FranceRafael Nadal entered the final, after Alexander Zverev suffered a serious injury at the end of the second set of the semi-finals of Roland Garros 2022 on the evening of June 3.
The match was less than two sets long but had a duration of more than three hours, of which the first set was 93 minutes long. The physical torture of both sides ended when Zverev collapsed in pain at the last point before the tie-break set two. The effort to move too hard caused the third seed to suffer a serious injury. He flipped his ankle and shouted in pain, then cried non-stop. The German tennis player was taken off the court in a wheelchair. Zverev then returned to the court on crutches to shake hands with the referee and Nadal.
“It was very difficult, I am very sad for him,” Nadal said after the match. “He played a great tournament. Zverev was a good partner on the ATP Tour. I know how much he fought to win the Grand Slam, but today he was unlucky.”
Victory for “King of Clay” on his 36th birthday. The score before Zverev gave up was 7-6, 6-6 in favor of Nadal. The result reflects the balanced game that both sides created in both sets. Zverev had a great chance to win both sets, but both missed. In the first set, he won the first catch game and took the lead for most of the set. Zverev then led 6-2 in the tie-break but missed all the set-points. Nadal scored unbelievable points in a difficult position to lead 7-6 in this series, before winning 10-8 thanks to a forehand along the winner’s string.
In the second set, Zverev continued to lead 5-3 and served, but he missed the opportunity. Strange set, when there were up to eight times both sides lost the serve game. Nadal continuously took the lead at the beginning of the set, but could not take advantage of the excitement and had to chase at the end of the set. In the 12th game, the forehand helped Nadal put the set into the tie-break, but also accidentally caused the juniors to get seriously injured and give up.
Zverev, like his performance against Alcaraz, continues to play well when there are 40 winners, almost double Nadal (21). The German player attacked in almost every ball and made Nadal difficult. But Zverev also made 47 self-defeating errors compared to 26 for his opponent, of which eight double errors came at a crucial moment.
Nadal reaches the final of Roland Garros for the 14th time. The opponent of the Spaniard will be Casper Ruud or Marin Cilic. In the previous 13 finals at the clay Grand Slam, Nadal has won and won. He has the opportunity to increase the Grand Slam record to 22, thereby leaving two major titles ahead of the chasing opponents, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
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