After losing to Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon quarterfinal, Taylor Fritz claimed he didn’t deserve to play in the final. Despite having an abdominal injury during the Wimbledon quarterfinal, Nadal, 36, prevailed over Fritz in a hard-fought five sets.
The next day, Nadal‘s scan results revealed an abdominal injury, forcing him to withdraw from his Wimbledon quarterfinal matchup against Nick Kyrgios. Some people believed that Nadal should have given up against Fritz rather than winning the match and withdrawing from the tournament the following day.
“I ought to have defeated him if I wanted to advance to the semifinal. It’s as simple as that. I shouldn’t be continuing if I didn’t defeat him. I don’t deserve to play in the upcoming game. What is, is what is.
Fritz said, according to Sportskeeda, in a Citi Open Instagram Live, “He has the right to withdraw.”
Fritz on his defeat by Nadal: “It was the hardest loss ever.”
“I wanted it since it was a big match. I knew early on in the competition that it might advance to the quarterfinal, and I vowed to get there. I did, and I played well.
I could have succeeded or failed; I had my opportunities. Naturally, losing stinks,” remarked Fritz. “Compared to previous losses, this one perhaps hurts the most. I felt like sobbing as I sat there after the game because I really wanted to cry.
After a loss, I’ve never felt that way before. Fritz made his first-ever Grand Slam second week appearance earlier this year at the Australian Open. At Wimbledon, Fritz later advanced to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam match.
Although Fritz led by a set and Nadal was obviously hurt, the Spaniard prevailed in a nail-biting five-set match because the American failed to take advantage of the circumstances.