Rafa Nadal next match | Who and when does Nadal play next?

Jamie Shaw in ATP Tour 08 Jul 2022
Nadal opened with a win against Cerundolo (Matthieu Mirville / DPPI)

An abdominal issue has forced Rafa Nadal to withdraw from the 2022 Wimbledon competition at the semi final stage.

Nadal etched his name into the tennis record books by securing a 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open earlier this year to overtake rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at the top of the all-time list.

The 36-year-old, who had been out of action since ending his season early last August due to a foot injury, rolled back the years to pull off a stunning success Down Under.

Following wins over Karen Khachanov, Denis Shapovalov, and Matteo Berrettini, Nadal incredibly battled back from two sets down to defeat Daniil Medvedev in a pulsating five-set final.

In doing so, the Spaniard also became only the second man in the Open Era, after Djokovic, to complete the double career Grand Slam.

He followed that up by winning the Mexican Open and reaching the final at Indian Wells – where he was denied by Taylor Fritz.

Having withdrawn from the next three tournaments, Nadal suffered a Madrid Open Quarter-Final defeat to emerging compatriot Carlos Alcaraz – who went on to lift the title on home soil.

A Third Round loss followed at the Italian Open, but Nadal returned to Roland Garros in fine fettle and extended his incredible dominance of the clay court major – defeating Casper Ruud in the final to make it 22 Grand Slams and become the oldest singles champion in the history of the event.

Nadal has now claimed a staggering 14 French Open titles, with his first coming back in 2005, and has won five of the last six stagings.

He has claimed back-to-back major titles for the first time since 2010 and now has the opportunity to challenge for a first seasonal Grand Slam, with Wimbledon and the US Open still to come.

Despite concerns over his foot injury, Nadal is competing for a third Wimbledon title and began by seeing off Francisco Cerúndolo and Ricardas Berankis, both in four sets.

He then brushed aside number 21 seed Botic Van De Zandschulp in straight sets to coast into his eighth Wimbledon Quarter-Final.

Nadal came up against in-form American Taylor Fritz – who was yet to drop a set in this year’s tournament – and looked to be struggling with an abdominal injury during the early stages of the contest.

Nevertheless, he twice recovered from a set behind to win an epic fifth set tie break and remain on course for glory, setting up a mouth-watering Semi-Final show-down with Nick Kyrgios which was sadly cancelled when Nadal was forced to withdraw.

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