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Nadal reaches French Open final after Zverev forced to retire with injury

Rafael Nadal has advanced to the French Open final for a 14th time after third seed Alexander Zverev was forced to retire hurt with an ankle injury while trailing the Spaniard 7-6, 6-6.

In an absorbing contest that lasted more than 3 hours before the abrupt ending, Zverev missed 4 set points during the first set tiebreak.

The German had been giving the 13-time Roland Garros champion a run for his money until he screamed out in agony after rolling his right ankle in the final point of the 12th game of the second set.

After several minutes off court, he returned to the arena on crutches to concede the match. Nadal, who turned 36 on Friday, and is in pursuit of a men's record-extending 22nd Grand Slam crown, will now face Norway's Casper Ruud on Sunday.

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