Nadal wins record 14th French Open title with a two-set win over Casper Ruud

Rafael Nadal captured his 14th record title at the French Open by beating Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-3 6-3 6-0.

The Spaniard dominated Sunday’s final by winning 11 consecutive games in the second and third sets to win his 22nd Grand Slam title, two ahead of rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic topping the men’s all-time list.

The win also means that 36-year-old Nadal, who won his first French Open title 17 years ago, becomes the oldest men’s singles champion at Roland Garros.

“For me personally, it is very difficult to describe the feelings I have,” said Nadal in his post-match interview on the pitch. “It’s something I for sure never thought I would be here at 36, to be competitive again, to play in the most important field of my career another final – it means a lot to me.”

Nadal beat rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer by two Grand Slams at the French Open.

That was the case with the master versus the apprentice at Roland Garros on Sunday with Ruud, who has been training at the Rafael Nadal Academy in Mallorca since 2018 and admired Nadal as he progressed through the ranks of tennis, appearing in his first Grand Slam final. .

But the 23-year-old was outclassed by Nadal in what was the first time the two faced each other.

After leading 3-1 at the start of the second set, Ruud saw the game slip away from him and was unable to record a match in the final set.

He later paid tribute to Nadal, saying in his interview on the pitch: “We all know what a champion you are and today I got to hear what it’s like to play against you in the final. It’s not easy and I’m not the first victim – I know that. there have been many before. “

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