Rafael Nadal doesn’t know if he can face Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon semi-final.

The Spaniard went through a grueling five-set epic against Taylor Fritz on Wednesday, winning 3-6 7-5 3-6 7-5 7-6 in four hours and 20 minutes, but at times he seemed to be battling an injury. his belly.

More than once, Nadal remained hunched after the shot and held on to his 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.

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“I don’t know,” Nadal told Reuters when asked if he would fight Kyrgios. “Honestly, I can’t give you a clear answer because if I give you a clear answer and something else happens tomorrow, I’ll be a liar.”

After the match, Nadal admitted that he was thinking about withdrawing from the quarter-final match.

“I just wanted to give myself a chance,” he added. [It’s] it’s not easy to leave the tournament, [it’s] not easy to leave Wimbledon, even if the pain was intense. I dont know. I wanted to finish. I fought. [I’m] I am proud of the fighting spirit and how I managed to be competitive in such conditions.

“I used to hold back pain and play with problems. Knowing that when I feel something similar to what I felt, it is because something is not going right. [my] stomach.

“But let’s see. I had these feelings for several days. Without a doubt, today was the worst day, there was a significant increase in pain and restrictions.

Nadal broke the pain barrier to win his 14th French Open title earlier this year, receiving injections in his leg before every match. In a post-match press conference at Roland Garros, Nadal said his 21-year career has made him endure pain “every single day.”

The 22-time Grand Slam champion had doubts about injury coming to Wimbledon after being treated for a foot injury that plagued him during the French Open, but he has now reached the All England semi-finals for the eighth time in his career.