LAlexander Zverev’s course at Roland-Garros ends with a cry of pain and tears. The German tennis player was forced to miss this Friday in the semifinals of the tournament. His opponent of the day, Rafael Nadal, wins a ticket to the final, his 14e on Parisian clay. He will face Casper Ruud on Sunday (8e) or Marin Cilic (23e).
Alexander Zverev withdrew with the score 7-6 (10/8), 6-6 after a confrontation that lasted more than three hours. He forcibly twisted his right ankle after the final blow and was evacuated to a wheelchair, before returning on crutches to formalize his abandonment.
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Alexander Zverev, victim of a bad turn in the ankle at the end of the second set, is forced to leave the field and it seems he can not resume the match against Rafael Nadal …#RGsurPrime #Roland Garros pic.twitter.com/6jNjQ7X4s1
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“It is very difficult, I am very sad for him,” Nadal reacted. “He was playing an extraordinary tournament, I know how much he fights to win a Grand Slam. He was really unlucky, but I am sure that in the future he will win and not one, but many others. »
“Of course to be in the Roland Garros final again is a dream, but at the same time to end up like that, to see him crying in the locker room, is a very difficult moment,” he said. adds. Qualifying for the final on his 36th birthday, “Rafa” thus becomes the second oldest Roland-Garros finalist in history, after American Bill Tilden, 37, in 1930.
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Three hours of intense matches before injury
Before Zverev’s injury, the two players were playing a marathon match: after just over three hours of play, they had not yet completed the second set. Each of the two sets extended the time of a football match. Mallorcan’s left-back scored first in a very tough fight, as they faced four sets of points in a row in the decisive match (from 6-2 to 6-6).
The 25-year-old German had the best start to the match breaking from the start and going 4-2. But Nadal won, then got three points in the first set in 5 games with 4. In vain. The Spaniard finished finishing in his sixth tie-break opportunity. In the equally contested second set, almost every service game resulted in a break, and Zverev failed to finish when he served 5 games with 3 to equalize in an entire set.
“It was a super difficult match, we played for 3 hours and we did not even finish the second set,” said Nadal. “It’s one of the biggest challenges in the county today to face him when he plays at that level. »