Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon with relative ease, dropping just two sets in his first four matches. In the quarterfinal matchup against Tanner Fritz, however, Nadal became hampered by an abdominal injury and was pushed to the brink before ultimately winning the match in a fifth-set tiebreak. While Nadal was able to finish and win that match, he was not able to continue in the tournament.
The Grand Slam Dream is still alive for Nadal! 👏🔥
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) July 6, 2022
The news did not exactly come as a shock to those who watched Nadal’s pain-stricken performance against Fritz on Wednesday, but many took to Twitter to express their disappointment anyway.
A real shame. It's not Nadal's fault, of course. But I don't like walkovers, not when you get awarded a place in the final because the opponent is injured.
— Joe Krishnan (@joekrishnan) July 7, 2022
Can Fritz play?…. https://t.co/I35VsJZBo8
— Georgie Heath (@GeorgieHeath27) July 7, 2022
Well that stinks.
It’s also amazing Nadal won that quarterfinal match https://t.co/BMhXU6zjgu
— Jace frederick (@JaceFrederick) July 7, 2022
That’s a bummer but not unexpected. Wish Fritz had won so we didn’t have a walkover https://t.co/ONHYYVKXOw
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 7, 2022
Horrible news. Would’ve been appointment viewing TV this match.
— Lukas Weese (@Weesesports) July 7, 2022
Until next time, Rafa 👋
Wishing you a speedy recovery.#Wimbledon
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 7, 2022
Kyrgios when hearing that he's in Wimbledon final pic.twitter.com/N7rhQ6Cj74
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) July 7, 2022
While the withdrawal ends Nadal’s bid at the Grand Slam, it will not impact his ranking in any way as the ATP elected not to award ranking points at Wimbledon this year following the All England Club’s ban on players from Russia and Belarus.