LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts to a play during his third round match against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg on Day Six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 25, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal Injury: Hairline Fracture Could Mean Six Week Layoff, According To Report

After suffering an injury scare against Juan Martin Del Potro, Rafael Nadal has had an MRI scan come up negative, but reportedly suffered a hairline fracture.

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Rafael Nadal Injury: Hairline Fracture Could Knock Wimbledon Runner-Up Out For Weeks

According to a report, Rafael Nadal injured his left foot during the fourth round of his Wimbledon match against Juan Martin Del Potro last week, suffering a hairline fracture that could sideline him for about six weeks. If the former world No. 1 is out for six weeks, he won't be able to compete in the Canada Masters or Cincinnati Masters tournaments.

Nadal has been dealing with the injury for at least a week now -- though a MRI showed no damage, he still wondered whether he'd be able to play his quarterfinal match against Mardy Fish. After Sunday's loss, he again expressed less than 100 percent confidence in his future health, saying he wouldn't return to the court until he's completely healthy.

Nadal reportedly used an anesthetic to make it through the match's final set.

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Rafael Nadal Injury: MRI Shows No Damage, Top-Seed Will Continue At Wimbledon 2011

After suffering what appeared to be a foot injury in his 2011 Wimbledon Round of 16 match against Juan Martin Del Potro on Monday, an MRI has revealed that world No. 1 tennis player and defending Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal has suffered no damage to his foot and that he will be healthy for his quarterfinal matchup against the last remaining American in the tournament, Mardy Fish.

Though he appeared to have some discomfort in the middle of his match yesterday, which was possibly the root cause of his one lost set, Nadal was able to continue and eventually defeat Del Potro in four sets. Nadal underwent the MRI scan on Tuesday morning and after having it come up negative, he will practice in the afternoon.

If Nadal is healthy, he'll be heavily favored to defeat Fish, his quarterfinal opponent. Nadal has defeated Fish on many occasions, including some easy straight set victories on grass.

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Rafael Nadal Injury Puts Wimbledon Quarterfinals Appearance At Risk

Late in the first set of Rafael Nadal's match against Juan Del Potro, the doctor was called to look at the world No. 1's foot. Nadal thought he might have to retire, but played to a 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory.

Now, the Spaniard is worried that his foot injury might cause him to withdraw from the grass tournament he won last year and in 2008. He will undergo an MRI on Tuesday before possibly meeting with American and world No. 10 Mardy Fish in the quarterfinals.

To hit my forehand was very tough. I felt something really strange when it was at 6-5 in the first set when I called to the trainer. I pushed hard with a forehand and I just felt something crush in the back of the foot. I didn't know what went on. I changed the position of the foot so I was able to continue but with pain.

Nadal also said he felt something crush in the back of his foot. 

The World No. 1 has a small history of Wimbledon injuries. He was unable to defend his 2008 title during the 2009 tournament from a knee injury.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more results from Wimbledon 2011. Get live scores at the tournament's official website, and watch matches online for free on ESPN3.

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