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Germany's Alexander Zverev grimaces in pain after twisting his ankle during the semifinal match against Spain's Rafael Nadal at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, June 3, 2022. Image Credit: AP

Paris: Alexander Zverev said he suffered a “very serious injury” when he damaged his ankle and was forced to retire from his French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal on Friday.

“It looks like a very serious injury but the medical team are still checking it and I will keep you updated,” the German world number three said in a video message released by Roland Garros.

Nadal was 7-6 (10/8), 6-6 ahead when Zverev injured his right ankle and had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair before retiring from the match.

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Alexander Zverev's ankle twists during his game against Rafa Nadal at the French Open. Image Credit: AFP