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It’s human to feel sorry for Alexander Zverev, says Rafael Nadal after injury ends German French Open offer


Rafael Nadal said it was only “human” of him to feel sympathy for Alexander Zverev who was forced to withdraw from their French Open semi-final on Friday after injuring his ankle during a horror fall. In tears, German world number three Zverev had to leave the pitch in a wheelchair after twisting his ankle while chasing a ball on the Philippe Chatrier court.

“If you’re human, you feel sorry for a colleague,” Nadal said after reaching his 14th Roland Garros final and seeing his opponent scream in pain as he clutched his right ankle.

Zverev was leading 7-6 (10/8), 6-6 after more than three hours of play at the time of the horror injury. When he returned to the pitch on crutches to concede the game, the pair shared a warm embrace.

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“It’s not easy to talk about it. I hope he’s not injured too badly, I hope he’s not broken,” Nadal said. “I was with him when he had the ultrasound.”

The match was played under the roof of Court Philippe Chatrier, creating high humidity with 15,000 spectators. However, Nadal said the court was not in bad shape.

“It was an accident, it was just a moment of bad luck.”

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Nadal hailed Zverev’s performance as the German bid to become the first German to reach the final since Michael Stich in 1996.

“It was a very tough game. He was playing amazing and I know how much it means to him to win a Grand Slam.

“The conditions weren’t ideal for me. I had to do a lot of survival. The first set was a miracle but I was fighting.”

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