German Alexander Zverev pulled his right ankle, forcing him to leave the French Open in the semifinals against Rafael Nadal at Rolland Garros on Friday.
In an epic match, Zverev returned to the pitch on crutches after assessing his injury and gave up.
The score was 7-6, 6-6 at that stage, with Nadal leading in another close match at Roland Garros. On Sunday he will move on to his 14th Roland Garros final, where he will play against Casper Ruud or Marin Cilic, who will play later on Friday.
The Nadal-Zverev match had just passed three hours when the German injured his ankle and fell to the ground in agony.
See here how the injury happened.
“It’s very hard and very sad for him. He was playing an incredible tournament and is a very good fellow on the tour, ”Nadal said in a pitchside interview afterwards.
“I know how much he is fighting to win a Grand Slam. For the moment it has been very unfortunate. I’m sure he will win not one, but a lot more than one. I wish him the best.
“It was a very tough match. Over three hours and we haven’t even finished the second set. It’s one of the biggest challenges on the tour when it sounds like it did today. “
He added: “For me to be in the final of Roland Garros is a dream, no doubt, but at the same time, that it ends like this … I was there in the little room with Sascha and to see him crying like this, I wish him all the best.