French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Casper Roode to win his 14th title at Roland Garros. tennis news

Spain’s Rafael Nadal claimed his 22nd Grand Slam title, expanding his men’s record and joining Steffi Graf for the second-highest singles title in the Open Era, behind only Serena Williams’ record of 23 ; At 36, Nadal now leads 112-3 at Roland Garros

Last Updated: 05/06/22 8:16pm


Watch the latest from the French Open as records are broken across the board, including yet another title for Rafael Nadala

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Watch the latest from the French Open as records are broken across the board, including yet another title for Rafael Nadala

Watch the latest from the French Open as records are broken across the board, including yet another title for Rafael Nadala

Rafael Nadal defeated Casper Roode to win his 14th French Open title and a record 22nd Grand Slam at Roland Garros on Sunday.

The 36-year-old Spaniard displayed all his years of experience in a 6-3 6-3 6-0 loss to the Norwegian eighth seed on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Nadal, who has only lost at Roland Garros three times since his debut in 2005, is two days past his 36th birthday and suffering from a chronic foot problem that has prompted rumours of retirement.

But he dethroned Rudd in his first competitive meeting, taking him two ahead of great rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

2,184-1,116 (.662) in sports

335-34 in sets (.908)

112-3 in matches (.974)

90 straight sets win

74 out of 74 opponents lost

39-match winning streak (2010-2015)

38-set winning streak (2016-2018)

Won 24 sets and lose 0 sets 6-0

Birthday 7-1 (June 3)

In his acceptance speech, Nadal rejected any idea to hang his racket as soon as possible.

“For me personally, it is very difficult to describe my feelings,” he said.

“It’s something I never believed, that I would be here at 36, being competitive again, playing the finals once again on the most important court of my career.

“It’s everything to me. That means a lot of energy to try to keep going. I just want to say ‘Pity, Mercy Beacoup.'”

“I don’t know what the future might hold but I’ll keep fighting to try to move forward.”

It was a rude awakening for Dalet when he was broken straight, and though Nadal got him off the hook with a loose service game, the opening set was soon in the bag.

A double fault gave Roode a break to love for a 3-1 lead in the second, but he could not take advantage as Nadal dipped into energy reserves to hit straight back.

When a forehand winner ran down the line to bring up set point, Rudd shook his head in despair and promptly double faulted Nadal to give Nadal a 2-0 lead.

Little went right for Norway’s first men’s singles Grand Slam finalist and, when he feathered a simple volley into the net, Nadal had two breakups in third.

In the end, it was a procession with a band in the stands making a sound of ‘viva espaa’ as Nadal added a ‘decimocuerto’ at the Australian Open, which he won earlier this year after winning his 11th straight game .

Whether his aging, ailing body allows him to collect more remains, but by lifting the Musketeers Cup again, Nadal is halfway to a calendar Grand Slam for the first time in his career.

Rood’s name was added to the list of victims, including Djokovic, Federer, Ferrer, Mariano Puerta, Robin Soderling, Dominic Thiem and Stan Wawrinka.

Compassionate in defeat, he said: “It’s a first for me so let’s see how I do. First and foremost is to congratulate Rafa.

“It’s your 14th, 22nd all round at a Grand Slam. We all know what a champion you are.

“Today I realized what it’s like to play against you in the final. It’s not easy and I’m not the first victim. I know there have been many players before.”

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