Rafael Nadal’s dominance at Roland Garros is unrivalled.
Nadal won his 14th French Open singles title on Sunday, defeating No. 8 seed Casper Ruud of Norway 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 to become the tournament’s oldest champion at the age of 36.
The fifth-seeded Spaniard also became the 22nd man to win a Grand Slam singles title.
“It means a lot to me to be here at 36, to be competitive again, to play on the most important court of my career one more time,” Nadal told the adoring crowd in Paris.
Despite suffering from a painful foot injury that had him contemplating retirement, Nadal triumphed in the rematch against Ruud, the first Norwegian to reach a men’s major final.
When Ruud double-faulted on set point, Nadal broke serve three times to win the first set in 51 minutes. He then won the second set on another service break.
Ruud, 23, broke Nadal’s serve early in the second set to take a 3-1 lead, but the veteran Spaniard’s experience on the big stage proved too much for him, as he won the final five games of the set — and 11 consecutive games overall — to win the match.
Nadal has an incredible 112-three record at Roland Garros in his career.
Nadal is now 2-for-2 in Grand Slams in 2022 after winning the Australian Open in January. However, with Wimbledon starting in just three weeks, his injured foot won’t have much time to heal.
After the match, Nadal told NBC’s Maria Taylor, “I’ve been going through some tough times the last couple of months.” “I can’t keep going in the same direction.”
Nadal now has 22 major singles titles, two more than rival Novak Djokovic, whom he defeated in the quarterfinals in Paris. Only Serena Williams and Margaret Court have won more, with 23 and 24 respectively.