Rafael Nadal became the oldest male champion in Roland Garros, winning the 22nd Grand Slam title on Sunday, extending the 14th French Open and defeating Caspar Road in straight sets. In a disappointing final, Nadal, 36, won 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 and won his first French Open in 2005 at the age of 19, 17 years later. The last 11 games of the final and now he is two slims ahead of old rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer and Sunday’s victory is against all odds.
Nadal, the oldest winner in Paris since Andre Gamino, 34, in 1972, was unsure about taking part after a chronic injury to his left foot, which plagued him throughout his career, flared up again. ۔
He also needed the best of 12 hours to beat Felix Oger-Eliasim, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Xavier in the last three rounds.
Their two-hour, 18-minute victory on Sunday took their record in the tournament to 112 wins from just three defeats, as well as a rare Calendar Men’s Grand Slam, the last time Rod Lever won in 1969. What was
Nadal, unbeaten in the last 13 finals in Paris and playing in his 30th Grand Slam decisive match, got off to a great start against Ruud, the first Norwegian man to play in a championship match at the Majors.
He braked 2-0 and although he returned the brakes straight due to two non-characteristic double faults, he quickly came back to the front for 3-1.
The Spaniard wrapped up the opener in 49 minutes against his 23-year-old opponent, who has been training at his academy in Manaco since 2018.
World No. 8 Rouge, a player on the ground since the beginning of 2020, with 66 wins at the level, was once again under siege in the second set, having to fight three break points in the opening game.
A ray of hope suddenly shone when he again double-faulted Nadal 3-1. However, Nadal came back with a double break for 4-3.
Rowade saved three set points in the ninth game, but his first double fault in the final gave Nadal a two-set lead.
Nadal said in the final that he would like to lose Sunday’s match in exchange for a new fit.
However, without the need to hit top gear, he was in complete control against Ruud, in the title race with three brakes in the third set which ended in 30 minutes.
Nadal sealed the victory with a backhand down the line, his 37th final winner.
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