Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals of Wimbledon after winning the fifth set tiebreaker against Taylor Fritz of the United States.
Nadal defeated the 11th-ranked American 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-4) on center court.
The victory keeps Nadal’s calendar year Grand Slam chances alive. The 36-year-old Spaniard will play Nick Kyrgios on Sunday for a place in the final.
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The 22-time Grand Slam champion was off the court with a coach for a medical timeout in the second set but came back and played.
Second-seeded Nadal improved to 8-0 in the semi-finals at the All England Club.
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Rafael Nadal said he was not sure he would be healthy enough to play Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon semifinals.
In the second set of a five-set victory over Taylor Fritz, Nadal had a stomach ache and needed medical time.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion said he would have “some more tests” on Thursday. He said he has been in pain for almost a week and it intensified during the match.
Asked at his post-match press conference about his chances of playing against Kyrgios on Friday, Nadal replied: “I don’t know. Honestly, I can’t give you a clear answer. “
The two-time Wimbledon champion defeated Fritz 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-4) on center court.
Nadal was given anti-inflammatory drugs during his medical expiration. He said the trainer “just tried to relax the muscles a little bit. But it is difficult. When you have something like that, nothing can be determined. That’s all. “
The Spaniard struggled to win his 14th French Open in June.
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