The opponents, of course. The chronic foot problems, also known for a long time. In Wimbledon, tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has to deal with another problem. As the 36-year-old revealed after his five-set win in the quarterfinals against the American Taylor Fritz, pain in the abdominal muscles has been bothering him “for a few days” at the All England Club. Only that they were recognizable for every viewer on Wednesday.
“That was nothing new today,” said Nadal after the marathon match over 4:21 hours: “But undoubtedly today was the worst day. There was a significant increase in pain and limitations.” But he was “used to be in pain”.
On Thursday, his day off before the semifinals against the great provocateur Nick Kyrgios, he will “do some more tests”. That’s why it’s “difficult to say” whether he can even compete against the Australian in a duel. But, emphasized Nadal: “In the end, the player always decides.”
And this player, despite all his physical limitations, sees himself as playing at an absolute high. “If we leave the problems aside: the level of tennis, the feeling for the ball, that’s really great,” said the Mallorcan, who can still reach the calendar Grand Slam after his triumphs at the Australian Open and French Open.