Photo: @usopen

The French Open semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev was turning into a classic. After three hours, the two tennis stars were only at the second set tiebreaker. Nadal had won the first set 7-6 and were tied 6-6 entering the tiebreaker.

However, everything turned upside down as Zverev rolled his ankle on a return and immediately screamed in pain. Zverev was sent away in a wheelchair to receive treatment. It was an unfortunate and heartbreaking sight to see.

After some time, Zverev walked out on the court with crutches and his foot wrapped, clearly indicating he had to retire from the match. Zverev received a standing ovation by the fans as he shook the umpire’s hand, hugged Nadal, and saluted the fans as he left the court.

While Zverev’s injury prematurely ended a surefire classic French Open semifinal, that wasn’t what people were thinking about. The concern was on Zverev and his condition as people praised his play and wished him the best going forward.

Nadal will advance to his 14th French Open final and will face the winner of Casper Ruud and Marin Čilić. Nadal has never lost a French Open final.

[Photo: @usopen]

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