Rafael Nadal defeated USA’s Taylor Fritz with difficulty on Wednesday, despite playing through an abdominal injury to reach the semifinals.
Nadal was close to quitting in the middle of the match on Centre Court due to a physical illness, but he overcame Fritz in four hours and twenty minutes.
According to Marca, Nadal has a seven-millimeter tear in one of his abdominal muscles and hopes to participate in the semifinals. Thursday morning he underwent the necessary medical examinations, according to the article.
Last night, though, Nadal was uncertain as to if he would qualify for the semifinals.
Nadal took a medical stop during his quarterfinal match against the eleventh-seeded Fritz to receive treatment on the knee and stated he had to change his game to continue playing.
However, Nadal showed up for practice at Wimbledon on Thursday, a day after the 22-time Grand Slam champion overcame an abdominal ailment to defeat Taylor Fritz in a riveting quarterfinal.
Due to the injury concerns, Nadal will undergo more scans on Thursday before deciding whether to continue competing in the grasscourt major.
Not for the first time that Nadal has sustained abdominal injuries. He played with the same ailment in the 2009 US Open semifinals against Juan Martin del Potro. Astonishingly, he southpaw did not quit from that match either, as the Argentine defeated Nadal in straight sets with the Spaniard winning only six games.