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Alex Zverev injury pushes Rafael Nadal into French Open

Alex Zverev injury pushes Rafael Nadal into French Open

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Rafael Nadal advanced once again to the Roland Garros final, although he did not do it in the way he would have wanted, due to the withdrawal due to injury of his rival, the German Alex Zverev.

"Alex Zverev injury pushes Rafael Nadal into French Open"
Alex Zverev injury pushes Rafael Nadal into French Open

Three hours into the match and the second set had not yet ended when Alexander Zverev suffered a fall in which he twisted his ankle, followed by shouts from the German expressing his pain. Although he left the track to be treated by the circuit physiotherapist, minutes later he returned to say goodbye to Philippe Chatrier, who chanted his name for him.

In the twelfth game of the second set, Alex looked for a ball on his forehand down the court, and when trying to skate on the clay his foot got stuck and the entire ankle of his right foot bent.

"Alex Zverev injury pushes Rafael Nadal into French Open"
Alex Zverev injury pushes Rafael Nadal into French Open

Zverev immediately went to the ground screaming in pain, and after receiving first aid, he had to leave the Philippe Chatrier court in a wheelchair.

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So far the severity of the injury is unknown and with this, the Spaniard will play one more Roland Garros final, the 14th, this Sunday, after leaving Serbian Novak Djokovic on the road, and now he is waiting for his opponent who will leave the game between Rudd and Cilic this Friday. A few minutes later Alex reappeared on the court on crutches, only to thank and say goodbye to the fans who gave him a loud ovation.

Upon entering the court, the tennis player was applauded by the public present and as a good partner, Rafael tried to comfort him by offering him some words of encouragement.

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"Alex Zverev injury pushes Rafael Nadal into French Open"
Alex Zverev injury pushes Rafael Nadal into French Open

Nadal won the first set in sudden death 7-6 (10/8), and just at the point where Rafael won his game for 6-6, the German’s injury came.

“I feel very sad, he was having an incredible tournament and he is a great colleague on tour,” Rafael said on court after becoming a tournament finalist.

“I know that he has fought to win a Grand Slam and now he had bad luck, but I am sure that he will soon win more than one. For now, I hope he recovers soon,” added the Spaniard.

Until then, the game was a real physical challenge for both players that had the fans almost on their feet due to the great dedication and the great game that both were offering.

Nadal, who celebrates his 36th birthday today, recovered from a break in the first set as he overcame Alex’s relentless attack and found more depth.

Rafael managed to save four set points in the tie-break by going down 2/6 to win an incredible opening set that lasted one hour and 31 minutes.

In the second set, Rafael came back again after being down 3-5 and the German served to take the set to another sudden death when Zverev ‘s injury arrived.

Nadal will now seek his 14th title at Roland Garros and his 22nd Grand Slam to continue increasing his own record.

Rafael’s rival will come out of the match between the Croatian Marin Cilic and the Norwegian Casper Ruud.

Final 14 for Rafael Nadal

It will be the 14th final for Nadal, who turns 36 this Friday and has 13 titles in Roland Garros, so he could win his 14th this Sunday and raise his record for Grand Slam wins to 22.

“I am very sad for him. He was playing very well,” he expressed.

“I know how hard he is fighting to win a Grand Slam and it won’t be for him this time, unfortunately, but I am convinced that he will win more than one because he is a great player, one of the toughest rivals on the circuit,” he added.

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