Archive photo of Rafael Nadal posing next to his statue at Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal is the toast of the tennis world and the sports club after overcoming serious physical obstacles to win the 2022 French Open men’s singles title. Nadal rejected Casper Ruud’s challenge in straight sets on Sunday to capture his 14th title at Roland Garros, extending his record to 22 grand slam titles, two ahead of his main rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. What must have been satisfying for the Spaniard is the fact that he defeated Djokovic in the quarter-finals to claim this title. Nadal lost to Djokovic in the semifinals last year, allowing the Serb to win his 2nd French Open title in 2021.
This is also the first time that Nadal has won both the Australian Open and the French Open in the same year. While both Nadal and Federer have longstanding rivalries, the mutual respect between the two generations of tennis legends is well known.
On Sunday, Federer’s current coach and former professional tennis player Ivan Ljubicic wrote on Twitter that the Philippe Chatrier Court at Roland Garros should now be renamed Nadal.
Not much PLAYED 14 @Roland Garros tournaments. He won it 14 times. There is no word to describe this achievement. Don’t think good old Phillippe would mind if his court changed the name to Rafael Nadal – statue is not enough
— Ivan Ljubicic (@theljubicic) June 5, 2022
“Not many PLAYED 14 @rolandgarros tournaments. He won it 14 times. There is no word to describe this achievement. Don’t think good old Phillippe would mind if his court changed the name to Rafael Nadal – statue is not enough,” Ljubicic tweeted.
Nadal is now two Grand Slams ahead of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
The Spaniard had defeated Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the French Open and then advanced to the final after Alexander Zverev had to retire mid-semi-final.
The 36-year-old is now the oldest winner at the French Open since 34-year-old Andre Gimeno in 1972.
Nadal had finished the final against Ruud in two hours and 18 minutes, taking his record at the French Open to 112 wins against just three losses.
Nadal has never lost a French Open final and he made sure to keep his record intact by beating Casper Ruud on Sunday.
The Spaniard had sealed the final against Ruud with a backhand, his 37th winner of the final.
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