‘Unexpected level’ – Nadal on his performance after beating Djokovic
Alexander Zverev was forced to retire French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal after the German rolled his ankle and had to leave the pitch in a wheelchair. As the match headed for a tie-break after a thrilling three hours on the Philippe-Chatrier court, Zverev went over his right ankle and found himself screaming in pain after what appeared to be a horrific injury. Zverev returned to the pitch to shake hands with Nadal and the referee as he retired from the game.
After playing Tuesday’s night session on the Philippe-Chatrier court, Nadal is back to his favorite afternoon slot for the first of two men’s semi-finals today. Later, Marin Cilic will be looking to qualify for the fourth Grand Slam final of his career and continue his unlikely journey to Roland Garros this year. The Croatian had not progressed further than the fourth round of a slam since 2018 and will face the Norwegian Casper Ruud who is aiming to reach a Grand Slam final for the first time in his career.
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JUST IN: Zverev retires
The game is over. Zverev returns to the pitch on crutches and shakes Nadal’s hand.
What a horrible way to end the game.
Jamie BraidwoodJune 3, 2022 5:20 p.m.
* Nadal 7-6, Zverev 5-6
We have reached three hours of play, while Nadal finds himself with two game points to make a tie-break…
Oh no! Zverev had a really bad fall here. He screams in pain and holds his right ankle.
They asked for a wheelchair – this match seems over.
Zverev curled his right ankle sliding to return a forehand. I imagine there may have been a loud pop.
Jamie BraidwoodJune 3, 2022 5:10 p.m.
* Nadal 7-6, Zverev 5-6
Now a bit of quality. Nadal, fresh off his serve catch, sends a winning ping into the corner to move 0-30 on Zverev’s serve. But the German retaliates, with a backhand on the line bringing it to 30-30. A big serve down the middle is followed by a smash and a roar, as he pressures Nadal to hold serve and force a second tiebreaker.
Jamie BraidwoodJune 3, 2022 5:03 p.m.
Nadal 7-6, 5-5 Zverev* – Nadal holds
Nadal picks a horrible moment to kick his double fault of the game, as Zverev moves 0-30 and two points from the set.
Nadal, remember, still hasn’t held a serve in this set and just smashed the net to come back at 15-30. Zverev then hands Nadal a gift with a loose backhand that lasts for a long time.
Zverev flashes with the top again after Nadal rushes to keep the point alive, catching it in the sky
Chance now for the elusive catch – and as he rushes into the net and puts away the backhand volley, he takes it! We are level 5-5!
As he raises his arms, has Nadal ever celebrated such a serve before?
Jamie BraidwoodJune 3, 2022 4:56 p.m.
*Nadal 7-6, 4-5 Zverev – Nadal breaks!
Zverev cries after a double fault on the first point of a crucial service game. The referee gives him a warning, prompting Zverev to approach him angrily. “I’m not saying that,” he insists. I think the referee thought he swore in English.
He reacted by winning the next two points, but another double fault from Zverev brought a nervous point to 30-30. The next second serve rolls over the net and Nadal attacks, as Zverev drifts a long shot.
Nadal break point – and would you believe it, another double fault from the world No. 1 loses the service game. You can’t really afford three double faults in any match at any level, let alone when serving in the second set of a Grand Slam semi-final.
Jamie BraidwoodJune 3, 2022 4:49 p.m.
Nadal 7-6, 3-5 Zverev* – Zverev breaks!
Unbelievable. At 30-30 and while Nadal trots on the field as if he had regained his energy, the Spaniard misses on a simple smash before scoring on a forehand. A remarkable series of mistakes by Nadal.
Another break from Zverev and he is now one serve away from the second set.
Jamie BraidwoodJune 3, 2022 4:44 p.m.
*Nadal 7-6, 3-4 Zverev – Nadal breaks!
Ok, no, never put yourself forward. From a position of relative comfort in this second set and Nadal on the ropes, Zverev falters and launches a double fault on a break point. It brings Nadal back in, just, but it turns out to be a good job.
Now can Nadal hold serve for the first time since 6-5 in the opener? That was about an hour and 10 minutes ago.
Jamie BraidwoodJune 3, 2022 4:37 p.m.
Nadal 7-6, 2-4 Zverev* – Zverev breaks!
More tension, more anxiety, but we can say with a little more confidence now that Nadal’s level has dropped quite a bit in this second set. Zverev breaks his serve for the third time in this set and above all, after his serve, it makes him advance 4-2.
We played a set and a half in two and a half hours.
Jamie BraidwoodJune 3, 2022 4:34 p.m.
*Nadal 7-6, 2-3 Zverev – Zverev holds!
It looks like we’re back in the Nadal-Djokovic twilight pendulum zone where you can’t afford to be even two points ahead of yourself. Zverev went into a 30-0 and it looked like Nadal was struggling. Then Zverev throws a few forehands and Nadal finds himself with a break point at 30-40.
Zverev saves it, smashing a backhand pass down the line. He steps it up on the first serve but then cuts the net with a forehand as the game comes down to two. Nadal brings his opponent in with a bunt but a sliding Zverev connects to the passing winner. But then the nets of Zverev and the anxiety continue.
An ace then a backhand winner Zverev seals the hold in the blink of an eye, snapping the four game streak without one. But don’t rush too much.
Jamie BraidwoodJune 3, 2022 4:18 p.m.
Nadal 7-6, 2-2 Zverev* – Zverev comes back strong!
What’s going on in this set! After a few disjointed first points, Nadal misses the cross forehand and Zverev finds himself with two more break points. He can’t turn it back on, and another misfiring forehand sees Zverev come back.
Jamie BraidwoodJune 3, 2022 4:11 p.m.
Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev LIVE: Latest scores and updates from Roland-Garros 2022
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