As he was taken off the court in a French Open semi-final defeat to Rafael Nadal on Friday, Alexander Zverev said that the ankle injury he sustained was’very significant.’ After twisting his ankle at the conclusion of the second set, Zverev is now a serious question for Wimbledon. The extent of the injury was instantly apparent, as the German shouted in pain. The 25-year-old exited the court in a wheelchair before returning on crutches and notifying the umpire that he was unable to continue.
“Sascha never cries! Something bad must have happened! That’s impossible!” Zverev’s brother Mischa said to Eurosport Germany. “The ankle was gone. That was an angle, in that position nothing can stick. He couldn’t get up. He was really screaming.” Later, in an Instagram story, Zverev confirmed that the injury to his ankle was indeed quite bad.
“A very difficult moment for me today on the court. Obviously a fantastic match until what happened, happened. It looks like I have a very serious injury. But the medical team and the doctors are still checking on it,” he said.
It had been a thrilling semi-final up until that moment, with Nadal leading 7-6 (8) 6-6 when Zverev quit. The Spaniard has advanced to his 14th Roland Garros final, where he will face Norway’s Casper Ruud on Sunday. In his semi-final, Ruud defeated Marin Cilic 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-2 to set up a thrilling encounter against Rafael Nadal.