Rafael Nadal speaks on withdraw from Wimbledon out of respect for himself

The Spaniard’ was compelled to retire from the event after suffering an abdominal tear during his five-set win over Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinal.

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Rafael Nadal was forced to withdraw from his Wimbledon semifinal because of the abdominal injury he sustained in the quarterfinal. Australia’s Nick Kyrgios is through to the maiden Grand Slam final of his career.

Nadal had been suffering from pain in his abdominal area from the early stages of the tournament, but the injury was highly aggravated during Wednesday’s quarterfinal against Taylor Fritz. The Spaniard suffered from the injury in the initial stages of the match, and despite that, rallied to win it in five.

“The communication is too late because even like that I was thinking the whole day about the decision to make but I think it don’t make sense to go, even if I tried a lot in my career to keep going. Very tough circumstances in that one I think it’s obvious if I keep going the injury is gonna get worse and worse,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Express.

“I made this decision because I can’t be competitive and win the next two matches. I don’t want to make things worse, but I am very sad.”

“For respect to myself in some way I don’t want to go out there not be competitive enough to play at the level that I need to play to achieve my goal, and big chance to make the things much worse,” he added.