French Open 2022: Alexander Zverev waves goodbye to the gang earlier than leaving the court docket.© AFP
Alexander Zverev’s French Open 2022 marketing campaign led to heartbreak as he was pressured to drag out of his semi-final match towards Rafael Nadal at Court docket Philippe Chatrier on Friday after turning his ankle whereas attempting to hit a return. As he tried to play the shot, Zverev screamed in anguish and was instantly down on the bottom, visibly writhing in ache. He was then taken off the court docket on a wheelchair. He returned later to shake palms with the umpire, give a hug to Rafael Nadal after which wave goodbye to the gang.
The gang gave the German a standing ovation as he waved to them.
Watch: Alexander Zverev will get a standing ovation after withdrawing from French Open semi-final vs Rafael Nadal
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Nadal was main 7-6(10/8), 6-6 when Zverev injured himself.
The Spaniard reached his 14th French Open closing, having gained the 13 he had performed in earlier than this yr, as he chases a record-extending twenty second Grand Slam title.
“It’s totally robust and really unhappy for him. He was taking part in an unbelievable match and he is an excellent colleague on the tour,” Nadal mentioned after the match.
“I understand how a lot he is preventing to win a Grand Slam. For the second, he was very unfortunate. I am positive he’ll win not one, however a lot a couple of. I want him all one of the best,” he added.
Whereas Nadal was happy at reaching the ultimate of the match he has dominated over time, he was not glad in regards to the circumstances during which he obtained there.
“For me, to be within the closing of Roland Garros is a dream, indubitably, however on the similar time, for it to complete that approach… I’ve been there within the small room with Sascha and to see him crying like that — I want him all one of the best,” Nadal mentioned.
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