Alexander Zverev's dream of winning his first Slam and becoming the new world number one has been extinguished in the worst possible way. The German tennis player had to leave the court on crutches due to the serious injury he suffered in the closing stages of the second set during his semifinal against Rafael Nadal.
The Spaniard had miraculously saved four set points in the first set and broke through his rival again in the most important moment of the second set. No doubt Zverev would have had his chances in the second tie-break of the day, but fate turned against him and did not allow him to finish the match on his own.
"It seems like a very serious injury, but the doctors are still doing tests. It was a very difficult moment on the pitch, it was a great game until what happened," Zverev explained through his Instagram account. "I will keep you informed as soon as we know more.
Obviously, I want to congratulate Rafa and I hope that he can make even more history with his 14th title at Roland Garros." After the sad end of the semifinal between Zverev and Nadal, Novak Djokovic wanted to encourage his friend on social networks.
The Serbian shares a great friendship with the German and wished him a speedy recovery. "Get well soon, Sascha!" Nadal also spoke about Zverev's injury in the post-match press conference.
Djokovic won three Major titles in 2021
Goran Ivanisevic recently shared his thoughts on Novak Djokovic's prospects at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships.
"He is the absolute favourite at Wimbledon, as is Rafa here," Ivanisevic said. "Novak now needs to rest well and prepare physically and mentally for Wimbledon - I'm sure he can do it and I think he will win it, I have a good feeling.
We need to focus on that now. The key thing for him is to recover mentally. As I have said in the past, Novak is a genius with a different mindset than most of us. Even though he needs less time than most to come back and to figure some things out, he still needs to do it.
He has overcome tough losses in the past, and I am completely certain that he will be ready for Wimbledon," he said. At the start of the year, Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer were all tied for 20 Grand Slam titles. Nadal's win at the 2022 Australian Open saw him go ahead of his great rivals for the first time in the Grand Slam race.