Rafael Nadal Defeats Casper Ruud To Win Incredible 14th French Open Championship
Rafael Nadal has won the French Open for the 14th time. The King of Clay easily defeated Norway’s Casper Ruud in straight sets, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in just two hours and 18 minutes. It wasn’t the most thrilling match ever.
Ruud was playing in his first Grand Slam final, and he was up against a Roland Garros legend. He put up a good fight, but Nadal simply destroyed him, demonstrating that he still had the juice to negate any advantage Ruud might have had.
Even though he was 36 years old and had a degenerative foot condition, he played like someone ten years younger. Ruud had a legitimate chance to make this a competitive contest. After a tense first set, Ruud began the second set by rallying from 30-0 to win the first game.
Suddenly, he had a 3-1 lead, and it appeared that Ruud was figuring out how to challenge Nadal and give himself a chance. Unfortunately, that’s when Ruud’s game fell apart. Ruud didn’t win another game in the tournament after going up 3-1.
Nadal won the final 11 games, and it appeared that Ruud had mentally accepted his fate by the end. There’s nothing you can do when Rafa is on point. Everything feels priceless at this point in Nadal’s career.
Every set, game, and point could be part of his final, glorious run at Roland Garros. And, if this is his final appearance on the red clay in Paris, this tournament had everything a tennis fan (and Rafa fan) could want. A dramatic, historical plot.
There have been several comebacks from the brink of elimination. Two adversaries square off. The emotions of playing against your former coach’s new student and witnessing a match-ending injury to an opponent. The aging superstar takes one last shot at glory.
He did everything and completed everything. Nadal is back at the top of men’s tennis after winning his 22nd Grand Slam title, the most in history and two more than Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic