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Rafael Nadal advances to men’s French Open final after Alexander Zverev retires due to injury

After losing the first set 7-6 (8) in a tie break, Zverev was leading 6-5 in the second set of the semifinal match when the German twisted his ankle reaching for a forehand shot. Zverev immediately fell and screamed in agony, while grabbing at his right ankle.

The 25-year-old had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair, before eventually coming back out on crutches to address the crowd. The spectators gave Zverev a raucous ovation as he shook the chair umpire’s hand and hugged Nadal.

As a result of the injury, Nadal was victorious and continues his quest for a 14th title at Roland Garros and a record-extending 22nd grand slam title. On Sunday he will face the winner of Friday’s match between Norway’s Casper Ruud and Croatia’s Marin Cilic on Sunday.

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