French Open: Zverev gives up injured against Nadal – threatens long break

French Open: Zverev gives up injured against Nadal – threatens long break
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Status: 04.06.2022 5:48 p.m

Olympic champion Alexander Zverev dramatically missed the final at the French Open. The Hamburger had to give up injured in the semifinals against Rafael Nadal on Friday. Several ligaments in the foot are torn.

Zverev screamed in pain after twisting his right foot in a very painful manner. With a score of 6:7 (8:10), 6:6 and more than three hours of play, everything was still possible for the North German against the Spanish old master on his 36th birthday. But he could no longer perform and was then driven off the field in a wheelchair. A little later, Zverev came back to Center Court, accompanied by Nadal on crutches, hugged Nadal and gave up the game. The fans said goodbye to him with loud applause.

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Zverev is apparently assuming a longer break. “After the first medical examinations, it looks like I tore several lateral ligaments in my right foot,” he said on Instagram on Saturday: “I will fly to Germany on Monday to undergo further examinations and the best ones and determine the quickest route for my recovery.”

“It’s very difficult and very sad for him. He played an incredible tournament,” said Nadal. “I’m sure he won’t just win a Grand Slam tournament. I wish him the best.” Seeing Zverev cry is a very difficult moment, emphasized Nadal.

Zverev continues to wait, Nadal reaches for 14 titles

The best German tennis player, who reached the semi-finals in Paris last year, is still waiting for his first victory in a Grand Slam tournament. Zverev was once in the final of one of the major tournaments. That was at the 2020 US Open, where he narrowly missed out on the title.

The 36-year-old record winner Nadal, on the other hand, is now aiming for his 14th title in Roland Garros. In the final on Sunday (3 p.m.) he meets the Norwegian Casper Ruud as a favorite – and could further expand his record of 21 triumphs in Grand Slam tournaments.

Jump to second place in the world rankings for sure

As soon as he reached the semifinals, it was clear that Zverev would definitely be number two in the tennis world in two weeks. He’s never been that good in his career. If the chosen Monegasse had won the classic sand court in the French capital, he would have climbed to first place in the ranking – as the first German since Boris Becker in 1991.

Duel with Nadal very intense

The duel with Nadal could hardly have been more competitive. Zverev seamlessly continued his strong performance in the quarter-finals against Spanish shooting star Carlos Alcaraz. The native of Hamburg took the first service game from the Spanish old master, who had been playing with foot problems for weeks. But he managed to equalize to 4: 4 – also because Zverev made mistakes again and again. He then fended off three set balls, but didn’t use four set balls even in the tie-break – and so the first section went to the Mallorcan.

In the second round it was even more back and forth. With the 3: 2, Zverev was the first to get his own service game through – and followed by another break. But Nadal reported back again and it went into the tie-break. Everything pointed to a long evening before Zverev’s injury abruptly ended this hot-blooded duel. Eventually, he left the facility with a splint on his ankle. A diagnosis was still pending in the evening. However, his start in Wimbledon (from June 27) appears to be in acute danger.

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