Rafa Nadal: “It is true that my father asked me to leave him but it is not easy to withdraw from a few rooms at Wimbledon”

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The Spaniard, who recognizes his abdominal problem, changed the service mechanics to make it less aggressive

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Rafael Nadal was jubilant in the center court of the All England Club to return to the Wimbledon semifinals for the eighth time . The Spaniard overcame his rival and an abdominal problem that has haunted him since the start of the tournament.

Nadal’s press conference after beating Fritz

Game. “I don’t know how I’ve won. I really enjoy playing these games in front of this crowd. It’s been a tough afternoon against a great player and all credit to Taylor, who’s been playing well all year. It wasn’t an easy game at all and I’m happy to be in the semifinals....

Physical problems. “The body is fine, but there is something wrong with the abdominals. From 3-1 in the first set, every time I served I was whipped down there. I thought that I would not be able to finish the match. It is true that Both my father and sister kept asking me to quit. But the energy of the court has helped me so thank you for that. It’s not easy to walk away from a Wimbledon quarters.”

Options to be in the semifinals. “I don’t know, I need the correct information, which the tests will give me, and I need to listen to the people who know. If I had decided, I wouldn’t do a show here, I’m here because I don’t have a decision. It’s a player’s decision but also of the team. At a body level I have little rest when it’s not one thing, it’s another. I’m worried because I know the pain I’ve had and what I’ve been through”.

It is 14 years since the 2008 final with Federer. “I did not imagine that he would be here playing in 2022.”

Nick Kyrgios, next rival. “I hope to be ready to play with Nick. He is a great player on all surfaces but especially on grass and I need to be 100 per cent to have a chance.”