Alexander Zverev was unable to finish the match against Rafael Nadal on his own legs due to the bad injury he suffered in the final part of the second set. The German tried to recover Nadal’s crossed forehand, but got a bad sprained ankle and immediately alerted all spectators on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
In fact, Zverev screamed in pain and needed a wheelchair to leave the field. The world number three returned to the court on crutches only to shake hands with his rival and greet the audience. The Majorcan had won a hard-fought first set by recovering a 2-6 deficit in the tie-break and playing some phenomenal shots.
Rafa explained: “It is very sad for him, he was playing an incredible tournament. I know how much he is fighting to win a Grand Slam and he was really unlucky. I’m sure he will win more than one major. I wish him a quick recovery.
I was in a small room with him before returning to the pitch and seeing him cry was really hard. ”
Nadal approaches the record of Djokovic and Federer
This will give Nadal the opportunity to play his fourteenth final in Paris; no one has ever been able to beat him in the last act of the Roland Garros and he will once again be the big favorite.
For Nadal, this is the 30th Grand Slam final. A statistic that allows him to get even closer to the record held by Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. The Serbian and the Swiss have played thirty-one finals in a Major and, considering Nadal’s great season, they may soon have to share this impressive result.
Nadal also equaled Novak Djokovic’s record in Grand Slam finals achieved by a tennis player after turning thirty. They both pushed themselves into a Major ten times over the age of 29 until last Sunday. The Spaniard also won the last direct clash against Djokovic in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros.