‘It hurts because Rafael Nadal was able to…’, says WTA player

The 22-time Major champion, Rafael Nadal, enjoys a holiday in Formentera with his family and friends. Rafa is taking a couple of days off after his challenging Wimbledon campaign ended with him withdrawing ahead of the semi-final duel with Nick Kyrgios.

Rafa enjoys his favorite activities on his beautiful yacht, including a jet ski ride with a friend on the waves. After two Major titles earlier in the year, Nadal wanted the third in a row in London. His chances were drastically reduced after an abdominal injury prevented him from practicing serving or working on his serve.

The Spaniard did not play well in the first two rounds against Francisco Cerúndolo and Ricardas Berankis, dropping two sets and spending six and a half hours on the court. Rafa showed himself better against Lorenzo Sonego and Botic Van De Zandschulp, defeating them in straight sets and conserving energy for a more challenging task in the quarters.

Coping with a seven-millimeter abdominal tear, Rafa gave 120% of him in a 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 win over Taylor Fritz in four hours and 20 minutes. Nadal reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final after a monumental effort, refusing to bow out and giving his best to finish the match at the very least.

Fritz claimed five straight games in the opening set to overcome a slow start and take the match 6-3. Rafa built the lead in the second set before the youngster rallied to 3-3. Fritz served to stay in the set at 5-6, and Nadal grabbed one last break to secure it and level the overall score.

Muguruza pays tribute to Nadal
Garbine Muguruza has hailed her compatriot Rafael Nadal for playing through the pain barrier and winning matches. “It hurts because he was able to understand what he suffers. He is suffering; he has the ability to endure pain and takes it to the extreme and on top of that, he wins.”

Regarding the ‘Big Three’ of 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.” Rafa took a 4-2 lead in the fourth set, and Taylor returned the break in the eighth game to close the result at 4-4.

The Spaniard forced his opponent’s error in the 11th game to open a 6-5 gap and kept it clean with a forehand winner a few minutes later to force a decider. Both players served well at the start of the fifth set before Rafa converted the fourth break chance with a winner for a 4-3 lead.
Taylor broke again in the next one and took a 5-4 lead with a backhand crosscourt winner, staying a game from the finish line.

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