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weakera

Talk Tennis Guru
Rafa said the injury worsened in the 3-1 and 4-3 games. He said it has been bothering him for a week. He said he retired because he couldn't imagine winning two matches in this condition. He will be able to practice without serving in a week and fully practice in 3-4 weeks.
 

prosperned

Professional
Rafa said the injury worsened in the 3-1 and 4-3 games. He said it has been bothering him for a week. He said he retired because he couldn't imagine winning two matches in this condition. He will be able to practice without serving in a week and fully practice in 3-4 weeks.
Lovely news considering the tragic circumstances!
 

Rattie

Legend
Very upsetting especially considering he was on form on grass. His forehand and backhand were firing and his tactics and all court game were all there. He had an excellent chance of winning, no matter who the favourite was. However, I said the other day I wouldn’t complain and I’m not. He won the AO. He won the French and he will recover and prepare well for the USO.
Personally, I loathe watching him play in pain. It’s not a pleasant experience but he’s our slam record holder. He has nothing to prove. Nothing! He is a legend and he’s not finished yet. Vamos!
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
The down side is, as we age these kinds of injuries and issue become more come and chronic. Furthermore, they start to weigh heavily mentally and emotionally as well. So while he may very well want to fully recover and compete, it could be the idea of doing all that one more time, and one more time, and one more time...starts making the alternative more appealing.

We will see.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Wimbledon - 'Very sad' Rafael Nadal explains decision to withdraw before semi-final with Nick Kyrgios
While Rafael Nadal practised at the All England Club on Thursday afternoon ahead of the last-four clash with Australia's Nick Kyrgios, he had to call a press conference for the evening to confirm that he has been forced to withdraw from the tournament due to the abdominal injury he suffered during his quarter-final victory over Taylor Fritz. As a result, Kyrgios has received a walkover.

The Spaniard somehow managed to continue his quest to secure a historic Calendar Slam in 2022 after he roared back to beat Fritz in a marathon quarter-final. But while he managed to pull through the match with Fritz, he has come to the decision that he will not be able to compete at a sufficient level against Kyrgios on Friday.

“As you can imagine, I am here because I have to pull out from the tournament," Nadal said in the hastily-arranged press conference. "As everybody saw yesterday, I have been suffering with pain in my abdomen.

"It wasn’t okay then, and now it’s confirmed. I have a tear in the abdominal muscle. The communication is too late. I was thinking the whole day about the decision to make, but I think it doesn’t make sense [to continue]. Very tough circumstances; it’s obvious that if I keep going, the injury will worsen. I’m very sad to say that.

“I made my decision because I believe that I cannot win two matches under these circumstances. I can’t serve at the right speed; I can’t do normal movements. I can’t imagine myself winning two matches like this, and for respect for myself in a way, I don’t want to go out there and not be competitive enough to play at the level I need to play at to achieve my goal.

 
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weakera

Talk Tennis Guru
It's best not to play if you know you are going to lose. If Rafa had lost to Kyrgios tomorrow, we would spend all our time reminding people that he was injured in the match. People have such short memories.

I think people are sad that this happened in the first place, it would be absurd to question his decision to withdraw as he understands what his chances are to win the title right now better than anyone.
 
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Rattie

Legend
It’s good to hear that he feels he will be able to hit some ground strokes after about a week and be healed within 3-4 weeks. Gives him time to be ready for the events building up to the USO.
He is right in saying that to continue to play would have worsened the tear and realistically he can’t win WB with no effective serve, and then he would have been out for even longer, messing up the chance he has to compete in NY.
 

movies99

Rookie
Very upsetting especially considering he was on form on grass. His forehand and backhand were firing and his tactics and all court game were all there. He had an excellent chance of winning, no matter who the favourite was. However, I said the other day I wouldn’t complain and I’m not. He won the AO. He won the French and he will recover and prepare well for the USO.
Personally, I loathe watching him play in pain. It’s not a pleasant experience but he’s our slam record holder. He has nothing to prove. Nothing! He is a legend and he’s not finished yet. Vamos!
This - he showed once again that he's the best player on the ground and won without a serve. He has high chances whoever is the opponent but since this tear is limiting his serve, I think it will effect returning, so I think it's a sensible thing to do considering US open. The level shown will help a lot and few more slams to him I hope. He basically won without serve, backhand and some limitation on movement, doubts, pain. Vamos Rafa !!
 

Cupcake

Hall of Fame
I thought he'd be able to defeat Kyrgios,, But would he have enough left for Djokovic/Norrie, perhaps with an even worse injury? Better for the tournament for him to withdraw now than before the final. Or worse, because it is a final, feel obligated to play. Rafa feels an obligation to the game that has brought him and his family so much. I would think that was part of his reasoning.

As a fan, I can now look forward to watching him play in some of the USO lead up tournaments, and beyond - like defending both the AO and the FO.
 

darthrafa

Hall of Fame
i think the medical team has advised him that he may be able to play but likely only at a similar level of QF while he may be at risk that it still cannot be fully recovered at USO, so after balancing the cons and pros, taking into consideration of slam race, rafa has to withdraw

i feel sorry but i believe it is the best option
 

JustMy2Cents

Hall of Fame
His withdrawal seems like a long term move... I do love that he says it's a normal process and he'll heal up.

I'll take this! He's going out of this Wimby on a Champion note... the accolades pouring in from top guys from all spectrum was fitting.

Vamos Rafa! Rest up!
And then Go get Montreal and USO!
 
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hoodjem

G.O.A.T.
Not a chance in **** of him doing that. He may not win, but he will play.

I re-watched the last set of yesterdays match, and he was playing very well. Fritz was no push-over. And playing tomorrow, unless it gets worse, he'll know what's on the table from the beginning. He's absolutely not going to let this chance slide by to make it to the final.
Oooops!
 
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