Rafael Nadal has pulled out of Wimbledon, meaning Nick Kyrgios will advance to Sunday’s final.

Nadal took to the practice courts on Thursday afternoon – later than planned – despite an abdominal injury, with Spanish reports claiming he had suffered a 7mm tear in the muscle.

Double Wimbledon The champion looked ready to retire during his quarter-final win over Taylor Fritz, but recovered to win in five sets after four hours and 20 minutes.

He was dragged on his stomach and at times felt so much pain that his father and sister, watching from the players’ box, gestured for him to leave the match.

The second-seeded player received medical attention during the quarterfinal match.

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Nadal during an interview after winning his quarter-final match against Taylor Fritz

Nadal was asked after the match what his chances were of recovering before facing Kyrgios and he said: “I don’t know. To be honest, I can’t give you a clear answer.’

Announcing his retirement, Nadal said: “I’ve been thinking all day about what decision to make, but I think it doesn’t make sense to leave, even if I try to move on in my career.

“These are very difficult circumstances but obviously if I keep going the injury will get worse and worse.”

The 36-year-old said he was “very sad” to pull out of the iconic tournament.

Nadal called an unscheduled press conference Thursday night to announce his decision.

The Spanish player said: “I can’t imagine myself winning two matches and for the sake of self-respect in a way I don’t want to go out and not be competitive enough.

“A couple of weeks ago I saw my career completely different because of the foot injury.

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“The most important thing is happiness, more than any titles. I can’t risk this match and stay out of competition for two or three months.

“I’m very sad and it’s very difficult.”

He has since confirmed that he will not continue.

Nick Krigios will face the winner of the semi-final between Britain’s Cameron Norrie and defending champion Novak Djokovic.

Wimbledon has never reached the final before.

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