News of Rafael Nadal’s retirement after the fatigue and pain he had ended the match against Taylor Fritz was in the air and the announcement at Thursday’s press conference swept away any doubts. Too much pain for the Mallorcan tennis player, who explained that he lived a whole week with a 7mm abdominal tear, but in the quarterfinals match he felt the problem worsening and that at that point he preferred to put all their luck forward and decide to give it up.
A low blow for the Spanish tennis player and all his fans who still believed in the Grand Slam dream. Nadal’s retirement therefore allows Nick Kyrgios to easily qualify for his first Slam final at the age of 27 and after a career in which his character, too often exaggerated, has not allowed him to achieve the results that everyone has.
expected from a tennis player of his talent. The Australian tennis player wished the Spanish champions a speedy recovery via an Instagram post. Kyrgios wrote a few lines of post to show his closeness to Nadal. “Different players, different personalities.
@rafaelnadal I hope your recovery is going well and we all hope to see you well next time 🗣🙏🏽…” the Australian posted. For the Canberra native, 2022 seems to be the turning point year in which, despite some unfortunate failures and a not-very-decent attitude that cost him some fines, he showed a continuity of results he has never had in his career, and put in a number of good performances.
In fact, the Australian has a 22-6 record this season (including the semi-final not played with Nadal), specifically 13-2 on grass, a surface on which he won the final at Wimbledon and the semi-finals at Halle and Stuttgart reached.
Nadal never gives up
Toni Nadal wrote a column in El Pais about his nephew’s injury and fitness situation over the years. “First of all, Rafael Nadal has the ability to endure suffering and overcome extraordinary difficulties,” Toni said.
“As early as 2005 he had to accept and internalize the pain in order to continue his sporting career. Had we given him credit for the seriousness of his congenital injury, he would have resigned in those early days and not even lifted the 2006 Roland Garros.
Second, even in seemingly untenable situations, he almost always maintains unwavering belief in himself.” Toni added, “He tends to take every opportunity that comes his way and grasp at straws. If he runs well, he wins the match, and if he doesn’t, he leaves knowing he can’t blame the loss on his own retirement.”