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Nadal into 14th French Open final after Zverev quits with horror injury

French Open
Alexander Zverev of Germany get an injury in the Men's Singles Semi Final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during Day Thirteen of The 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on June 03, 2022 in Paris, France.

PARIS, June 3: Rafael Nadal reached his 14th French Open final on Friday after Alexander Zverev was forced to quit their semi-final after suffering a horror right ankle injury.
Zverev had to leave the court in a wheelchair after turning his ankle trailing 7-6 (10/8), 6-6 after more than three hours of play.
After screaming in anguish, a tearful Zverev was helped from the court by medics.
Minutes later, the 25-year-old returned to the court on crutches and conceded the match.
“It’s very tough and very sad for him. He was playing an unbelievable tournament and he’s a very good colleague on the tour,” said Nadal.
“I know how much he’s fighting to win a Grand Slam. For the moment, he was very unlucky. I’m sure he’ll win not one, but much more than one. I wish him all the best.
“It had been a super tough match. Over three hours and we didn’t even finish the second set. It’s one of the biggest challenges on the tour when he’s playing like he did today.”
He added: “For me, to be in the final of Roland Garros is a dream, without a doubt, but at the same time, for it to finish that way… I have been there in the small room with Sascha and to see him crying like that — I wish him all the best.”
Nadal, chasing a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam title, will play either Marin Cilic or Casper Ruud in Sunday’s final.
Iga Swiatek to face Coco Gauff in French Open final
The women’s draw might not have got its share of prime-time matches in the French Open this year, but for Saturday’s title match they have a line-up powered by promise.
Coco Gauff, 18, the youngest finalist at Roland Garros in two decades, whose striking sensibleness puts her sunshine smile to shade, will take on the rampaging world No.1 Iga Swiatek for the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen. (AFP)