Far from his top form, Nadal still triumphs again in Paris
Rafael Nadal won the French Open. The Spaniard defeated Caspar Ruud from Norway in the final. The Spaniard thus also wins his 14th final in Paris. After the triumph, he comments on rumors about a possible career end.
Nfter his 14th French Open triumph, Rafael Nadal dropped his racket in complete disbelief and looked at his team in the stands. Two days after his 36th birthday, the Spanish clay court king won the final in Paris on Sunday against the Norwegian Casper Ruud 6: 3, 6: 3, 6: 0 and thus celebrated the 22nd Grand Slam title of his impressive tennis -Career. It remains to be seen how many more will come in view of his chronic foot problems. Nadal ruled out a resignation.
“I want to thank my family and my team. Unbelievable things have happened this year, without you none of this would have been possible,” said Nadal. Then he got emotional: “It’s very difficult for me to describe my feelings. I’m 36 and still competitive. The win means a lot to me. For me it was an incredible journey. I don’t know what will happen in the future, I will keep fighting to keep being competitive.”
In mid-May, after his knockout round at the tournament in Rome, Nadal himself questioned participation in Paris. The pain was too strong. However, thanks to the daily care of a personal doctor in the French capital, Nadal got himself back into very good shape.
Immediately after the next triumph in his tennis living room at the Stade Roland Garros, Nadal’s pure joy prevailed. After he converted his second match point after 2:18 hours, the spectators celebrated him with long ovations.
As soon as Nadal entered the Court Philippe Chatrier shortly after 3 p.m., the spectators rose from their seats and received their darling with deafening applause. Before the game, rumors had circulated that it could be the Spaniard’s last match of his glorious career. It seemed like everyone in Paris wanted to try and stop Nadal from the unconfirmed plans with their affection. The obligatory presentation of Nadal by the cult stadium announcer Marc Maury lasted even longer than usual this time, repeatedly interrupted by the applause of the audience.
Nadal’s opponent trains in his tennis academy
Nadal started well in front of the Spanish King Felipe and the Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon and immediately took the serve from the Norwegian. Although Ruud, who has been training at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca for four years, also managed a break afterwards, but Nadal countered with another break that he did not give up afterwards. After 48 minutes he got the first set.
The mood in the stadium before the game was sizzling, but the final was unspectacular. Ruud was nervous and made a lot of slight mistakes, Nadal was also far from his best form, but still dominated the action on his favorite pitch with ease.
In the semifinals against Alexander Zverev, Nadal was challenged much more until the German Olympic champion had to give up injured. With multiple ligament tears, Zverev will be out for a long time. How long is to be determined by further investigations this Monday in Germany.
No resistance in the third set
In the second set, Ruud initially improved, but the overall level was now a little better. But it was still far removed from other Nadal finals in Paris. The Mallorquin initially fell behind by a break, but Ruud was unable to use the momentum. On the contrary: Nadal played five games in a row and took a 2-0 lead after 1:42 hours.
Ruud’s belief in the sensation was finally gone in his first final at a Grand Slam tournament. Nadal got the third set in quick succession – the rest was pure joy.