'I think Rafael Nadal made it clear', says top analyst

“I think Rafael Nadal made it clear,” says top analyst

Nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova said she was “very disappointed” to see Rafael Nadal withdraw from Wimbledon. On Wednesday, Nadal requested a medical time-out due to an abdominal injury but was able to continue and complete his match against Taylor Fritz.

After beating Fritz in five sets, Nadal admitted he could be forced to withdraw from the rest of the tournament. On Thursday, Nadal underwent scans that revealed an abdominal tear. Nadal then called a press conference to announce his withdrawal from his Wimbledon semifinal match against Nick Kyrgios.

“So disappointed in Rafael Nadal – too bad his body doesn’t allow him to continue – his spirit is unbreakable – I hope he’s back soon – GO Champion!!! #classact all the way,” Navratilova tweeted. Playing and winning two best-of-five-set matches with this type of injury would have been too difficult for Nadal, so he decided to retire.

Also, Nadal didn’t want to risk worsening his injury and missing a few months. “I can’t imagine winning two games and somehow out of respect for myself I don’t want to go out and not be competitive enough,” said Nadal.

“A few weeks ago I saw my career very differently because of the foot injury. The most important thing is luck more than any title. I can’t risk this game and stay out of competition for two or three months.

I’m very sad and it’s very difficult.” Nadal played at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019.

Toni Nadal reflects on Rafa

Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni Nadal has said that in difficult moments his nephew cannot think of giving up because he is not used to it.

“Indeed, my nephew’s reality was what I once reminded my brother of when he told me that we had rushed too many times: ‘If it hadn’t been for that, Rafael would have won half the Grand Slams’.

He obviously won’t risk his health, as he said recently, but the fact is that he combines a number of qualities that allow him to make the best of his worst circumstances,” said Toni Nadal. Toni said so Wimbledon withdrawal will help his nephew recover for the US Open.

“It couldn’t be this time and finally what was very predictable for everyone happened. Playing the semifinals of a Grand Slam with a tear in the abdominal area is an impossible task. Rafael decided yesterday afternoon to withdraw from the tournament, but I me think he has once again made clear his intention not to leave until he sees all possibilities exhausted and to maintain his ironclad commitment that will encourage him to bounce back and face the US Open with enthusiasm.

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