Spanidar celebrates 36th birthday by reaching another RG Final, but not the way he wanted.

Although it was what he desired, 13-time champion Rafael Nadal made an unexpected turn on Friday afternoon to reach another Roland-Garros final.

Nadal celebrated his 36th birthday, and was looking for another win on Court Philippe Chatrier.

He was finally locked in an intense semi-final match with Alexander Zverev, just as the tiebreak was about to begin.

Zverev couldn’t continue because he had injured his ankle while running to the forehand at 7-6(8) and 6-6.

Nadal raced straight to his opponent’s baseline and the German was finally helped off the court with a wheelchair.

Nadal, whose career was marred by chronic and acute injuries throughout his own life, sympathized with the 25-year old and wished him a quick recovery.

“It’s difficult and beautiful to speak after what happened,” Nadal said. He was behind Zverev’s scenes while the German received scans to assess the extent of his injury.

“All I can do is hope that he’s okay. It’s normal to turn your ankle and hope nothing is broken.

This is a feeling Nadal understands well. According to ATP, Nadal was the last Grand Slam player to retire in the final of a Grand Slam or semi-final. He was unable, due to knee pain, to face Juan Martin del Potro in the 2018 US Open semifinal.

“It has been a very, very difficult match. Nadal said that Zverev started the match with an amazing performance. “I know how important [it] is to him fighting for his first Grand Slam…

“[To] see someone on the tour as this – even though it’s a dream for me to be in Roland-Garros final – of course that is not the way we want it to go… If you are human you should feel very sorry to a colleague.”

Although Nadal was not able to celebrate, the 36-year-old was still pondering on his monumental achievement at Roland-Garros.

It wasn’t that long ago, Nadal was able to walk off a tennis court. Nadal lost in the third round of Rome against Nadal, and revealed that he was suffering from Mueller-Weiss Syndrome. This chronic condition affects his left foot.

Nadal suffered another setback after a season that saw him start with a 20-0 record. This included a 21st Grand Slam win at the Australian Open. However, he was stopped by a cracked vertebra in the Indian Wells final. He was unable to play for several weeks due to the injury, but he was back at his best when the foot happened.

Nadal said that he was more surprised to reach the Melbourne final than the Paris final. He had been suffering with his foot for the past two seasons, and needed surgery. This left him little time to prepare for the season.

Nadal stated that although I wasn’t very optimistic after Rome about my foot, I was confident that I would be able play here. “And here I am. “And here I am. I played, I fought, I did everything I could to at least give myself a chance to get to where I am today.

“I am happy to have another chance to play in the final of Roland-Garros. It means a lot.

“Even with all the sacrifices that I have to make to continue playing, it makes sense to enjoy moments like the ones I am enjoying in this tournament.”

He is indeed here.

The world No.5 continues to be on track for a record-breaking 14 Coupe des Mousquetaires this weekend. This would make it the Open Era’s leading 22nd Grand Slam singles title.

For Sunday’s title, he will face Casper Ruud, a first-time semifinalist.

Nadal was also asked a question during his Spanish presser. He thought about whether a genie could appear before him and offer him a choice between a victory on Sunday or a new, healthy foot.

Mueller-Weiss Syndrome can be degenerative and incurable. It gets worse with each match, as well as every year on tour. It is a pain that cannot be controlled and can never be completely relieved. He also says that it affects his quality life off the court.

Why then does Nadal continue to play a game that causes him so much pain and suffering? Is there anything that a Hall of Fame-worthy player can do? What would a 14th Coupe des Mousquetaires show?

It’s not about what you have to prove. Nadal stated that it’s all about how much you love doing what you do. You should keep doing what you love. If you enjoy playing golf, for example, you will continue to play it.

“If I enjoy playing tennis, and if it is something I can manage to do, then I will continue to play because I love what I do. That’s it. If I’m healthy enough to play, I enjoy the competition. I enjoy playing in the most prestigious stadiums around the world, and feeling competitive, even though I’m getting older.

“Means a lot for me, doesn’t it? This makes me proud and happy for all the hard work we did.


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