Zverev says Open injury is 'very serious'

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Alexander Zverev says the injury he suffered in the French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal is "very serious".

The world No.3's participation at Wimbledon this month is now in major doubt after he rolled his ankle at the end of the second set.

Zverev left the court in a wheelchair and returned on crutches to confirm to the umpire that he could not continue.

In a video message on Twitter, the 25-year-old German said: "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."

The score was 7-6 (10-8) 6-6 in Nadal's favour when Zverev left the court after falling awkwardly on the baseline, sending the Spaniard - 13 times a winner in Paris - through to his 14th Roland Garros final where he will meet Norway's Casper Ruud.

"I want to congratulate Rafa, obviously," added Zverev. "It's an incredible achievement, a 14th final, and hopefully he can go all the way and make some more history."

A maiden grand slam title at Roland Garros would have seen Zverev, who lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in last year's semi-final, rise to the top of the men's world rankings on Monday following the conclusion of the claycourt major.

He was also looking to become the second German man to reach the Roland Garros final in the Open Era, joining 1996 runner-up Michael Stich.

Nadal was the last man to retire in a grand slam semi-final or final when the Spaniard pulled out from his last-four match at the 2018 US Open while trailing Argentine Juan Martin del Potro by two sets.

"Very tough and very sad for him," Nadal said on court. "Honestly, 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. The only thing I'm sure is that he is going to win not one, more than one."

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