LONDON: Rafael Nadal’s hopes of completing a rare calendar year Grand Slam ended on Thursday when the Spaniard pulled out of his highly anticipated Wimbledon semi-final confrontation with the Australian Nick Kyrgios with abdominal tension.
“I have to withdraw from the tournament because I am suffering from abdominal pain,” said the 36-year-old, a men’s record holder of 22 Grand Slam titles.
“I can’t imagine winning two games with this (pain). For me the most important thing is happiness rather than the title even though everyone knows how much effort I put into it because I can’t risk being out of sport for two to three months.

“I am very sad.”
Nadal had triumphed at the Australian and French Opens this year and was hoping to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to complete the calendar year slam.
Nadal’s withdrawal means Kyrgios becomes the first Australian to reach the men’s final at the All England Club since Marc Philippoussis in 2003.



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