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Rafael Nadal vs Casper Ruud LIVE: French Open 2022 result and men’s final reaction

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Rafael Nadal edges out Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer with 22nd Grand Slam title

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Follow the reaction live after Rafael Nadal beat Casper Ruud to claim a record 14th French Open and 22nd Grand Slam title in what is perhaps the most difficult and remarkable triumph of the career of the Spaniard at Roland Garros.

At 36, Nadal becomes the oldest French Open champion in history and his victory on Parisian clay comes just weeks after his participation in the tournament was put in doubt due to a painful foot injury. .

It left Nadal admitting throughout his title run that this French Open could be his last and heightened the drama by surviving marathon matches against Felix Auger-Aliassime and then arch-rival Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

Nadal reached a 30th Grand Slam final after his opponent Alexander Zverev suffered a horrific ankle injury in Friday’s semi-final, with the players yet to complete the second set after three hours on the court.

But Nadal recovered physically and the final was rather straightforward as the Spaniard used his experience to dispatch 23-year-old Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in what was the Norwegian’s first appearance in a Grand Slam final. . Follow the reaction from the men’s French Open final below:

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Rafael Nadal beat Casper Ruud in straight sets to win a record 14th French Open and 22nd Grand Slam title in what is perhaps the most difficult and remarkable triumph of the Spaniard’s career at Roland Garros.

At 36, Nadal becomes the oldest French Open champion in history and his victory on Parisian clay comes just weeks after his participation in the tournament was put in doubt due to a painful foot injury. .

It left Nadal admitting throughout his title run that this French Open could be his last and heightened the drama by surviving marathon matches against Felix Auger-Aliassime and then arch-rival Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

“For me, it is difficult to describe the feelings I have. I wouldn’t believe I’d be here at 36,” said Nadal, who used his experience to dispatch 23-year-old Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in the Norwegian’s first appearance in a big league. slam. final.

Jamie BraidwoodJune 5, 2022 6:20 p.m.

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Tim Henman hopes the chance to complete the Grand Slam schedule will motivate Rafael Nadal to play at Wimbledon and beyond.

Eurosport pundit and former UK number one Henman said: “When you’ve won as much as him, you never know what’s in store for you.

“I think he was very candid and very honest in saying he doesn’t know if he’s going to come back here. But when you see a performance like that – he’s down 3-1 in the second set, he’s winning 11 games in a row – that was just another clay-court masterclass.

“You would have thought that when he wins those big titles – don’t forget he won the Australian Open, the French Open, now you can talk about the current Grand Slam – that will surely motivate him. to contiue.

“That’s why we keep our fingers crossed because it’s a privilege to see one of the greatest champions in our sport playing like that.”

Jamie BraidwoodJune 5, 2022 5:56 p.m.

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Nadal speaking to Eurosport: “If I don’t believe [I can win], I will not be there. But no, it’s a big surprise. The preparation was not ideal. I had a month of training and then I got the foot – it stays there all the time but it was bad in Rome. I had my doctor here with me and we played here with an injection in my foot. I had no feeling, the foot was sleeping.

When asked how many injections he received during the tournament, he replies “You don’t want to know”.

Jamie BraidwoodJune 5, 2022 5:13 p.m.

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The final blow that completed the masterpiece.

Jamie BraidwoodJune 5, 2022 5:10 p.m.

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“We’ve been coming here for 17 years, and yet Nadal is getting better. The shot selection, the angles,” former French Open champion Mats Wilander told Eurosport.

Jamie BraidwoodJune 5, 2022 5:04 p.m.

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“I will keep fighting to try and keep going.”

We shouldn’t take this for granted, but you can’t help but think about what’s next.

Can Nadal make it to Wimbledon? It is the first time in his career that he has won the Australian Open and the French Open in the same year. Is the calendar slam really launched?

It’s amazing that discussions are even taking place.

Jamie BraidwoodJune 5, 2022 5:03 p.m.

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Rafa, Rafa! cries the crowd to the sound of the Spanish national anthem. Nadal has taken up residence in this corner of Paris since 2005.

“Thank you,” he begins. “First of all, Casper. It’s a pleasure to play a final with you. I want to congratulate you on an amazing tournament and career so far. I wish you all the best for the future.

He continues by thanking his team. “It’s amazing what’s happening this year. Without you, this wouldn’t be possible. I would have retired a long time ago without you.

Nadal then thanks the tournament organizers. “It’s the best in the world,” he says. “All the ball boys, the volunteers, the people behind the scenes. You make me feel at home.

“For me. It’s hard to describe the feelings I have. I wouldn’t believe I’d be here at 36. It means a lot, it means a lot of energy to keep going. I just want to say, thank you Paris.

But this – this is the big deal.

“I don’t know what can happen in the future, but I will keep fighting to try and keep going.”

A HUGE roar rings out around Philippe-Chatrier. There will be more on this later, I’m sure.

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Jamie BraidwoodJune 5, 2022 4:51 p.m.

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And here, for the 14th time, is the champion.

Nadal raises the Roland-Garros trophy above his head.

He won’t take it for granted – he can’t afford to do it anymore.

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Jamie BraidwoodJune 5, 2022 4:49 p.m.

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Here’s Casper Ruud: “It’s the first time for me, but the first thing to do is to congratulate Rafa. It’s your 14th title here, 22nd in a grand slam. Today I got to feel what it’s like to play you and I know I’m not the first victim! There were many more!

“You, your team, your family, you took me to your academy. You are an inspiration and I hope you will continue for some time.

Ruud then thanks his own team. “I hope we can continue this journey.” An excellent speech from an impressive young player.

Jamie BraidwoodJune 5, 2022 4:46 p.m.

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It’s time for the trophy presentation, because the stage is set on Philippe-Chatrier.

Tennis icon Billie Jean King will present.

Jamie BraidwoodJune 5, 2022 4:41 p.m.

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