Rafael Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon due to injury, sending Nick Kyrgios straight to the final

The 22-time Grand Slam champion was scheduled to face Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals on Friday. Kyrgios will now head straight to the final to face the winner of the match between Novak Djokovic and Cameron Norrie.

“I have to withdraw from the tournament,” Nadal said at a press conference on Thursday. “I have a torn (abdominal) muscle.”

Nadal said he had been thinking all day about what to do but decided it “didn’t make sense” to continue.

“If I continue, the injury will get worse and worse,” he said, adding that he was “sad” about it.

Nadal hinted that part of his decision was based on the fact that he would need to win two matches, the semi-final and the final, to win the championship.

“I think I can’t win two matches,” he said. “I don’t want to get on the field and not be competitive enough to play at the level I need to reach my goal with a big chance of making things a lot worse.”

Nadal said he expects a recovery in three to four weeks and hopes to return to compete in upcoming tournaments as expected.

The Spaniard said that the injury bothered him for about a week, but during his grueling quarter-final matchup against Taylor Fritz on Wednesday. Although he got through, winning 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, at times he seemed to be struggling with a stomach injury.

Nadal repeatedly left hunched over after the shot and held him by the stomach. The two-time Wimbledon champion called the coach for an evaluation in the second set before ultimately using a medical time-out and leaving the court for treatment.
“We’re sad to see it end this way.” – Wimbledon tweeted, tagging Nadal. “Thank you for another year of unforgettable moments at the championship.”
Earlier this year, Nadal broke the pain barrier to win his 14th French Open title, receiving injections in his leg before every match. At the post-match press conference at Roland Garros, Nadal said his 21-year career was over. left him to endure pain “every single day.”

Matthias Grez of CNN contributed to this report.