On his 36th birthday, Nadal won the first round in the tiebreak after defending four set pieces from Zverev after about 1:30 hours of play in a tough match on his 36th birthday, the second she was. 6:6 After eight breaks when the 25-year-old Germans caught up before the tiebreak began, the unfortunate accident occurred. Zverev screamed in pain and could not perform and then walked off the field.
A few minutes later, the 25-year-old came back limping on crutches, gave up and hugged Nadal. “It’s tough and sad. He played a great tournament,” said Nadal, who is a 14th French Open finalist and 22nd Grand Slam title. “I know how hard he fought to win a Grand Slam title. I am sure he will win one day. I wish him success “.
Three hours of fighting
Until then, the game provided an interesting exchange of blows between fifth in the world rankings and third in the ATP rankings. “It was a tough match. We haven’t even finished two sets in three hours,” Nadal said. “I’m having a hard time finding the right words at the moment. It is undoubtedly a dream to be in the final again here.”
Due to rain in the French capital, the roof of the Roland Garros stadium was closed, and there was an exciting atmosphere from the start. Zverev played hard from the start and surprised Nadal with several elusive shots. Right at the start, the German took the transmission from the Spaniard. For seven matches, Zverev then played the best tennis he’s ever played in a Grand Slam tournament.
Nadal is fighting back to the game
But then suddenly there was a break in the German’s game. Nadal, who had been playing with chronic foot problems for weeks, was still far from his best, but Zverev suddenly made several minor mistakes. So he let Nadal back into the match, and the Spaniard broke to make it 4:4 to tie it.
After that, the game went back and forth. When the score was 4:5, Zverev saved three set pieces from Nadal and then did not use two break balls in the Spaniard’s post-serve game. In the tiebreak, Zverev suddenly got four set pieces, but Nadal managed to block all of them. In contrast, the German also saved two set-pieces, but lost after 1:31 hours.
Three double mistakes on the way to fine tune the equation
I followed back and forth in the second set. Zverev immediately lost his serve but resisted and continued to make life very difficult for Nadal. When the score was 5:3, he worked to win the set, but made three double faults. The decision seemed to be made again in the tiebreak, but then the drama happened and Zverev gave up.
Nadal’s opponents in the final are Norway’s Kasper Ruud, the eighth seed, or Croatia’s 20th seed Marin Cilic. Nadal has a chance on Sunday to win his 14th French Open title and extend his record of 21 Grand Slam victories so far. Zverev missed the second Grand Slam final of his career. Had the Olympic champion won the French Open, he would have taken first place in the world rankings.