While the Roland-Garros semi-final match between Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev had started for more than three hours on Friday June 3, 2022, it was suddenly stopped. Indeed, the Spanish player made a forehand, allowing him to come back to 6-6 in the second set, when the German violently twisted his ankle and collapsed on the court.
Alexander Zverev, who dreamed of going to the Roland-Garros final, writhed in pain on the ground and started screaming while holding his right ankle. A terrible moment that put an end to the dreams of the young man of 25 years. Very quickly, Rafael Nadal went to his side as he was relieved by doctors. The player was then evacuated in a wheelchair to be examined.
Rafael Nadal: ‘I’m very sad for him, he was playing incredibly well’.
A few minutes after his evacuation, Alexander Zverev returned to the court on crutches. Accompanied by Rafael Nadal, he came to announce his abandonment to the referee as well as to the public. A very difficult moment for the young man who was in tears. For his part, Rafael Nadal quickly spoke about his opponent’s accident. He said on the microphone of Mats Wilander: “I’m very sad for him, he was playing incredibly well, and I know how hard he fights to win a Grand Slam tournament. And I know he’s not going to win one. one, but much more. I wish him a lot of courage”.
Finally, the one who has just celebrated his 36th birthday spoke about his fourteenth qualification in the final. “For me to be in the Roland-Garros final again is huge, but at the same time, it’s really strange to do it in these circumstances,” he concluded.
Alexander Zverev © Mao