German Alexander Zverev said on Saturday that “several lateral ligaments” of his right leg had been torn during his match against Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the French Open in Paris.
Zaverev, 25, turned his ankle late in the second set and was forced to retire against the Spaniards on Friday.
On Saturday, he provided an update on Instagram after scanning and testing in Paris.
“These are my friends! I’m on my way home now,” he wrote. I will fly to Germany on Monday to do more testing and determine the best and fastest way for my recovery
“I want to thank everyone around the world for the kind of message I’ve received since yesterday. Your support means a lot to me right now! I will try to keep you updated as much as possible on further developments. “
If Xavier’s injury assessment is correct, he will probably miss Wimbledon despite being included in the roster on Friday evening. Wimbledon begins June 27.
Zaverev and Nadal had already been injured in an exciting match for just over three hours.
Nadal won the first set 6-7 (6) and the second set also went to a tiebreaker. With Nadal serving a game point at 5-6 in the second, Xavier chased a shot from Nadal, went to his right and slipped on Roland Garros’ clay court. He immediately fell to the ground and cried out in pain.
Zaverev, the world’s No. 3 ranked player, was taken off the court in a wheelchair. After examining the locker room, he took off his right shoe, put it on a crutch, and returned to court. With tears in his eyes, he waved the chair umpire’s hand, hugged Nadal and greeted the crowd standing at his feet.
If Zaverev had won the French Open, he would have risen to number one in the world. He is still trying to win his first Grand Slam.
“I think he started the match by playing great. I know how important it is for him to win his first Grand Slam, “said Nadal on Friday.
“We are colleagues, we have practiced together many times. And to see a colleague on tour like this, even if for me it’s a dream () to be in the Roland Garros final, is certainly not the way we want it to be. If you are human, you should be very sorry for your colleague. “
The eighth-seeded Caspar Rude will face Nadal in the final on Sunday after Norway recorded a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Croatia’s 20th seed Marin Cilic.
Nadal will seek his 14th French Open and 22nd Grand Slam title. He never lost to Roland Garros in the final.
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