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Wimbledon 2011: Rafael Nadal not seriously injured, will play in quarterfinals


Rafael Nadal is clearly pained by his left foot. (GLYN KIRK / AFP / GETTY IMAGES)

“During the match I thought I had something serious but as the match went through the pain got better and thankfully the tests don’t show an injury,” Nadal said in a statement. “Today I will practice at 4:30 p.m. and I’ll play tomorrow.”

Nadal, who will play Mardy Fish of the U.S. next, hurt his foot in the first set Monday and twice received medical attention on the court but won, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4. an MRI at a London hospital revealed no damage.

Nadal, the French Open champion and a two-time Wimbledon champion pursuing his 10th major title, said he felt something “crush” in his left foot and considered retiring from the match.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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