Paris, Jun 3 (EFE).- Rafael Nadal will have a chance of winning his 14th French Open title after his opponent Alexander Zverev was forced to retire from the semifinal Friday following a nasty ankle injury in the second set.
The Spaniard had come back from behind to level the play at 6-6 and force a second tie-break when the German rolled over his right ankle and fell to the clay at Roland Garros.
A visibly emotional Zverev was escorted off the court in a wheelchair and later emerged on crutches before the match was handed to Nadal, who said he felt “very sad” for his opponent.
“I know how much he is fighting to win a Grand Slam. The only thing I know is that he is going to win not one, much more than one,” he said during an interview on court, adding it was a tough moment to see Zverev “crying” in the medical room.
The Spaniard took the first set in a hard-earned tie-break. EFE