Coach Carlos Moya revealed that Rafael Nadal rested for just a week after sustaining an abdominal injury at Wimbledon. Nadal, 36, was clearly hampered by an abdominal injury during his Wimbledon quarterfinal versus Taylor Fritz, but was able to finish the match and win in five sets.
But the scan results weren't good as Nadal decided to pull out from his Wimbledon semifinal versus Nick Kyrgios. In an interview for the ATP Tour website, Moya was asked how Nadal's recovery looked. "He rested for a week. It’s an injury that doesn’t prevent him from training, but it does mean he can’t serve.
After a few weeks, he added the serve back into his routine. We thought he would make it to Canada, but that didn’t happen. He just made it to Cincinnati. Now we’re taking it day-by-day. At the moment, everything is under control, with a few variations.
With that in mind, we believe Rafa will be competitive," Moya told the ATP Tour website.
Moya on Nadal withdrawing from Wimbledon
After winning the Australian Open and French Open, Nadal was hoping to win Wimbledon and continue his pursue for a Calendar Grand Slam year.
Also, Nadal was aiming for his Wimbledon title since 2010. Reaching the Wimbledon semifinal and then withdrawing was heartbreaking for Nadal. "Obviously it hurts. Being in a Wimbledon semi-final and not being able to play, above all with the level he had.
It was one of the best Rafas I remember from the baseline, being aggressive, without speculating. We decided to evaluate the risks, analyse the pros and cons. When you’re not involved every day, it’s difficult. I wasn’t there, but I think it was a good decision.
Rafa is 36, and he had various Masters 1000s and the US Open ahead of him this year. The best thing for him is trying to be healthy. If he is, he is still competitive at any tournament," Moya explained. Now, Nadal is competing at the US Open, where he has been through to the last-16.