Rafael Nadal is now in a position to win his 14th French Open title and extend his record to the 22nd Grand Slam crown, but that’s not how he wants to get there.
The Spanish legend went to the Roland Garros final on Sunday after Alexander Zverev sustained devastating injuries to his right hamstring and was driven off the pitch in a wheelchair at the end of the second set. Later he came over and hugged Nadal as the Spaniard patted him on the cheek as an encouragement. Nadal then moved on to help Zverev pack his tennis bags.
When Nadal served 7-6 (8), 5-6, 40-30, he hit the forehand along the line from which Zverev was running to recover, but he hit him, crashing into his right thigh muscle and is was thrown by the pine. The animal was then seen throwing feces with its right paw buried in its belly.
Nadal told Matti Wiander on the pitch: “Well, it’s quite difficult, isn’t it? And he gives him a lot.” “Honestly, he had a fantastic tournament. Yes, he was an excellent travel companion. “I know how to fight to win the most important trophies, but it’s unfortunate, isn’t it? He’s just convinced he can’t beat anyone, so I hope to be well and recover very quickly. “
He was treated by a physiotherapist and Nadal came to confirm his relationship with Zverev. A doctor came out and helped Zverev recover. The wheelchair was later removed and Zverev was removed from the court.
The match lasted 3 hours, 3 minutes before the injury and it looked like 5 or 6 hours could go by. “Super tough game,” said Nadal, now world famous 111-3 at Roland Garros. “It’s been more than three hours and we haven’t finished the second set yet, are we? This is one of the biggest challenges he has to face at this level, playing against him.”
“Of course for everyone, as everyone knows, this time again in the Roland Garros final was definitely a dream. But at the same time, I was a little late. Space with Sasha before leaving the field. “It was very difficult. To see him cry there. So happy birthday to him and to the whole team.
Thanks to the win, Nadal, who improved to 7: 1 on his birthday, will face 23-year-old Norwegian Casper Rood, who beat Marina Silis 3: 6 in her 14th Roland Garros final on Sunday. , 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, in the second semifinal. Ruud, who became the first Norwegian to reach the grand final, and Nadal have yet to play.
Nadal, now 36, leads Roland Garros 13-0 to win his fourteenth crown. To be absolutely clear, Pete Sampras has won a total of 14 majors during his career in the Hall of Fame and is considered to be one of the most played in the game. However, Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who together celebrated 61 major titles in the game. single, 14 years old.
Having won the Australian Open for their 21st major title in January, the King of Clay could now extend their lead over Federer and Djokovic to 22:20 if they win Sunday’s final.