Rafael Nadal went through the pain barrier on Monday evening to beat Juan Martin Del Potro in four sets, something which means that the reigning champion is into the quarter finals at Wimbledon.
However, there was a price to pay for his triumph, with the world number one injuring his ankle after slipping during the first set and there is now some doubt over whether Nadal will be fit enough to play against Mardy Fish on Wednesday.
“It was a very, very difficult match against one of the best players in the world,” Nadal said.
“I don’t know what the problem was, it seemed like it was in the bone of the foot. I will check tomorrow. At first I thought I had to retire. I felt something really strange at the end of the first set, at 6-5. I have to check with the doctor, my physio and the physio of the ATP. I don’t know. Something is bad.”
Nadal is scheduled to meet Andy Murray in the Wimbledon semi-final, with Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic lying in wait in the final. It might now take a monumental effort for the Spaniard to win a third title.