It was one of the tightest games of 2022 that came to an unfortunate end. Zverev retires hurt in the semi-final of the Roland Garros, allowing Nadal to reach another Grand Slam final. His second of the year.
Zverev suffered an injury in the second set, where both the players were tied at 6-6. Although Nadal was leading the game by 1 set, he just had a slender advantage at that point. And the injury came when Zverev was looking in good touch.
Soon, the medics were on the court examining the player. He looked in severe discomfort and was ushered off in a wheelchair, which was not a pleasant sight. Later the player walked out with crutches in hand to confirm his retirement. Giving Rafa Nadal a free ticket (although hard-earned) to the final.
Later it was revealed that he had sustained an injury to his ankle. Due to this, he was not able to complete the game.
Tough competition between Nadal and Zverev
Having beaten the former world number 1 in the form of Djokovic, Nadal had come into the match as a hot favorite. His German counterpart was not willing to give up easily.
The first set saw some ups and downs as both the players were relentless. When it felt like one had the upper hand, the other made a remarkable comeback. As a result, the set was decided on a tie-breaker in which Nadal pipped Zverev by 10-8.
The second set was more of the same. Zverev started it on the wrong foot but came back strong to go 4-2 up. At one point, the set was in his lap until Nadal fought back and brought it to level 6-6.
It would have been one of the most fascinating clashes had it gone the entire length. Since both the players were relentless, we had an engaging game at our hand. Sadly it turned out to be the worst result for Zverev.
Nadal has now made it to the final of the second Grand Slam in a row. Having won the Australia Open, and considering his excellent record at Clay, he will be expected to win his 22nd Slam.
Nadal will play the winner of the game between Rudd and Cilic on Sunday.