Rafael Nadal had his abs ripped 7mm in the Wimbledon quarter-finals last week. The Spanish phenomenon managed to beat Taylor Fritz in five sets, but had to withdraw on the eve of the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios. His dream of achieving the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ therefore faded away, given that Rafa had won the first two major tournaments of 2022.
As if that were not enough, Novak Djokovic won for the seventh time in London and closed the gap that separates him from Nadal in the general classification. Barring improbable twists, the Serb won’t be able to travel to the United States to compete in the US Open, so the Mallorcan will have a great chance to stretch further.
The 36-year-old Iberian should recover in time for the Masters 1000 in Canada, which will be important to polish his preparation for the last Grand Slam of the season. During a recent interview with MARCA, Garbine Muguruza has praised his compatriot Rafa Nadal for not giving up in difficult times.
Muguruza opens up on Rafa Nadal
“It hurts because Rafael Nadal was able to understand what he is suffering. He is suffering, he has the ability to endure the pain and take it to the extreme and on top of that, he is winning.”
Regarding the ‘Big Three’ of Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, Muguruza said: “Among the men there are three aliens, and the rest are very good, but there is a big difference.” Rafael Nadal injured his abdomen while facing American tennis ace Taylor Fritz.
Although he emerged victorious, his injury brought an abrupt end to his run at Wimbledon this year. Therefore, Djokovic, who went through something similar during his Australian Open 2021 campaign, shared his thoughts.
While speaking to the press ahead of his last-round clash with Australian Nick Kyrgios, Djokovic opened up about Nadal’s injury and subsequent withdrawal. He said: “Injuries are every athlete’s worst enemy. I give Nadal a lot of credit for how he fought and won that quarter-final match with that injury.
He is the one who knows his body best, so the decision to continue or not was always up to him. It is very sad that such an important tournament as Wimbledon did not have a second semi-final. But that’s how it is,” he added.
The Serb injured his abdomen while facing the same opponent, namely the defending Indian Wells champion, Taylor Fritz, in the third round of the Australian Open last year.