Taylor Fritz said he didn't deserve to be in the Wimbledon semifinal after losing to Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal. Nadal, 36, was hampered by an abdominal injury during the Wimbledon quarterfinal but still managed to beat Fritz in tight five sets.
The following day, the scan results revealed an abdominal tear and Nadal was forced to pull out of his Wimbledon semifinal versus Nick Kyrgios. Some thought that Nadal should have retired versus Fritz instead of finishing the match and then pulling out of the tournament the next day.
“If I wanted to be in the semifinal, I should’ve beaten him. It’s as simple as that. If I didn’t beat him, I shouldn’t be moving on. I don’t deserve to be in the next match. It is what it is.
He has the right to pull out”. , Fritz said in a Citi Open Instagram Live, per Sportskeeda.
Fritz on losing to Nadal: The hardest loss ever
“It was a huge match and I wanted it. I saw early on in the tournament that it could be a quarterfinal and I said, I want that quarterfinal, and I got it, and I played well.
I had my chances, could’ve gone either way. It sucks to lose obviously," Fritz added. “This probably hurts more than any loss I’ve ever had. After the match was over, I was sitting there and I felt like crying, like I wanted to cry.
I’ve never felt like that ever after a loss”. Earlier this year at the Australian Open, Fritz reached a Grand Slam second week for the first time in his career. Then, Fritz made his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon.
Fritz was up by a set and Nadal was clearly injured but the American failed to take the advantage of the situation as the Spaniard escaped with a tight five-set win.