Taylor Fritz says he doesn’t deserve to be in the Wimbledon semi-finals after losing to Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals. Nadal, 36, was hampered by an abdominal injury in the Wimbledon quarter-final match but still managed to beat Fritz in five tight sets.
The following day, scan results revealed an abdominal tear and Nadal was forced to withdraw from his Wimbledon semi-final match against Nick Kyrgios. Some thought Nadal should have retired against Fritz instead of ending the match and withdrawing from the tournament the following day.
“If I wanted to be in the semi-finals, I should have beaten him. It’s as simple as that. If I hadn’t beaten him, I shouldn’t have gone any further. I don’t deserve to to be in the next game. It is what it is. He has the right to retire,” Fritz said in an Instagram Live from the Citi Open, according to Sportskeeda.
“It was a huge match and I wanted it. I saw at the start of the tournament that it could be a quarter-final and I said, I want that quarter-final, and I got it, and I I played well. I had my chances, it could have gone either way.
It sucks to lose, obviously,” Fritz added. “It probably hurts more than any other loss I’ve ever suffered. When he finished the game, he was sitting there and he wanted to cry, as he wanted to. I’ve never felt like this after a loss.”
Earlier this year at the Australian Open, Fritz reached week two of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. Later, Fritz reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Wimbledon. Fritz was leading a set and Nadal was clearly injured, but the American didn’t take advantage of the situation and the Spaniard escaped with a narrow victory in five sets.
Rafa Nadal won two Grand Slams in 2022
Sao Paulo’s new signing Giuliano Galoppo has praised Rafael Nadal for his mental toughness. “Nadal is very important. I like him a lot because I see his ability to recover from mistakes, his mental strength, and that’s something that helps to get through.
At the time, I had a long wound that I was able to overcome, and that’s why I feel identified, I feel very strong, and it’s a great inspiration that I continue to see day by day .” Rafael Nadal had a superb 2022 campaign, starting the season 20-0.