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Rafael Nadal retires from Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from his Wimbledon semifinal clash against Nick Kyrgios after suffering an abdominal injury in his quarterfinal clash against Taylor Fritz on Wednesday.

The 36-year old Spanish great was treated during his game on Wednesday but pushed through the pain to defeat Fritz in five sets.

Nadal's withdrawal means that Kyrgios will play Novak Djokovic or Cameron Norrie in Sunday's final.

Nadal confirmed he has a tear in his abdominal muscle which means he would not be able to be competitive over two matches.

"I have tried a lot of times in my career to keep going but it is obvious the injury will get worse," he said.

"Throughout the whole day I have been thinking about the decision to make," Nadal told reporters.

"I think it doesn't make sense to play. I feel very sad to say that."

The two-time Wimbledon champion had been on course for a calendar Grand Slam, having won the Australian and French Opens already this year.

"I can't imagine myself winning two matches and for respect to myself in some way I don't want to go out and not be competitive enough," Nadal said.

"A couple of weeks ago I saw my career very different because of the foot injury."

"The most important thing is happiness more than any titles. I can't risk that match and stay two or three months out of the competition."

"I am very sad and it is a very tough one."

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