The 13-times champion and No. 5 seed, Rafael Nadal reached the final of the French Open on Friday when no. 3 Alexander Zverev retired in the second set. The German could not continue after suffering an injury to his ankle in the last point of the 11th game of the second set. He returned to court on crutches, where he hugged Rafa, before receiving a standing ovation.
Rafa, who is celebrating his 36th birthday today, said:
“Very sad for him [Zverev]. He was playing an unbelievable tournament. I know how much he is fighting to win a grand slam, but for the moment, he was very unlucky. The only thing I know for sure is that he will win not one, but more than one. It’s difficult to say a lot of things, in the situation.”
Our champ, who was leading 7-6(8), 6-6, will face Casper Ruud or Marin Cilic in the final at Roland Garros on Sunday.