‘Rafael Nadal has the ability to endure pain’, says WTA star

Rafael Nadal got a 7mm rip in the stomach during the Wimbledon quarter-finals last week. The Spanish phenomenon managed to beat Taylor Fritz in five sets, but had to give up on the threshold of the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios. His dream of achieving the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ has therefore disappeared when Rafa had won the first two majors in 2022.

As if that were not enough, Novak Djokovic has impressed himself for the seventh time in London and has shortened the gap that separates him from Nadal in the all-time position. Aside from unlikely twists, the Serb will not be able to travel to the United States to compete in the US Open, so the Mallorcan will have a great chance to stretch further.

The 36-year-old Iberian should arrive in time for the Masters 1000 in Canada, which will be important in refining his preparations for the season’s final Grand Slam. During a recent interview with MARCA, Garbine Muguruza praised her compatriot Rafa Nadal for not giving up in difficult times.

Muguruza opens up for Rafa Nadal

“It hurts because Rafael Nadal was able to understand what he was suffering from. He is suffering; he has the ability to endure pain and takes it to the extreme, and on top of that, he wins.”

Regarding ‘Big Three’ by Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, Muguruza said: “Among the men, there are three aliens and the others are very good, but there is a big difference.” Rafael Nadal suffered a stomach injury while competing against American tennis ace Taylor Fritz.

Although he came out of the victory, his injury brought an abrupt end to his journey at this year’s Wimbledon. Therefore, Djokovic, who went through something similar during his Australian Open campaign in 2021, shared his thoughts.

While speaking to the press before his last-round showdown with Australian Nick Kyrgios, Djokovic spoke of Nadal’s injury and subsequent withdrawal. He said: “Injuries are every athlete’s worst enemy. I give Nadal a lot of credit for the way he fought and won that quarterfinal match with that injury.

He is the one who knows his body best, so the decision to continue or not was always up to him. It is very sad that a tournament as big as Wimbledon did not have another semi-final. But that’s what it is, “he added.

The Serb suffered a stomach injury while playing against the same opponent, that is, Indian Wells reigning champion Taylor Fritz in the third round of last year’s Australian Open.

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