Zverev’s injury at French Open ‘very serious’ — RT Sport News


The German star was forced to forfeit his Roland-Garros semi-final against Rafael Nadal

German tennis star Alexander Zverev looks set to miss Wimbledon this summer after pulling out of his French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal with what he described as a “very serious“ankle injury.

The world No. 3 appeared to roll his ankle at the end of the second set against clay-court specialist Nadal at Roland Garros on Friday, and appeared to be in a lot of pain – prompting doctors to pull him off the court in a wheelchair. as he was forced to give up his clash with the great Spaniard.

Later, he returned to the field on crutches to inform the referee that he was unable to complete the game.

The injury came after two tight sets in what promised to be a tough showdown between two of the best players in the world. Nadal prevailed in a tense first set 7-6, while the second was tied at six games apiece when Zverev suffered the unfortunate injury.

Zverev later took to social media to confirm the severity of his injury.

A very difficult moment for me today on the court“said the 25-year-old star.

Obviously a fantastic game until what happened.

Looks like I have a very serious injury. But the medical team and doctors are still checking.

I want to congratulate Rafa, obviously“, he added of the Spaniard chasing another French Open crown.”It’s an incredible feat, a 14th final, and I hope he can go all the way and make history a little more..”

The relative brevity of the game will likely be seen as a positive in Nadal’s camp, although he later expressed grief over the manner of his victory.

Nadal will face Norway’s Casper Ruud in the French Open final after the eighth seed beat Marin Cilic in four sets in his own semi-final.

The Spanish star struggled with a chronic foot injury for much of the latter part of his career – and he will enter Sunday’s final much fresher than expected after his shortened match with Zverev.

Nadal is aiming for a record 22nd career Grand Slam victory at the event he has dominated in Paris since his first victory at Roland Garros in 2005.

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