Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev faced off in the men’s singles semi-finals on Friday night (03 June) at the 2022 French Open in Paris. In what was a thrilling clash until the opening two sets, it ended abruptly when German player Zverev suffered a serious injury late in the second set to hand the Spaniard a knockdown.
Speaking of the first set, it was Zverev who took the lead. Nadal was playing the catch-up match, however, he overtook the opposition in the tiebreaker to win the first set 7-6 (10-8). Having already been stretched a lot by Zverev, 25, it looked like things were going to get tough for the senior player, who turned 36 on Friday. Zverev again took the lead in the second set and the two players clashed with every shot before a climax came with Zverev’s massive injury.
During a rally, Zverev ran some distance to his left for a return shot when his right leg twisted on the clay court. As a result, he succumbed to the ground and was in complete disregard. Soon the game was interrupted a bit and Nadal also came to his aid. The two hugged as Zverev walked away, conceding the semi-final that promised to go all the way. Here is the video of the youngster’s injury:
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Thus, with an unfortunate end to the procedure, Nadal, the public and tournament favorite, should play for his 14th title at Roland-Garros on Sunday. He awaits the winner of Marin Cilic-Casper Ruud. Looks like the stars are aligned for Nadal’s glory as Zverev seems to have put him in trouble. Nevertheless, he will not let himself be beaten during the clash at the top.
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