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Rafael Nadal backed by two former US Open champions in Wimbledon withdrawal row

Some have claimed Rafael Nadal should have withdrawn from Wimbledon during the match against Taylor Fritz, but two former US Open champions and world number ones say he did the right thing.
Rafael Nadal playing spectacularly Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal has been backed by a pair of former US Open champions over his decision to withdraw from Wimbledon before the semi-final.

Nadal won his quarterfinal against Taylor Fritz with an abdomen injury, with scans later confirming he had sustained a 7mm tear.

He had a medical time-out during the match against Fritz, and many believe he should have withdrawn during the match so Fritz could continue in the tournament, despite the American himself admitting it is not what he wanted.

Such suggestions, though, have been dismissed by former US Open champion and world number one Andy Roddick.

"You can’t lose in the semis and win a slam," Roddick said on Twitter in response to someone claiming Rafael Nadal should have withdrawn to allow Taylor Fritz to advance.

"No, Rafa should’ve tried to win and then hoped that the scans weren’t that bad and that he could recover.

"They weren’t and he can’t. [It's] not his job to protect the other players."

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Roddick was later backed up by another former US Open winner and world number one, Tracy Austin.

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Austin's argument was that there was no way that Nadal could have known how he would be feeling the next day, and so he had to do everything he could to give himself the chance to play the semi-final.

"Couldn’t agree more," she said whilst quote-tweeting Andy Roddick. "When u are in thick of playing, you have no idea how it will feel next day.

"Many times an injury feels better than you thought it would. You get to continue.

"Can you imagine Rafa pulling out mid-match, then felt good enough to play, half way to calendar grand slam? No!"

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