Alexander Zverev Roland Garros 2022

Alexander Zverev returns to Roland Garros semi-final after ‘most difficult year’ of his life

Alexander Zverev has returned to the semi-final of Roland Garros, where he picked up his horrific ankle injury last year against Rafael Nadal.

Zverev beat Tomas Martin Etcheverry, 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4, to successfully defend his Roland Garros ranking points from 2022.

The German has struggled for form this year, being unable to win more than three consecutive matches, following tearing all three lateral ligaments after rolling his ankle in Paris last year.

Zverev spoke about how he felt after the match, commenting on how he wanted to go all the way, “I’m happy to be in a semi-final of a Grand Slam any time that I’m there but for me, the tournament is not over.”

He added, “I’m happy to be here, but I know that hopefully I have two more matches ahead, and they’re not going to get easier.”

The 26-year-old reflected on how difficult the last year has been for him, “As I said before, it was the most difficult year of my life. I love tennis with all my heart. I love the competitive spirit and that was taken away from me one year ago.”

Zverev continued, “I couldn’t play for the first seven months of my injury. Then for the next three, four months, I was still in pain. I wasn’t able to move the way I wanted to.”

“I think I’m at a stage now where I’m not thinking about the injury so much anymore. I’m not thinking about what happened. I’m just happy to be back where I was last year, and I have another chance. Hopefully I can take it.”

It is the sixth time that Zverev has reached a Grand Slam semi-final, with the former No.2 only reaching a major final once before.

The current ATP No.27 spoke about the importance of majors to him, “Grand Slams are tennis history. That’s what you play for. I think the two most important things in tennis are Grand Slams and the Olympic Games. When you are in a semi-final or final of either of those, I think that’s very different from being in a final of another tournament.”

Zverev will play his semi-final against 2022 finalist Casper Ruud tomorrow, as he bids to become the first German man to reach the Roland Garros final since Michael Stich in 1996.

Alexander Zverev vs Casper Ruud head-to-head

Zverev has played Ruud on three previous occasions, however this will be the first time that the pair go toe-to-toe on clay.

Here is their head-to-head so far:

Zverev vs Ruud: 2-1

  1. Zverev beat Ruud, 6-1 6-3 (Cincinnati 2021) 
  2. Zverev beat Ruud, 7-5 6-4 (Paris Masters 2021)
  3. Ruud beat Zverev, 6-3 1-6 6-3 (Miami 2022)

Watch every match of Roland-Garros LIVE and exclusive on discovery+, Eurosport and Eurosport App.

 Join >> Receive $700/£600 of tennis gear from the Tennishead CLUB

 Social >> FacebookTwitter & YouTube

 Read >> World’s best tennis magazine

 Shop >> Lowest price tennis gear from our trusted partner 

Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.