‘If he goes well, Rafael Nadal wins …’, says expert

The hope of seeing Rafael Nadal on court in the semi-finals was already quite dim, but now the official announcement has arrived: the Spaniard is withdrawing from Wimbledon. Following a stoic comeback against Fritz in the quarterfinals, in which the Mallorcan endured abdominal pain and ended the match as the winner, the 22-time Grand Slam champion was diagnosed with a 7mm abdominal tear, forcing him to resign and say goodbye to the dream of the Grand Slam.

Nick Kyrgios will therefore be the first Wimbledon finalist, who will await the winner between Cameron Norrie and Novak Djokovic. In a press conference, Nadal expressed disappointment at what happened and explained the reasons for his withdrawal.

The Spaniard explained the reasons for his own painful decision. “I can not imagine winning two games like that. I do not want to go out on the pitch and not be competitive, out of respect for myself and not to make things worse.

I have seen my career in danger because of my foot, and there are dangerous things that can stop my sports career. As I have always said, the most important thing for me is my happiness. I’ve worked hard to be here, but I can not risk being away too long.

It is very difficult for me. I am very sad about this decision, “Nadal said. On the faded dream of the Grand Slam.” I did not think about the possibility of not being able to win the four Majors this year, but about my daily happiness and my daily work .

The difficulties I have encountered show how important it is for me to be here. I’m sorry because I was playing at a good level and I certainly would have had a chance here. “Nadal said that he did not regret not withdrawing during the match with Fritz.

Uncle Toni opens up on Rafa

Toni Nadal wrote a column in El Pais about his nephew’s injury and fitness situation over the years. “The reality of my nephew, indeed, has been the one that I reminded my brother once when he told me that we rushed too many times:” If it hadn’t been like that, Rafael Nadal would have lifted half of the Grand Slams he has ”.

He, of course, will not put his health at risk, as he has stated lately, but the fact is that he combines a set of characteristics that allow him to make the most of his worst circumstances, “Toni Nadal said.” Second, even in seemingly untenable situations, he almost always retains unshakable faith in himself. “

Toni added. “He tends to take every opportunity he has available to him and grasp at straws. If he goes well, he wins the match, and if not, he leaves with the peace of mind that he will not be able to attribute the defeat to his own resignation. ”

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