Winner of Alexander Zverev in the semi-final, on injury to the German, Rafael Nadal paid a superb tribute to his opponent, who gave him a fight of great intensity.
After the show, the dread. We know that a tennis match can change on one point, this is the case for Alexander Zverev. The German saw his semi-final against Rafael Nadal and his Roland-Garros stop on a slide on the right, where his ankle twisted. The cries of pain of the world No. 3 froze the blood of the spectators of the Philippe-Chatrier court, which was however boiling hot to follow the duel between the two men, who had been fighting for more than three hours … and did not even have one. finished with the second set (7-6 6-6 ab.).
Sascha’s terrible reaction, her cries, left little room for doubt, and the slow motion is enough to cause some cold sweats. It’s hard not to think how big brother Mischa Zverev must have felt on commentary for Eurosport Germany. The German giant left the court on a wheelchair, he returned a few moments later on crutches, without a shoe on his right foot. To greet the referee, his opponent, record his abandonment, and above all receive the deserved ovation from the center court.
It looks like Zverev rolled his ankle – he screamed in agony and has been helped off the court in a wheelchair.
Nadal is still on the court, apparently expecting play to continue after medical treatment. pic.twitter.com/8JywhEvEAV
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Thus ends the Roland-Garros of Zverev, who had delivered a superb match in the previous round against Carlos Alcaraz, for his first victory on a Top 10 in Grand Slam, and who pushed Nadal in his entrenchments without managing to take the scoring advantage. He led 6-2 in the tie-break of the first set, to finally lose 10-8 after an unreal series of points from “Rafa”. Then he served for the set at 5-4 in the second, still without concluding, but the tie-break which was beginning could allow him to come back up to par after, we repeat, three hours of a disjointed but intense fight. , disputed in a moist heat that made Nadal sweat profusely.
“Seeing him in tears was very difficult”
Necessarily embarrassed, the always very humble Nadal could only have a moved thought for his opponent, when responding to Mats Wilander on the court. “It’s hard for Sascha, who was having an extraordinary tournament, confided the Mallorcan. He is an excellent player, and a good colleague on the circuit. I know he fights a lot to win a Grand Slam. I think he will win one, and even several. »
“We had been playing for over three hours and we hadn’t even finished the second set, added Nadal. It was a great game. When he’s playing at this level, beating him is one of the biggest challenges on the tour. It’s hard to say something. Everyone knows that it’s a dream for me to be in the final at Roland-Garros. But at the same time, to end up like that, to be in this little room with him before he gave up, to see him in tears, it was very difficult. » A sincere emotion, and a beautiful tribute.
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