RAFAEL NADAL showed remarkable bravery to power his way into the Wimbledon semi-final by beating Taylor Fritz in five stunning sets.
Though the victory for Spanish legend may have come at a huge cost for the record Grand Slam winner.
Nadal played through the pain barrier to seal the phenomenal win, having to get treatment in a medical time-out for an abdominal injury.
The star even ignored pleas from his family to QUIT the four-hour 21-minute epic on Centre Court.
When asked if it was possible to recover in time for the semis, Nadal replied: “I don’t know. I’m going to have some more tests.
“It is difficult to know. I am used to have things and I am used to having pain and playing with problems.
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“Let’s see. It’s obvious that this is nothing new. I had these feelings for a couple of days.
“Without a doubt, this was the worst day. There has been an important increase of pain and limitation.
“I can’t give you a clear answer because if I gave you a clear answer and then another thing happens, I will be a liar.”
Will Nick Kyrgios get a bye into the final?
If Rafael Nadal is forced out of Friday’s semi-final with injury, Nick Kyrgios will in receive a walkover to advance into the final.
Taylor Fritz will not be reinstated into the tournament, as he is already out.