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The 2022 French Open comes to an end on Friday with four semi-final matches in two different groups.
Rafael Nadal will contest his 14th career title in this tournament after a victory over Alexander Zverev. The match ended in the second set when Zverev injured his ankle.
After a medical timeout, Zverev returned to the pitch with a pair of crutches unable to put pressure on his right ankle.
Nadal will face Casper Ruud for the championship on Sunday. Eighth-seeded Ruud is in his first Grand Slam tournament final after beating Marin Cilic in four sets.
In addition to the men’s matches, the women’s doubles semi-finals were also held. Coco Gauff, who will play for the women’s singles title on Saturday, qualified for the doubles final with Jessica Pegula. They defeated fellow Americans Madison Keys and Taylor Townsend in straight sets.
Roland-Garros 2022 results – Friday 3 June
Men’s semi-final: Rafael Nadal defeated. Alexander Zverev, 7-6 (8), 6-6 (retired)
Men’s semi-final: Casper Ruud defeated. Marine Cilic, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2,
Women’s doubles: Coco Gauff/Jessica Pegula beat. Madison Keys/Taylor Townsend, 6-4, 7-6 (4)
Women’s doubles: Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic beat. Lyudmyla Kichenok/Jelena Ostapenko, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
Recap of day 13
Prior to the injury, Zverev was doing a fantastic job trading blows with Nadal in straight sets.
The German star looked set to win the first set. He held serve to take a 4-2 lead after six games. Nadal turned things around quickly, winning four straight points in the next game and breaking Zverev’s serve to tie the set.
In the tiebreak, Zverev served for the set with a 6-4 advantage. Nadal was able to stay alive with an incredible shot that kept the rally alive and a forehand that crossed the pitch and returned to his body that Zverev couldn’t access.
Nadal won six of the last eight points in the tie-break to win the first set. The second set was much more similar, with both games trading throughout.
The highlight of the game came on the last point of the third game. Nadal won a 44-stroke rally after Zverev committed an unforced error.
Zverev took a 5-3 lead and served with a chance to close the set. Nadal managed to break it to win the game, and the Spaniard held serve to level the game again.
Trailing 6-5, Nadal held serve to level the set once again. Zverev injured his ankle on the last point of the match.
Ruud had a tough run throughout the tournament. The 23-year-old had to play at least four sets in five of his six matches. His third round match against Lorenzo Sonego lasted five sets, with Ruud winning the final two sets to avoid being sent home.
Cilic took an early lead over Ruud in the first set winning four straight after falling 3-2. The match quickly turned in Ruud’s favor from that point on. He had seven of his 16 aces in the second set.
The third set was pretty much all Ruud. He won the first four games, closing out Game 3 with this fantastic winner to break Cilic.
Things continued to go in Ruud’s favor in the fourth and final set. He broke Cilic’s serve in game one and finished game two with an ace.
Ruud put an exclamation point on the win with a 124mph ace on match point. He is the first Norwegian player in history to reach a Grand Slam final.
Sunday’s final will mark the first head-to-head between Nadal and Ruud. Nadal is 30-3 this season and is looking to win his second consecutive Grand Slam title. He beat Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final for his record 21st Men’s Singles Slam Championship.
Ruud is 30-9 in singles matches in 2022. The No. 8 seed can win her second tournament in a row after a victory at the Geneva Open last month.
Gauff is in the best part of his young career. The 18-year-old is in her first Grand Slam final as a singles competitor. She previously reached the 2021 US Open women’s doubles final with Caty McNally, but they lost to Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai.
Playing alongside Pegula, Gauff may be the second woman in two years to win multiple Roland Garros titles in a single year. Barbora Krejcikova won singles and doubles titles in 2021.
Keys and Townsend took a 2-1 lead in the first set thanks to a forced error from their opponents on the final point in game three. Gauff and Pegula bounced back winning three straight to take control of the set in a 6-4 victory.
Things were much closer in the second set. Both teams traded wins in the first eight games. It wasn’t until Gauff and Pegula held serve in the eighth and beat Keys and Townsend in the ninth that the two teams won back-to-back games.
Keys and Townsend returned the favor by winning the next two games to take a 6-5 lead. They failed to break Gauff and Pegula, who won four straight points in the following game to force a tiebreaker.
Gauff and Pegula won six of the first seven points in the tiebreak. They picked up a victory after an unforced error on a match point. Keys and Townsend committed 27 unforced errors in the loss.
They will face the duo of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, who came out of an early hole to defeat Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jelena Ostapenko.
The Kichenok-Ostapenko pair won the first set in 35 minutes. They took advantage of three double faults and won three of four break point opportunities en route to a 6-2 win.