Wimbledon 2022: Rafael Nadal limps his way to the Semi-finals after ousting Taylor Fritz
Despite his leg injury returning to haunt his Quarter-final, grit and a bit of stubbornness helped Rafael Nadal go through to the Semis.
Rafael Nadal will try to play at Wimbledon after going "a week without limping" thanks to new treatment on his painful left foot, the 22-time Grand Slam champion said Friday. "My intention is to play Wimbledon," Nadal said on his home island of Mallorca.
"If things don't go as I would like, then we will see what will happen. (But) I am happy. I have gone a week without limping." Nadal had said after winning his 14th French Open title almost two weeks ago that he was not sure if he could continue to play with the extreme foot pain. He was only able to finish Roland Garros after numbing his foot with painkilling shots, a method that the Spaniard said he would not like to repeat.
The mild improvement to the chronic condition that has bothered him for years came after Nadal visited a clinic in Barcelona last week to receive radio-frequency treatment to the pained nerves. The 36-year-old Nadal has said that if this latest attempt to make his foot condition more bearable does not work he will consider surgery, a move that he admits could put the continuation of his career in question.
After the leg injury came back to almost end Nadal's quarter-final in the second set, a couple of medical breaks and a gritty mindset helped the Spaniard fight his way through American Taylor Fritz to win the match via a tiebreaker.
While power has been Rafael Nadal's forte throughout his career, after his leg started to hinder his performance, he completely changed his game. From drop shots to reducing the speed on his serves, all these changes came to his side while Fritz was unable to trump an injured Nadal. The match ended 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, with the final set going into a tie-breaker which the Spaniard won 10-4. Nick Kyrgios is set to play Nadal in the semi-final.