Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Nadal beats Roode for 14th French Open title, 22nd Slam trophy

PARIS ( Associated Press) — Rafael Nadal beat Casper Roode 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in the final of the French Open on Sunday at Roland Garros for two records for his 14th championship and 22nd Grand Slam title overall. Add. Already owned.

Nadal’s victory came two days after his 36th birthday and made him the oldest title-winning player in clay-court tournament history.

Rudd took a 3–1 lead in the second set, a deficit that prompted Nadal to raise his level – he played the last 11 games.

Nadal played so crisply and cleanly, accumulating more than twice as many winners as Roode, 37 to 16. Nadal also made fewer unforced errors, scoring just 16 off Roode’s 26.

When it ended with Nadal’s down-the-line backhand, he affixed his racket to the red clay he loved so much and covered his face with taped fingers on both of his hands.

The Spaniard’s first victory in Paris came in 2005 at the age of 19. No man or woman has won a singles trophy in any of the major events in Paris in more than 14 years. And no person has won more Grand Slam titles than Nadal.

He is two ahead of rivals Roger Federer, who hasn’t played in nearly a year after a series of knee operations, and Novak Djokovic, who missed the Australian Open in January because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19. and lost to Nadal. Roland Garros.

Nadal has repeatedly stated in recent days that given his age, of more concern is the chronic pain in his left leg, which he has repeatedly stated in recent times that he can never be sure. that each match at Court Philippe Chattier could be his last.

There really doesn’t seem to be any reason to quit now, though, given that he ranked four French Open opponents in the top 10 (number 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round, No. 1 Djokovic in the quarterfinals), leaving behind , navigated his way, number 3 Alexander Zverev – who stalled due to a foot injury – into the semi-finals, and then number 8 Rudd).

Nadal improved to 14–0 in the final at Roland Garros and 112–3 on aggregate in his favorite tournament.

With everything he’s already accomplished, Nadal has now done something he’s never been able to do before: he’s halfway to a calendar-year Grand Slam, with titles at the Australian Open and French Open in the same season. Thank You for.

Rudd is a 23-year-old Norwegian player who was competing in a Grand Slam final for the first time. He had never played in any major quarterfinals till now.

He considers Nadal as his role model. He remembers watching all of Nadal’s previous finals in Paris on TV. He has trained at Nadal’s Tennis Academy in Mallorca.

They have played countless practice sets together with nothing more than bragging rights. Nadal usually won those, and Rudd joked the other day because he was trying to be a polite guest.

The two had never met in an actual match until Sunday, when a championship, money, ranking points, prestige and a piece of history were on the line. And Nadal demonstrated, as he often has, why he is known as the King of Clay – and one of the sport’s greatest.

Now he can keep this latest Coupe des Mosquiteres along with the trophies he collected at Roland Garros during 2005-08, 2010-14 and 2017-20. He has also won the US Open four times and the Australian Open and Wimbledon twice.

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