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WIMBLEDON – Hit in the abs, Nadal pulls out to beat Fritz and join Kyrgios in the semis

Between Rafael Nadal and Taylor Fritz, it’s definitely a story of “drama”, a story of injuries! Remember: last March, in the Indian Wells final, the American had inflicted his very first defeat of the year on a Rafael Nadal who had just torn an intercostal muscle to beat his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz in half. The Spaniard had been released for an absence of a month and a half. This Wednesday, in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, he believed that the nightmare was going to happen again since he injured his abdominals from the start of the match, to the point of seeming on the verge of abandonment in the middle of the 2nd set. .

Except that Rafa, with the help of a life-saving medical intervention, with the help also of a very conciliatory adversary unable to finish him, did with the means at hand to stay alive, we don’t know how everything. throughout the match to finally crucify his opponent at the end of the super tie-break of the 5th set, winning in five sets (3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6) in 4h21 . The Spaniard thus finds himself almost miraculously in the semi-finals of Wimbledon as in his last two appearances, in 2018 and 2019 (beaten then by Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer). There he will find his “old enemy” Nick Kyrgios and quite frankly, he will have to prepare the popcorn.

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