French Open: Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud at the Last Day of the Injury and the Performing Drama
Rafael Nadal reached the final of the 14th French Open on Friday when Alexander Zverev was forced to give up his last fight after suffering a serious knee injury on the day he played at Roland Garros. On Sunday, Nadal will play in the final of the 30 Grand Slam where he will face Casper Ruud, the first Norwegian to compete in a major tournament.
Nadal was 7-6 (10/8), 6-6 ahead when Zverev was forced to quit while Ruud saw Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in his semi-final. when an environmentalist ran to court and hanged himself on the net.
Zverev turned his leg while running the ball in front of the boxes of players at the Philippe Chatrier Court where his amazing team and family sat.
As her mournful cries were heard around the 15,000-person stadium, Zverev’s tears were removed from the yard in a wheelchair while the affected Nadal stared.
A few minutes later, the 25-year-old came back with a stick and accepted the game, Nadal hugging his heartbroken enemy.
“If you are human, you feel sorry for your partner,” said Nadal, a 13-year-old French Open specialist.
“It’s very difficult and sad for him. He plays a lot of competition and is a very good friend of the team.
“I know how he fights to win the Grand Slam. At the moment, he was very lucky. I hope he will win not one, but more than one. I wish him all the best.”
He added: “For me, being the last of Roland Garros is a dream, no doubt, but instantly, to end that way … to see him cry like that.”
Zverev later said he was “seriously injured”.
“It was a very difficult time in court. It looks like a serious injury but the medical team is still investigating and I will let you know,” he said.
“But thanks to Rafa, it is an amazing achievement to be in the final for the 14th time.
“I hope he goes all the way and makes a lot of history.”
Until the end of the game, Zverev pushed Nadal all the way.
In the rollercoaster, in the first 91 minutes, Zverev crashed into Nadal’s opening game before reaching 4-4.
The Spaniard, sweating profusely under a closed roof, saw three points coming and going in the top 10 games as the all-or-nothing German defeat kept him in the game.
Nadal, celebrating Friday’s 36th birthday, then kept four points on the edge of the knife, one of them at a clear crossing point.
A future certificate gave him the opportunity to open in sixth place.
Zverev, playing in the semi-finals against Roland Garros for the second year in a row, hit 25 winners with 26 uncontrolled errors.
The second set was printed with eight pauses of service. When Nadal broke 2-1, he did so after a tiring 44-yard touchdown run.
Nadal is second only to senior in Paris after 37-year-old Bill Tilden was last in 1930.
The victory saw Nadal, the world’s number one scorer and defender Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, take his French Open to 111 with three defeats.
If he wins on Sunday, he will be the oldest champion in the sport, surpassing 34-year-old Andres Gimeno, who took over the role in 1972.
Nadal has made the final despite doubts about his long-term future in the game.
A continuous injury to his left foot has forced him to admit that any game could be a final for his French Open.
It took more than four hours to complete Felix Auger-Aliassime in five sets in the last 16 and needed four more hours to beat Djokovic in four sets.
Ruud became the first Norwegian to reach the final Slam and praised Nadal as his “idol”.
Ruud No. 8 in the world chased 16 aces and 41 winners in the previous 2014 US Open champion Cilic.
However, in the third episode there was a serious security breach where the protester woman ran to court and strangled herself in the net.
He wore a shirt that read: “We have 1028 days left” before being released by security personnel. The game was short-lived after a 15-minute delay.
“It was a great game from my side, I never had a big one but Marin played a very good set,” said Ruud, 23.
“I look up to Rafa. He is a great example of how he can do it in court, without despair and without worries. He has been my idol all my life.”
Ruud described the demonstrations as “difficult and difficult”.
“I just looked behind him, I don’t know if he grabbed anything or his neck.”
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