Rafael Nadal to have ab scan before Wimbledon semifinal

Rafael Nadal will have an ab scan before his Wimbledon semifinal clash against Nick Kyrgios

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Rafael Nadal will have an ab scan before his Wimbledon semifinal clash against Nick Kyrgios

Rafael Nadal will have a scan on an abdominal injury before his Wimbledon semifinal against Nick Kyrgios.

Nadal’s ab injury almost forced him to retire from his last-eight match, but he eventually beat Taylor Fritz 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4).

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The Spaniard said he ignored calls from his dad and sister to quit as he struggled with his movement against Fritz.

Nadal had a medical timeout and somehow — even he said he did not know how — came from behind to win in five sets.

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“[Retiring] is something that I hate to do,” the 36-year-old said. “So I just keep trying, and that’s it.”

He also had strapping on his abdomen during his previous match but said the pain had got worse during the quarterfinal.

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“It’s obvious that today is nothing new. I had these feelings for a couple of days. Without a doubt, today was the worst day,” he said.

“[There has] been an important increase of pain and limitation. Tomorrow I am going to have some more tests.”

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Nadal will face Kyrgios, who is playing his first Grand Slam semifinal, on Friday.

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