Why has Rafael Nadal pulled out of Wimbledon?

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Rafael Nadal has pulled out of Wimbledon with an injury while Cameron Norrie and Novak Djokivic prepare for their semi-finals.

Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal was due to take his place in a potentially explosive Wimbledon semi-final lineup on Friday afternoon.

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Despite suffering a series of injuries over the last six months and struggling with a degenerative foot condition, Nadal displayed all the qualities that have made him one of the greatest players of all time.

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However, the 22-time Grand Slam winner’s attempt to claim a third Wimbledon title was ended by a new injury.

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How did Nadal reach the semifinals?

After apparently surviving a series of injuries, Nadal has fought his way into the bottom four of this year’s tournament.

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Four-set wins against Francisco Cerundolo and Ricardas Bernakis were followed by straight-set wins over 27th seeded Lorenzo Sonego and 21st seeded Botic van de Zandschulp.

Nadal showed his stamina and skill to endure a challenging quarterfinal match against Taylor Fritz as he battled for a 3-6 7-5 3-6 7-5 7-6 win over the American.

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That sent Nadal into his eighth Wimbledon semi-final and he was due to face Nick Kyrgios on Friday.

Why did Nadal decide to withdraw from his semi-final against Kyrgios?

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It’s safe to say the Spaniard has had a remarkable year despite battling a degenerative condition that is affecting the bones in his feet.

Nadal won the Australian Open by beating world no achieve, disabled.

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Another Grand Slam title was secured with a set win over Casper Ruud in the French Open final last month, although Nadal required injections to numb the pain in his left foot.

However, it is a stomach injury that has put an end to his bid for the first Wimbledon title since 2010.

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What did Nadal say about his retirement?

Nadal gave an emotional press conference in which he confirmed that the abdominal injury had ended his attempts to win another Wimbledon title.

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Rafael Nadal speaks to the press after confirming his Wimbledon withdrawal.

He told national and international media on Thursday: “I’ve tried many times in my career to continue, but it’s obvious the injury is going to get worse.

“I spent the whole day thinking about my decision. I think there is no point in playing. I am very sad to say this.

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“I can’t see myself winning two games and out of respect for myself I don’t want to go out and not be competitive enough.

“A few weeks ago I saw my career very differently because of the foot injury.

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“The most important thing is luck more than any title. I can’t risk this game and be out of the competition for two or three months.

“I’m very sad and it’s a very tough question.”

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What did Kyrgios say and will he go straight to the final?

Reacting to the news of Nadal’s withdrawal, Kyrgios wrote on Instagram: “Verified different players, different personalities. @rafaelnadal I hope your recovery is going well and we all hope to see you well soon. Until next time…”

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The Australian has been confirmed to have a bye to the next round, meaning he will play in Sunday’s final without having to face a Final Four clash.

Who could Kyrgios play against in the men’s final now?

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It won’t be how the Aussie star wanted to reach the Wimbledon final, but it’s now confirmed he will compete in Sunday’s showpiece.

It’s new territory for the 27-year-old as he makes his first ever appearance in a Grand Slam singles final.

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His only Slam final to date came in men’s doubles at the Australian Open earlier this year, when he teamed with compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis in a 7-5, 6-4 win over fellow Australians Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell.

Kyrgios’ best Wimbledon performance to date came when he reached the quarter-finals in 2014 before suffering a 7-6, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 loss to Canada’s Milos Raonic.

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World number three Novak Djokovic or Briton Cameron Norrie will be his opponents in the final.

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