Tennis legend 라파엘 나달 has a chance to become the oldest person to win the French Open.
에 따르면 AP 통신, the Spanish tennis pro advanced to the French Open final on Friday after his opponent, Alexander Zverev, dropped out of the semi-final due to an injured right leg. The match took place on Nadal’s 36th birthday.
Nadal prevailed in the first set with a 7-6 (8) score and neared a tiebreaker in the second set before 25-year-old Zverev grabbed his ankle and screamed in pain while chasing the ball.
The 21-time Grand Slam winner checked on his opponent before Zverev left the court in a wheelchair. Several moments later, Zverev returned on crutches and announced he was dropping out of the match. He congratulated Nadal with a hug.
“Very tough and very sad for him,” Nadal said, 로이터 보고. “솔직히, he was playing an unbelievable tournament. He’s a very good colleague on the Tour.”
“I know how much he’s fighting to win a Grand Slam, but for the moment he was very unlucky,” Nadal continued. “The only thing I’m sure is that he is going to win not one — more than one.”
The oldest person to have won a French Open is currently the late Spanish tennis player Andrés Gimeno, 누구였더라 34 when he took the title in 1972.
Nadal, 순위 아니요. 5 in singles, has won the French Open a record 13 타임스. He’s also defending his Grand Slam record and is vying for a 22nd title.
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“All the sacrifices, and all the things that I need to go through to try to keep playing really make sense when you enjoy moments like I’m enjoying in this tournament,” Nadal said Friday, ~에 따르면 ESPN.
일요일에, Nadal will face Norwegian tennis player Casper Ruud in the French Open final.