French Open: Alexander Zverev suffered torn ankle ligaments in Rafael Nadal defeat

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Alexander Zverev confirmed he suffered torn ligaments after rolling his ankle during his French Open semi-final exit against Rafael Nadal.

Zverev was forced to retire from the clash while trailing 6-7, 6-6 in what had the makings of an epic contest at Roland Garros.

“I am now on my way back home. Based on the first medical checks, it looks like I have torn several lateral ligaments in my right foot,” Zverev, who was seeded third at Roland Garros, wrote on Instagram on Saturday.

“I will be flying to Germany on Monday to make further examinations and to determine the best and quickest way for me to recover.”

Nadal, a 13-time champion, will face Norwegian eighth seed Casper Ruud in Sunday’s final looking for a record-extending 22nd men’s Grand Slam singles title.

On Saturday, Iga Swiatek continued her sensational form by thrashing America’s Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 to claim her second French Open title.

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