Just 24 hours before his semi-finals against Nick Kyrgios, Rafael Nadal had to pull out of Wimbledon due to an abdominal muscle injury.
Later during the press conference, he said,
“I can’t serve at the right speed; I can’t do normal movements. I can’t imagine myself winning two matches like this, and for respect for myself in a way. I don’t want to go out there and not be competitive enough to play at the level I need to play at to achieve my goal.”
Nadal sustained a 7-mm abdominal tear during his Quarter-finals against Taylor Fritz which later, the Spaniard won by 6-3,7-5,6-3,5-7,6-7.
The injury landed Nick Kyrgios, Australia to qualify for his first-ever grand slam finals. The Australian tennis star has been in the form of his life throughout the tournament by beating Tsitsipas in the Round of 16 and C.Garin in the Quater-finals.
Kyrgios showed respect to the legend with a heartfelt note.
Nick Kyrgios took to Instagram :
“Different players, different personalities. @rafaelnadal I hope your recovery goes well and we all hope to see you healthy soon..till next time…,”
These two have faced each other once before in the fourth round of the Australian Open, 2020 and Nadal got the better of Kyrgios beating him by 6-3,3-6,7-6,7-6.
Nick has been the English crowd’s entertainer throughout the tournament. Now on Sunday, Nick Kyrgios will be facing Novak Djokovic in the Finals after the Serbian defeated the home crowd’s favorite, C.Norrie by 2-6,6-3,6-2,6-4.
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