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Rafael Nadal wins 22nd Grand Slam, 14th French Open
Sunday, Rafael Nadal won his 14th French Open and 22nd Grand Slam title by beating Casper Ruud in straight sets. In a disappointing final, which Nadal won 6-3, 6-3, 6-0, he was 36 years old. In 2005, when he was only 19, he won his first French Open. With his win on Sunday, Nadal now has two Grand Slams more than Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Because of a recurring problem with his left foot, Nadal wasn’t sure if he’d play. He would have been the oldest winner in Paris since Andre Gimeno, who was 34 in 1972. He beat Felix Auger-Aliassime, Novak Djokovic, and Alexander Zverev over the course of 12 hours. His victory on Sunday, which took 2 hours and 18 minutes, put him halfway to a calendar men’s Grand Slam, which was last done by Rod Laver in 1969.
Nadal, who had never lost in 13 previous Paris finals and was playing in his 30th Grand Slam final, got off to a good start against Ruud, who was the only Norwegian to play in a major final. He broke for 2-0 and then broke again for 3-1, even though he had two rare double faults. The Spaniard won in 49 minutes against a player from his Manacor academy who was 23 years old. Ruud has won 66 times on clay since the beginning of 2020. In the first game of the second set, he fought off three break points.
When he broke for 3-1 and Nadal double-faulted, there was a chance. Nadal double-broke for 4-3. Ruud had three chances to lose the set in the ninth game, but he didn’t. When he made a double fault, Nadal went up 2-0. Nadal said that he would rather lose the championship than get a new foot. He was in charge of Ruud. In a 30-minute third set, he won with three breaks. With his 37th backhand winner, Nadal won the match.