He was thinking of retiring from his position Quarter-final match against California Taylor Fritz On Wednesday, he said his father and sister signaled to him from the audience during the second set that he should stop. When he won that epic 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-4), he added to his legend that has accumulated in recent years: his ability to play tennis through injury. .
After that match, he said he will have tests on Thursday, that he is concerned about his ability to play Kyrgios in his first Grand Slam semi-final, and that he sees little prospect of treatment. He said he left court sometime Wednesday to receive anti-inflammatories and painkillers. He was still able to raise his profile to where Fritz saw his ability to move pretty much at her usual height – better than any other player – and to where Fritz said, “I was ripping the ball up in corners, and he was running and ripping them back for the winners, so… “
Nadal won this year’s French Open despite a foot injury that required major treatment and left him at times unconvinced he could finish the tournament.
A hint of his thinking in such a situation may have surfaced at the 2021 Australian Open, when he recalled an occasion from a long career that began in 2003.
“It depends on what kind of injury you had,” he said at the time. “You have something broken, I think you are straining or your stomach – for example, you have done that in the past, and you make mistakes because it is impossible to know exactly what is going on during the competition. For example, I remember at the 2009 US Open that I started the US Open United Open with fatigue, I think, here in the belly. I started with six millimeters or so of stress and finished the championship, losing in the semi-final against (Juan Martin) del Potro and finished the championship with 26mm. Of course it wasn’t a smart decision.”
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