Rafael Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon before the semi-final match

Wimbledon, England. Rafael Nadal, the 22-time Grand Slam champion, has pulled out of his semi-final match against Nick Kyrgios scheduled for Friday.

Nadal made the announcement on Thursday in the main conference room of the All England Club.

“I don’t think I can win two matches under these circumstances,” he said. “I can’t serve.”

Nadal, who entered the tournament due to concerns over his chronically injured leg, tore his abdominal muscle while playing earlier in the tournament. He compounded this with his five-set victory over Taylor Fritz in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

In that match, Nadal took a medical timeout in the second set. In the stands, his father and other members of his family trained for him to stop playing so as not to risk further injury, but Nadal ignored their pleas and scored one of the most remarkable comeback victories of a career that many of them have seen.

After the match, Nadal said he was worried that he would not be able to play in the semi-finals and that he planned to undergo a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

“Decision at the end – all decisions are the player’s decision, but at the same time I need to know different opinions and I need to check everything properly, right? It’s even more important than winning Wimbledon, it’s health,” he said.

Nadal’s game improved with each match, which he also noted after beating Fritz, despite it being his first grass tournament in three years.

“The level of tennis, if you put aside the problems, something difficult, the level of tennis, the feeling that I have with the ball in my hand is really great. I feel like I’m playing very well,” he said.

With the departure of Nadal, Kyrgios receives a pass to his first Grand Slam singles final. Kyrgios, 27, has never reached a Grand Slam singles semi-final before in his controversial career.

Nadal won the first two Grand Slams of the year: the Australian Open and the French Open. The win over Fritz separated him from a calendar year Grand Slam by just nine wins, a feat no male player has done since Rod Laver in 1969.