'It doesn't make sense for Rafael Nadal to...', says ATP star



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'It doesn't make sense for Rafael Nadal to...', says ATP star

Tennys Sandgren seemed to suggest that Rafael Nadal withdrew from his Wimbledon semi-final to avoid Nick Kyrgios. On Wednesday, Nadal was visibly affected by an abdominal injury, but was able to finish his match and earn a five-set victory over Taylor Fritz.

A day later, scans showed an abdominal tear and Nadal was limited in training. On Thursday night, Nadal called a news conference to announce his withdrawal from his Wimbledon semifinal against Kyrgios. "Wonder if Rafa goes out on the pitch against anyone other than Kyrgios," Sandgren tweeted.

By the time Nadal called a press conference, everyone knew what was going to happen. "Unfortunately, as you can imagine if I'm here, I have to withdraw from the tournament, right?" Nadal said at the press conference he offered on Thursday at Wimbledon.

"As everyone saw yesterday, I have been suffering with the pain in my abdomen. Although I have tried many times throughout my career to continue in very difficult circumstances, in this one I think it is obvious that if I continue, the injury is going to get worse and worse.

That is what I can say now. I feel very sad to say it" In his message, Nadal explained that it seemed impossible for him to go out and win two matches to the best of five sets with the injury that he drags. "I can't imagine winning two matches and out of respect for myself I somehow don't want to go out there and not be competitive enough," Nadal said.

Rafa practiced for around 45 minutes

Feliciano Lopez, in a recent interview with Spanish newspaper MARCA, said that he lacks adequate words to describe Rafael Nadal's achievements. "When he is healthy there are very few players who can beat him," said Lopez.

"We have long run out of words to describe what Rafa does. You have to enjoy it because at 36 years old that a player is able to win two Grand Slams in the circumstances that he has, it is very difficult to explain in words what he is doing.

I think it's the best decision he could make because of the circumstances," Lopez acknowledged. "Rafa plays the Grand Slams to win them and it doesn't make sense for him to jump on the court in those conditions and there is also the risk of hurting himself more and endangering the rest of the season."

Rafael Nadal said in his press conference that although he had been feeling pain in the abdominal area since the previous week.