Rafael Nadal wins his 22nd Grand Slam titleAFP
Rafael Nadal won his 14th French Open title at the Court Philippe-Chatterior on Sunday by steaming youngster Caspar Road. Nadal defeated the 23-year-old 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 to take his Grand Slam title to 22, two more than his old rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Nadal’s victory comes amid concerns about the future of his game as a chronic injury to his left foot, which has plagued him throughout his career, flared up again. Prior to Sunday, he had even said that he would like to lose the final in exchange for a new fit.
“I never believed I would compete here again at the age of 36, once in the final on the most important court of my career,” Nadal said during the trophy presentation.
He then said he wanted to continue, allaying concerns about announcing his retirement.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but I will fight to keep trying,” said Nadal, applauding the crowd at Court Philippe-Chatterior.
Nadal missed last year’s Wimbledon, US Open and Tokyo Olympics due to a left foot problem and did not return until the 2022 Australian Open, in which he won for the second time.
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
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