(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 6, 2022 Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after missing a shot against US player Taylor Fritz during their men's singles quarter final tennis match on the tenth day of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London. - Rafael Nadal will withdraw from Wimbledon after failing to recover from an abdominal injury, British media reported on July 7, 2022. The Spaniard has called a news conference at 7:20 pm (1820 GMT), where he is expected to confirm his withdrawal. Scheduled semi-final opponent Nick Kyrgios will receive a walkover into Sunday's final. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

The 22-time Grand Slam tournament winner Rafael Nadal will not appear in his semi-final against Australian Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon on Friday because of an injury. The 36-year-old tennis professional announced this decision at a press conference on Thursday evening.

“I have a tear in my abdominal muscle,” said the Spaniard. “I’ve been thinking about my decision all day, but it makes no sense to compete.” He feels “very sad”. He couldn’t risk too much and “take a break for two or three months”.

The 36-year-old Spaniard had already been treated for the injury and received anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers in his five-set win in the quarterfinals against American Taylor Fritz. With the withdrawal, the chance of a dream final against defending champion Novak Djokovic and the first Grand Slam in men’s tennis in 53 years is over.