In what is quickly becoming an impressive comeback for the sixth-seeded Spaniard, Nadal has bested Canadian Denis Shapovalov and moves on to play in the semi-finals. He is now closer to likely winning his 21st Grand Slam title.
The match lasted four hours and the 22-year-old player gave Nadal his all, pushing both of them into a desperate fifth set with Nadal finally winning by a narrow margin.
After a 2021 foot injury that could have very well ended his career, Nadal is setting up an impressive comeback that may see him win his 21st Grand Slam title and break the three-way tie he has with Roger Federer and controversial player, Novak Djokovic.
In an interview early this year, he said that he still had concerns of the foot injury flaring up. “Of course, I still today have doubts because the foot is an injury we cannot fix. So we need to find a way that the pain is under control to keep playing, he said.
Shapovalov who gave Nadal a run for his money did not have an easy time in the match. At some point, he was frustrated at the umpire saying, “He’s not ready to play. Are you kidding me? You guys are all corrupt, you guys are all corrupt.
He made his frustration known after Nadal was not ready to begin the serve on Shapovalovs set. He then asked umpire Carlos Bernardes to, Code him in reference to Nadal.
After four hours and 8 minutes, Nadal was triumphant and Shapovalov threw down his racquet in disgust.
Post-match, Nadal joked, I am not 21 anymore. He also spoke of the stomach issues he had during the match. I started to feel not very well in my stomach so I just asked if they could do something. They just checked everything was alright and then I took some tablets to try to improve the situation.
It was lucky that I was serving great in the fifth.
He also, added The real truth is that two months ago we didnt know if we will be able to be back on tour at all. Its just a present of life that I am here playing tennis again.