Rafael Nadal with Caspar Road after the final of the French Open 2022.AFP
Norway’s Caspar Road saw for the first time on Sunday how to face its “ideal” Rafael Nadal, and that too at the best possible stage – the French Open final. Nadal defeated the youngster in straight sets in the final of the French Open 2022 to extend his record to 22nd Grand Slam title. Rod, who trained at the Spanish Academy, praised Nadal as a “real champion” but also made a humorous remark that divided the crowd at Court Philippe-Chatterior.
“You’re a real champion. This is the first time I’ve ever met you. Now I know what it’s like to be a victim!” Rodd said after the match, applauding and laughing.
“There will be many more,” he said.
“You took me to your academy with open arms and you are a real inspiration to me. We all hope you will continue for some more time,” Rowade told the 36-year-old.
In the final, Nadal won the commanding display 6-3, 6-3, 6-0, which explains why he is called the ‘King of the Dirt’.
It was Nadal’s 14th French Open title and he became the oldest man to win the Roland Garros crown.
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 has won the last 11 games of the final and is now two slams ahead of old rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, and Sunday’s victory is against all odds.
Topics covered in this article