BUTn a wound in the stomach made life very difficult Rafael Nadal during his quarter-final victory over Wimbledon Taylor Fritz Wednesday evening.
The Spaniard needed medical attention in the middle of the second set. Nadal’s father even gestured for him to leave.
However, he continued and ended up winning in four hours and 21 minutes, winning 3–6, 7–5, 3–6, 7–5, 7–6 (4), winning the fifth set tiebreak with 10 glasses.
Despite the long match Nadal said in his post-match interview that he thrives in such an environment and thanked the crowd on Center Court.
“Honestly, I really like to play such matches,” Nadal said later.
“It was a tough day against a great player so thanks Taylorwho has been great all season.
“It was not easy at all, so I’m just really happy that I made it to the semi-finals.
“The body as a whole is fine, but in the stomach, of course, something is wrong.
“I had to find a way to serve a little differently.
“I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish the match, but this court and the energy is something else.”
Nadal announces semi-final match with Kyrgios
In the next round, the semi-finals, he will face his old enemy. Nick Kyrgiosbut the Spaniard praised the Australian.
“Hopefully I’ll be ready to play, that’s the first thing to do.” Nadal said about the semi-final match.
“Nick is a great player in every way, but especially here on the grass.
“I need to be 100 percent to have the best chance.”
Nadal recalls his epic 2008 final against Federer
This Wednesday marks 14 years since NadalWimbledon final vs. Roger Federer in 2008.
“It was a long time ago, but that final with Roger Federerall the special moments that we shared around the world,” he said.
“Going back to 2008, it would be hard to imagine that in 2022 I will still be playing here at Wimbledon, but I am here and I am happy about it.”