Wimbledon 2022: Rafael Nadal Unsure Whether He’ll Be Fit For Semi-Final Against Nick Kyrgios

Wimbledon 2022: Rafael Nadal Unsure Whether He’ll Be Fit For Semi-Final Against Nick Kyrgios

Rafael Nadal admitted that he did not know if he would be fit to face Nick Kyrgios in Friday’s Wimbledon semi-final because a stomach injury had forced him to almost withdraw against Taylor Fritz. The second seed had to take a medical timeout in the second set but struggled to win 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10/4) in a tough contest that lasted for four. ۔ Hours and 21 minutes.

Earlier, Australian wrestler Kyrgios easily defeated Chile’s Christian Garin 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5).

Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champions, said in a post-match press conference that he was uncertain about his continued participation in the tournament as it marks the third round of the rare calendar Grand Slam.

“I can’t give you a clear answer because if I gave you a clear answer and something else happened tomorrow, I would be a liar,” said the 36-year-old.

Nadal, who recovered from the pain during the match, said he would have tests before deciding to play for the All England club.

The Spaniard admitted that his father and sister were signaling to quit their quarter-final match against Fritz but said they “hated” the idea.

“I fought,” he said. “I am proud of the fighting spirit and the way I managed to cope in these situations.”

Kyrgios, ranked 40th in the world, is a big threat, even to a full-fledged footballer.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion has a 6-3 lead in his face-to-face meetings but Kyrgios beat the Spaniard to reach the quarter-finals in 2014 before Nadal took revenge three years ago.

Timeout

A pump-up Nadal got out of the blocks on Center Court to take a 3-1 lead but then lost five games in a row to drop the first set.

The players changed the break in the second set but Nadal was not moving freely and took a 4-3 lead with a medical time out.

When he returned, American 11th seed Fritz served love, and Nadal’s movement was still hampered.

But the Spaniard took a 6-5 lead with a comfortable serve twice and in the open court, the backhand volley sealed the second set, which was roared by the crowd.

Nadal, 36, was now moving more smoothly but lost twice in the third set.

There were five breaks in the tumultuous fourth set but Nadal came to the top and leveled the match.

The fifth set went to a tiebreak and Nadal took a 9-3 lead to seal the victory in his second match point.

Nadal, who has already won the Australian Open and French Open earlier this year, is halfway through his first calendar Grand Slam since Rod Lever in 1969.

He is also bidding to win his 23rd Grand Slam title and is second only to Serena Williams in the all-time list for most Grand Slam singles titles. Margaret Court tops the list with 24 titles.

Kyrgyz Cantor

There was no drama of Nadal’s match in Kyrgyz’s match on Court One.

The 27-year-old was broken only once by Garen and hit 35 winners after reaching his first Grand Slam semifinal.

“I never thought I would reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam,” the Australian said. “I thought the plane had crashed, maybe I lost that little window in my career.

“I’m really glad I was able to come here with my team and give a performance.”

Kyrgios is the first Australian player since Leighton Hewitt to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2005.

But he went under a new cloud of controversy in the match when it emerged that he would face an Australian court next month to answer the charge of assault.

His 2022 Wimbledon has also been a roller coaster on the court.

Stunning, crowd-pleasing shots include $ 14,000 in fines and an ugly, bitter feud with third-round rival Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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In the second semi-final on Friday, top seed Novak Djokovic will face ninth seed Cameron Nouri of Great Britain.

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