’t quite right, and he’ll undergo testing Thursday to see out what’s wrong.
Nadal’s winning streak had been 20 matches, and he was suffering from a terrible rib injury at the time. When Nadal took a medical stoppage with a trainer while leading 4-3 in the second set on Wednesday, Fritz paced the baseline in anticipation of the match’s return.
After the match, Nadal acknowledged, “It’s difficult,” referring to his stomach problem. Fritz’s powerful serve was broken three times in the next set after he won the third set. It won’t be an easy contest, according to Nadal. There are “two completely different personalities,” Kyrgios stated when asked about Nadal.
On the day of his match against the 26-year-old unseeded Garin, Australian police announced that Kyrgios would appear in court next month on a charge of common assault resulting from an incident that occurred in December.
Kyrgios stated at his post-match press conference Wednesday, “I have a lot of views, a lot of things I want to say, kind of my side about it.” While Kyrgios’ massive forehands are impressive, there isn’t much traditional about him, as evidenced by his on-court remarks following the match.