Djokovic’s win comes after Rafael Nadal announced he was dropping out of the Wimbledon semifinals Friday. The Serbian tennis pro, 35, proved victorious at Sunday’s Wimbledon men’s singles final, taking home the coveted Wimbledon Cup after prevailing 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) over Nick Kyrgios.
Rafael Nadal Withdraws from Wimbledon Semifinals After Suffering an Abdominal Injury, I have a tear in the muscle in the abdominal.
Rafael Nadal announced that he is withdrawing from Wimbledon due to an abdominal injury. On Thursday, the 36-year-old athlete said he would not play Nick Kyrgios in the semifinals on Friday after struggling with an abdominal tear.
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Unfortunately, as you can imagine, if I am here, it’s because I have to pull out from the tournament, the Spanish tennis player said at a press conference. I have a tear in the muscle in the abdominal … It’s obvious that if I keep going, the injury [is] gonna be worse and worse.
Prince George made his debut at the annual event, showing up with Kate Middleton and Prince William to watch Djokovic and Kyrgios. Kyrgios — a 27-year-old player from Canberra, Australia — told reporters after the defeat: It’s been an amazing couple of weeks for me.
The match didn’t come without drama however; at one point Kyrgios complained about distractions from spectators. She’s drunk out of her mind in the first row, talking to me in the middle of the game, Kyrgios told the umpire. The one with the dress, the one who looks like she’s had about 700 drinks.
Djokovic’s win comes after Rafael Nadal announced he was dropping out of the Wimbledon semifinals Friday because he suffered an abdominal tear. His withdrawal allowed his opponent Kyrgios to get a bye into the final.
Unfortunately, as you can imagine, if I am here, it’s because I have to pull out from the tournament. I have a tear in the muscle in the abdominal … It’s obvious that if I keep going, the injury [is] gonna be worse and worse, Nadal, 36, said during a press conference. I made my decision because I believe I can’t win two matches under these circumstances, he added. I can’t do my normal movement to serve. Kyrgios paid tribute to Nadal in an Instagram post, wishing him a speedy recovery.
Djokovic previously triumphed over Cameron Norrie in their semifinal match on Friday with a score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. The Serbian pro, who is currently ranked No. 3 in the world, won last year’s Wimbledon men’s singles final after beating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. The victory earned Djokovic his 20th Grand Slam title.
Despite the injury, Nadal practiced for around 45 minutes on Thursday, according to ESPN. His serves appeared to be a vastly reduced speed, according to the outlet. Nadal powered through the injury for an epic victory against Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, winning the back-and-forth contest 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6. However, he wore tape over his abdomen and had to get additional treatment during the five-set match.
Nadal was attempting to secure a third win at Wimbledon and a record-setting 23rd Grand Slam title. And as the winner of this year’s Australian and French Opens, he also had the chance to become the 2022 Grand Slam champion with titles at Wimbledon and at the U.S. Open in September. For the championship match on Sunday, Kyrgios is now expected to face either top-seeded Novak Djokovic.