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Rafael Nadal to 'try to play' Wimbledon semi-final following scan on injured abdomen

The results of Rafael Nadal's scan on his abdomen are in, and it looks like he is going to attempt to play on at Wimbledon.
Rafael Nadal Wimbledon scan results

Rafael Nadal has suffered a 7mm tear in his abdomen, but that will not keep him out of the Wimbledon semi-final.

Nadal has been playing with strapping on this abdomen since the tournament started, although he has been reluctant to discuss it with the press.

For the most part he has appeared unhampered, but he seemed to aggravate the injury against Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinal.

Following that match he said he would not make a decision about whether to continue in the tournament until he had a scan done. That scan has shown it to be manageable, and Marca report he will play the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios as originally planned.

It is not the first time that Nadal has played with such an injury. In fact, he had an abdomen tear around three times as large at the 2009 when he lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals.

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Speaking after his quarterfinal, Rafael Nadal said he was not hopeful there would be any real treatment available to him, and it would more be a case of managing the pain.

“They can’t do much, honestly, no," he said. "Doctor came, give me some anti-inflammatories. Well, anti-inflammatories and analgesic, and that’s it,” he said.

“The physio just tried to relax a little bit the muscle there. But it’s difficult. Nothing can be fixed when you have a thing like this.

“I just wanted to give myself a chance. [It's] not easy to leave the tournament. Not easy to leave Wimbledon, even if the pain was hard.”

It is a situation eerily similar to the one Novak Djokovic faced at the 2021 Australian Open, when he suffered a tear in his abdomen against Taylor Fritz. The Serbian went on to win that tournament.

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