Rafael Nadal accused of LYING about Wimbledon injury by tennis rival Fabio Fognini after heroic win over Taylor Fritz

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ITALIAN tennis star Fabio Fognini has suggested Rafael Nadal WASN’T injured in yesterday’s epic Wimbledon quarter-final against Taylor Fritz.

Nadal battled past the American in a fifth set tiebreak but was urged by his family to retire after calling for the trainer in the second set.

Rafael Nadal overcame a medical timeout to book a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals

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Rafael Nadal overcame a medical timeout to book a place in the Wimbledon semi-finalsCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
Fabio Fognini has suggested Nadal WASN'T injured

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Fabio Fognini has suggested Nadal WASN’T injuredCredit: AFP

The Spaniard, 36, struggled with an abdominal issue that has been strapped in recent matches and “doesn’t know” if he will be fit to play again on Friday.

Nadal eventually overcame Fritz 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-4) in a match that lasted four hours and 21 pulsating minutes

The 22-time Grand Slam winner was then praised after the match for overcoming injury to set up a semi-final meeting with Nick Kyrgios.

But Fognini, 35, wasn’t convinced and the former world No9 slammed Nadal on his Instagram story.

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Responding to a headline after the match, Fognini underlined part that said Nadal had come back from an injury and wrote: “For sure. Guys stop believe in what you read PLEASE!!!.”

Despite Fognini’s apparent accusations, Nadal sported brown strapping on the right side of his belly to try and help ease his injury.

He went off for a medical timeout in the second set and revealed he is unsure whether he will recover in time to face Kyrgios – who will receive a walkover to the final if Nadal pulls out.

When asked after the five set thriller if it was possible in time to face the Australian, Nadal said: “I don’t know. I’m going to have some more tests.

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“It is difficult to know. I am used to have things and I am used to having pain and playing with problems.

“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.”

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