Alexander Zverev was left heartbroken as an damage compelled him to tug out of his French Open 2022 semi-final conflict in opposition to Rafael Nadal at Courtroom Philippe Chatrier on Friday. Attempting to hit a return shot in opposition to Nadal within the second set, Zverev turned his ankle and screamed in agony, earlier than mendacity on the bottom in ache. He was taken off court docket on a wheelchair, earlier than he returned to provide Nadal a hug and wave the group goodbye to a standing ovation.
Former Indian cricket crew head coach Ravi Shastri took to Twitter to lament the unlucky damage to Zverev.
“That is why sport could make you cry. You may be again @AlexZverev,” Shastri tweeted.
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) June 3, 2022
He additionally had a message for Rafael Nadal, who was seen attending to his opponent after his damage, and later accompanying him again to court docket.
“@RafaelNadal – Sportsmanship, humility. Simply sensible and respect,” he wrote.
Legendary Indian batter Sachin Tendulkar additionally praised Nadal’s conduct.
“The humility and concern proven by Nadal is what makes him so particular,” he wrote.
The humility and concern proven by Nadal is what makes him so particular.#RolandGarros
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 3, 2022
Nadal was main 7-6(10/8), 6-6 when Zverev withdrew from the match with damage and is now by to his 14th French Open remaining. He has gained all of the 13 finals he reached beforehand.
He’ll tackle Marin Cilic/Casper Ruud on Sunday as he chases a record-extending twenty second Grand Slam title.
“It is very powerful and really unhappy for him. He was enjoying an unbelievable event and he is an excellent colleague on the tour,” Nadal mentioned about Zverev after the match.
“For me, to be within the remaining of Roland Garros is a dream, indubitably, however on the similar time, for it to complete that manner… I’ve been there within the small room with Sascha and to see him crying like that — I want him all the very best,” he mentioned.
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