Alexander Zverev was unable to finish the match against Rafael Nadal on his own legs due to the bad injury he suffered in the final part of the second set. The German tried to recover Nadal's right cross, but suffered a severe ankle sprain and immediately alerted all the spectators present on the Philippe-Chatrier court.
Zverev screamed in pain and needed a wheelchair to leave the court. The world number three returned to the court on crutches only to shake hands with his rival and greet the crowd. The Spaniard had won a hard-fought first set coming back from 2-6 down in the tie-break and hitting some phenomenal shots.
"It's very sad for him, he was playing an amazing tournament. I know how hard it is for him to win a Slam and he was very unlucky. I am sure that he will win more than one Major. I wish him a speedy recovery," Nadal explained in the post-match interview.
"I was in a little room with him before I got back on the pitch and seeing him cry was really hard." Nadal will thus have the opportunity to play his fourteenth final in Paris; Nobody has been able to beat him in the last act of Roland Garros and he will once again be his favorite.
For Nadal this is the thirtieth Slam final. A statistic that brings him even closer to the record of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. The Serb and the Swiss have already contested thirty-one Grand Slam finals and, considering Nadal's great season, they may soon have to share this impressive result.
Djokovic did not shine in Paris
Goran Ivanisevic, Novak Djokovic's coach, recently spoke about the Serb's loss in the French Open quarterfinals to Rafael Nadal. “I cannot say that I am disappointed, but I am sad. It was not a perfect match from either side," Ivanisevic said.
"Rafa did not play a spectacular match, but the body language decided, from the first point until the last: Rafa’s body language and Novak’s body language”. Ivanisevic questioned what could have happened had the Serb taken the match to a fifth set, but admitted that Djokovic had too many "ups and downs" while Nadal was "consistent" and deserved to win.
"Yes, everyone noticed. I do not know, we have not spoken yet," Ivanisevic said. "That is why I am so troubled by this match, I can’t sleep. What would happen had he won the fourth set, nobody knows, but that is just good old ‘what if’.
He had two set points: the first one was an easy backhand unforced error, on the second he approached the net with the ball in the middle of the court, so Rafa passed him. Maybe it would have been different, maybe it would not, but I still do not understand the body language and the lack of energy.
Novak had too many ups and downs, while Rafa was consistent and he absolutely deserved to win that match," he added.