Alexander Zverev was stopped by an injury at the French Open. The Olympic tennis champion had to give up against Rafael Nadal in Paris on Friday towards the end of the second set at a score of 6: 7 (8:10), 6: 6 after twisting his ankle. Zverev screamed in pain, couldn’t perform and was then driven off the pitch in a wheelchair. A few minutes later, the 25-year-old hobbled back on crutches, gave up and hugged Nadal. At the time of the task, more than three hours had already been played.

“It is very difficult and very sad for him. He played an incredible tournament,” said Nadal. “I’m sure he won’t just win a Grand Slam tournament. I wish him only the best. ”Seeing Zverev crying is a very difficult moment, emphasized Nadal.

The 36-year-old Spaniard has a chance on Sunday to win his 14th French Open title and extend his record of 21 Grand Slam triumphs so far. In the second semi-final, the Norwegian Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic from Croatia meet in the evening.

Zverev missed the second Grand Slam final of his career. If the Olympic champion had won the French Open, he would have taken first place in the world rankings. (dpa)