Rafael Nadal suffered a ‘seven millimeter’ tear (just over a quarter of an inch) in one of his abdominal muscles but still wants to play in his semi-final match with Nick Kyrgios on Friday, he said. Spanish sports newspaper Marca.
Nadal trained for 44 minutes on Thursday with coach Marc Lopez with “the cross serve,” as Marca put it.
He sustained the injury during the second set of his five-set quarter-final win over American Taylor Fritz on Wednesday. Nadal needed a medical respite to stop the match and was given anti-inflammatories. His father is Sebastian Nadal He even indicated that his son will retire From the match that followed the injury.
But Nadal did not listen. He fought through obvious pain and forced the pivotal fifth set after losing the third and fourth sets to Fritz. Nadal won the fifth set tie-breaker to advance to the semi-finals with Kyrgios 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. 5-7, 6-7 (4) victory.
Immediately after the match, Nadal admitted he was not sure if he would be healthy enough to play on Friday. He said he would undergo “more tests” after already experiencing pain last week. At one point, Nadal said he didn’t know if he could finish the match and had to find a different way to serve the ball.
“For a few moments I was thinking maybe I won’t be able to finish the match,” Nadal said on Wednesday.
Nadal and Kygreos face off at 8:30 a.m. ET on Friday morning.