Rafael Nadal Clinches His 14th French Open Title
Rafael Nadal clinches his 14th French Open title by beating Norway's Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in the final at Roland Garros. It was his 22nd Grand Slam title as well. Spaniard is now two Slams ahead of old rivals Novak Djokovic, who missed the Australian Open in January because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19 and lost to Nadal at Roland Garros and Roger Federer, who hasn't played in almost a year after a series of knee operations, with the Serbian and Swiss tied on 20 major titles. The 36-year-old Nadal also became the oldest player to win a French Open title, eclipsing 34-year-old compatriot Andres Gimeno, who lifted the title 50 years ago.
Rafael Nadal, who will rise to No. 4 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, moved past Top 10 stars Felix Auger-Aliassime, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev to set a first ATP Head2Head meeting with World No. 8 Ruud. Following his triumph over the Norwegian, Rafeal Nadal has become the third player to earn four Top 10 wins at a Grand Slam since the Pepperstone ATP Rankings started in 1973. In 1982 Mats Wilander at Roland Garros and in 2017 Roger Federer at the Australian Open also achieved the feat.
Spaniard’s foot injury compelled him on the verge of announcing his retirement in the second half of the 2021 season. But the very next year in 2022, he won the Melbourne Summer set in January before Australian Open win. Nadal was about to march on an impeccable journey, Rafeal Nadal had to go through his foot injury and dealt an excruciating pain and his injury got resurfaced. After Spaniard’s win, Nadal made a shocking revelation on his foot injury and he dealt with the pain through the fortnight. Nadal’s has been through highs and lows in his jurney, triumphs and heartbreaks, ecstasy and agony. But above all, it’s been the greatest display of human resilience ever witnessed in sport.
Rafael Nadal started his A-list professional career almost 20 years ago, and that has been peppered with many highs and lows. Many assumed that his game was over for after he was unable to make it to the big leagues in 2015 and 2016. But six years down, Rafael Nadal has been all firing and raring. In his career spanning 18 full seasons, Nadal got injured 16 times. His hard, uncompromising style of game has had on the chronic issues that plagued him. 11 Grand Slam events has been missed by Nadal in his career in the bargain. On 14 of 16 occasions, when Nadal has been compelled to go away for months to recover, his comeback won him one Grand Slam event within a year. Out of the 92 titles, 63 have been won on clay. He’s well-known and feared for his terrific forehand, which he used deftly during Sunday’s match. That’s what kept Rudd on the back-foot.
Rafael Nadal’s life is full of iconic moments and memories for any sports enthusiast. His wins in the Australian Open and the recently-concluded French Open will surely motivate Rafael Nadal to carry on and take part in the remaining Grand Slams this year despite facing injury concerns. Let’s see what happens from here. His assiduous efforts to win this title over and over haven’t just aggrandised his own career; they’ve elevated Roland Garros as well. Here’s someone who has cared enough about a tournament to keep doing whatever it took to win it, long after he had nothing left to prove there.
Undoubtedly, Rafael Nadal is an inspiration and the records he has made is highly commendable. His flawless performance is eye-catching. It is quite appeasing to see him after a gap year after year and perform he exhibits is simply magical.Nadal is considered as the king of clay. The Spaniard has shown the world what Rafeal Nadal is capable of.