Nadal Tops Ruud for 14th French Open Title, 22nd Slam Trophy

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Author

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal pulled away to beat Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 within the French Open closing on Sunday for his 14th championship at Roland Garros and twenty second Grand Slam title general, including to 2 data he already owned.

Nadal’s victory got here two days after his thirty sixth birthday and made him the oldest title winner within the historical past of the clay-court match.

Ruud led 3-1 within the second set, a deficit that spurred Nadal to lift his stage — he took the final 11 video games.

The Spaniard’s first triumph in Paris got here in 2005 at age 19. No man or girl ever has gained the singles trophy at any main occasion greater than his 14 in Paris. And no man has gained extra Grand Slam titles than Nadal.

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He now’s two forward of rivals Roger Federer, who hasn’t performed in virtually a 12 months after a collection of knee operations, and Novak Djokovic, who missed the Australian Open in January as a result of he isn’t vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 and misplaced to Nadal at Roland Garros.

Given his age, and, of extra concern, the power ache in his left foot that has been an off-and-on drawback for years, Nadal has mentioned repeatedly in current days that he can by no means be certain whether or not every match at Courtroom Philippe Chatrier may be his final.

Doesn’t actually appear a lot cause to stop now, although, contemplating that he navigated his well beyond 4 French Open opponents ranked within the prime 10 (No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime within the fourth spherical, No. 1 Djokovic within the quarterfinals, No. 3 Alexander Zverev — who stopped due to a foot harm — within the semifinals, after which No. 8 Ruud).

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