It’s only the second time the London Slam has found itself bereft of one of its last matches, the first in the Open Era. Then it was the final who jumped
For the first time since 1931, Wimbledon will not be one of the final three matches of the tournament. Nearly a century ago, this was the final match, which Sidney Wood won after Frances Shields (grandfather of the actress and former wife of Andre Agassi, Brooke Shields) withdrew, and this time it is the semi-finals of the tournament. The bottom of the board is between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios. A abdominal tear sustained by Rafa (7 mm) forced him to leave the tournament on the eve of the semi-finals.
Rafa retired in his career, without playing the field, 7 times: against Irakli Labazzi in Estoril 2004, against Andy Murray in the semi-finals in Miami in 2012 against Marcel Granollers in the third round of Roland Garros 2016, against Filip Krajinovic in the quarter-finals. From Paris – Percy 2017, against Roger Federer in the semi-finals at Indian Wells 2019, against Denis Shapovalov in the semi-finals at Percy 2019 and now against Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals at Wimbledon. But when the match started, Rafa did not finish the match 9 times: against Dominic Herbati in Auckland 2005 (6-3), against Lleyton Hewitt in Queens 2006 (3-6, 6-3), against Chris Guccione in Sydney 2007 (6-5). vs Juan Monaco at Cincinnati 2007 (7-6 4-1), against Nikolai Davydenko at Percy 2008 (6-1), vs Andy Murray in the 2010 Australian Open quarter-finals (6-3 7-6 3-0) against Damir Dzumhur in Miami 2016 (2-6 6-4 3-0), against Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals of the 2018 Australian Open (3-6 6-3 6-7 6-2 2-0) and against Juan Martin del Potro in the 2018 US Open semi-finals (7-6, 6-2).
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