Rafael Nadal gained his twenty second Grand Slam title.© AFP
Rafael Nadal steamrolled teen Casper Ruud to win his 14th French Open title at Court docket Philippe-Chatrier on Sunday. Nadal beat the 23-year-old 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 to take his Grand Slam title tally to 22 – two greater than his outdated rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Nadal’s win got here amid issues over his enjoying future as a continual left foot damage, which has plagued him all through his profession, flared up once more. Earlier than Sunday, he had even mentioned that he would quite lose the ultimate in alternate for a brand new foot.
“I by no means believed I’d be right here at 36, being aggressive once more, enjoying in an important courtroom of my profession another time in a remaining,” Nadal mentioned throughout the trophy presentation.
He then went on to say that he needs to maintain going, allaying fears of a retirement announcement.
“I do not know what can occur sooner or later, however I’ll preserve preventing to attempt to preserve going,” Nadal mentioned, drawing applause from the group at Court docket Philippe-Chatrier.
The left foot drawback precipitated Nadal to overlook final 12 months’s Wimbledon, US Open and Olympics in Tokyo and he didn’t return till the build-up to the 2022 Australian Open, which he went on to win for the second time.
His two-hour 18-minute win on Sunday took his report on the match to 112 wins towards simply three losses and likewise put him midway to a uncommon calendar males’s Grand Slam final achieved by Rod Laver in 1969.
With inputs from AFP
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