Taylor Fritz said he felt Rafael Nadal was indeed injured and playing through pain during their Wimbledon quarterfinal match. On Wednesday, Nadal defeated Fritz 3-6 7-5 3-6 7-5 7-6 (4) to progress into the Wimbledon semifinal.
In the second set, Nadal called a medical timeout for an abdominal issue. Nadal's serving was impacted by the injury but he was able to play for over four hours and edge out Fritz in a thriller. After the match, Fritz was asked if he thought Nadal was faking an injury.
“No," Fritz answered, per TennisBuzz. “I think in the beginning when he did it, he probably didn’t know maybe how bad it was. Maybe that explains how the movement for a couple games was maybe not as, like, explosive.
I don’t know if he took any painkillers or anything. Kind of once he got a feel for the injury, he knew it was only really going to really affect him on the serve and he could, like, play through from the back."
Fritz: I don't think Nadal made up an injury
“I don’t think he, like, made up an injury or anything.
His serve dropped, like, I don’t know, 10, 15 miles per hour. He wouldn’t do that for no reason," Fritz added. "From the ground I thought third set, fourth set, fifth set, he was money. He was moving really well, playing amazing defence.
I was absolutely ripping the ball in corners and he was running and ripping them back for winners. I’m sure he played through most likely a lot of pain. Everyone’s got little injuries and everyone’s got stuff this late into a tournament.
Everyone’s kind of trying to play through stuff. It is what it is”. Even though Fritz lost, it was still his best-ever Grand Slam run as he reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time.