French Open: Rafael Nadal crushes Casper Ruud to win his 14th title at Roland Garros | Tennis News

Spain’s Rafael Nadal claims his 22nd Grand Slam title, which extends his men’s record and ties Steffi Graf to second major singles in the Open Era, behind only Serena Williams’ record of 23; At 36, Nadal is now 112-3 at Roland Garros

Last Updated: 6/5/22 8:16 PM

Watch the latest from the French Open as records are broken across the board, including another title for Rafael Nadal

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Watch the latest from the French Open as records are broken across the board, including another title for Rafael Nadal

Watch the latest from the French Open as records are broken across the board, including another title for Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal won his 14th French Open title and a record-breaking 22nd Grand Slam by defeating Casper Ruud in Sunday’s final at Roland Garros.

The 36-year-old Spaniard showed all his years of experience to dismantle the Norwegian eighth seed 6-3 6-3 6-0 on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Nadal, who has lost just three times at Roland Garros since his debut in 2005, is two days after his 36th birthday and is suffering from a chronic foot problem that has led to rumors of retirement.

But he sidelined Ruud in their first competitive meeting to take him two ahead of big rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

2,184-1,116 in games (.662)

335-34 in sets (.908)

112-3 in matches (.974)

90 straight-set victories

74 of 74 opponents won

39-match winning streak (2010-2015)

38-Series Winning Series (2016-2018)

24 sets won & 0 sets lost 6-0

7-1 on birthday (June 3)

In his acceptance speech, Nadal drew any thoughts of immediately hanging his racket.

“For me personally, it’s very difficult to describe the feelings I have,” he said.

“It’s something I never thought I would be here at 36, being competitive again, playing on the most important court of my career once again in a final.

“It means everything to me. It means a lot of energy to try to keep going. I just want to say ‘merci, merci beaucoup’.”

“I don’t know what may happen in the future, but I will continue to fight to try to keep going.”

It was a rude awakening for the subordinate when he was broken immediately, and although Nadal left him off the hook with a loose serve play, the opening was soon in the bag.

A double fault gave Ruud a break to love for a 3-1 lead in the second, but he was unable to press home the advantage as Nadal dipped into the energy reserves to hit straight back.

When a front-runner’s winner zipped down the line to bring a set point, Ruud shook his head in despair and promptly double-blamed to give Nadal a 2-0 lead.

Little went right for Norway’s first men’s singles Grand Slam finalist and, as he plummeted a simple volley into the net, Nadal had two breaks in the third.

In the end, it was a procession with “Viva Espana” roaring from a group in the stands as Nadal added a “fourteenth” to the Australian Open, which he had won earlier this year after winning his 11th straight match.

Whether his aging, diseased body allows him to collect more leftovers to see, but once again lifting the Musketeers Cup, Nadal is halfway through the Grand Slam calendar for the first time in his career.

Ruud’s name was added to a list of victims as well including Djokovic, Federer, Ferrer, Mariano Puerta, Robin Soderling, Dominic Thiem and Stan Wawrinka.

Compassionate in defeat, he said: “This is the first time for me so let’s see how I do it. The first and most important thing is to congratulate Rafa.

“It’s your 14th time, 22nd in the Grand Slam. We all know what kind of champion you are.

“Today I felt like it’s like playing against you in the final. It’s not easy and I’m not the first victim. I know there have been many before.”

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