Rafael Nadal recovers from the brink to beat Taylor Fritz in a five-set thriller on Centre Court, setting up a semi-final with Nick Kyrgios.
“I honestly enjoy a lot playing these kind of matches in front of you guys. I can’t thank you enough for the support. It’s been a tough afternoon against a great player. Credit to Taylor that he has been doing great all season. Personally for me it was not an easy match at all so it is great to be in the semifinals.
On his injury issues: “The body in general is fine, but in the abdominal something is not going well, being honest. I had to find a way to serve a little bit different. For a lot of moments I was thinking I would not be able to finish the match but the crowd, the energy, thanks for that.”
On 2008 final: “It happened a long time ago but it is impossible to remember that final with Roger and all the most special moments we shared around the world, and on this court we played special matches in our careers. Hard to imagine after that final in 2008 that in 2022 I would be here playing at Wimbledon.”
On Kyrgios: “I hope to be ready to play it. Then Nick is a great player on all the surfaces but especially on grass. He’s having a great grass court season. I need to be at 100 percent to keep having chances.”