Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud meet in their first-ever competitive encounter on Sunday afternoon and the stakes couldn’t be higher – the 2022 French Open final.
The ‘King of Clay’ is looking to extend his record 13 French Open titles while Ruud is the first Norwegian to reach a Grand Slam final and hopes to cause an upset.
Ruud beat Holger Rune and Marin Cilic en route to the final but faces his toughest test against 36-year-old Nadal, who saw the threat of Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, although the latter pulled out with injury .
Nadal will be the favorite for many to win his second Grand Slam of the year after triumphing in Australia in January, but Ruud, 23, is part of an exciting generation of talent and won’t be riding for the man that he is. he described as his “idol” growing up.
The Sporting News is on hand to bring you live updates and highlights from the 2022 French Open final below.
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Score Rafael Nadal vs Casper Ruud
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Rafael Nadal 4-2 *Casper Ruud
The crowd loved that forehand from Nadal into the far left corner, but Ruud also received a round of applause for a bunt down the middle that sent his opponent running towards the net. Ruud gets the important hold as Nadal’s easy forehand widens.
*Rafael Nadal 4-1 Casper Ruud
Ruud needs a bit of patience right now but he knows he’s not playing his best tennis so far. Nadal takes a 40-0 lead by punishing Ruud’s soft shot with a winner down the line. Ruud picks up a point but Nadal looks focused as he holds on for the next chance.
Rafael Nadal 3-1 *Casper Ruud
A neat forehand from Ruud leaves Nadal rooted at 15-15 and he repeats the same shot at right-back to go within a point of holding serve. Nadal is back to breaking point thanks to a wayward backhand from Ruud followed by a wild, overhand forehand. Nadal stays in the rally to force another mistake and he breaks again. A big missed opportunity for Ruud.
*Rafael Nadal 2-1 Casper Ruud
Nadal lands his 13th and 14th double faults of the tournament to lose 15-40. Ruud’s first break chance sees him hit a forehand but Nadal then hits an easy shot into the net and Ruud has the immediate unexpected break. Maybe Nadal starts to get nervous at first?
Rafael Nadal 2-0 *Casper Ruud
Nadal hits a sweet cross backhand to put Ruud on the back foot and the Norwegian sends him back to the net to go down 15-30. Immediate breaking point soon follows but Ruud saves the first with a powerful forehand. But Nadal shows exactly how a forehand winner should be hit at the next point that is beyond Ruud’s reach and it’s the perfect start for the 36-year-old.
*Rafael Nadal 1-0 Casper Ruud
A miss from Ruud gives Nadal his first point of the game before the Spaniard runs his opponent early with a delicious drop shot. Ultimately, it’s a comfortable catch of serve with and more in four minutes.
— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) June 5, 2022
2:03 p.m.: The two players walk out onto the pitch to cheers. The roof is open on Philippe-Chatrier and the weather is rather overcast. We are moments away from the start of the final.
1:55 p.m.: Nadal is aiming for an incredible 22nd Grand Slam title, hoping to add to his triumph at the Australian Open in January this year when he came back from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev.
Given his foot issues, his coach Carlos Moya believes today’s win would be one of the biggest of his career to date.
“What I saw in Australia this year was beyond anything. But what I see here is through its own play. It’s another size of resilience,” Moya said. Reuters.
“I think it would be a bigger achievement to win the French Open today than the Australian Open,” he said. “It’s special if he wins. In my opinion, it is the one to which he deserves the most credit in his career.
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1:30 p.m.: Although there has been much talk of Nadal struggling with a painful foot injury throughout the tournament, it is the Spaniard heading into today’s final the fresher of the two. His semi-final against Alexander Zverev ended in the second set after the German was forced to retire with a nasty ankle injury. As for Ruud, only one of his six wins in this tournament has been in straight sets and he hopes there’s still something left in his tank when he takes to the pitch shortly, knowing full well that Nadal won’t is no stranger to a five-setter. work.
1:10 p.m.: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the 2022 French Open men’s final. Rafael Nadal is aiming for a historic 14th French Open title while Casper Ruud is contesting a Grand Slam final for the first time ever. his career. The gap between experience at this point really couldn’t be greater, but we’re still set for some epic final hours of tennis in a tournament that has delivered plenty of classic moments over the past two weeks.
Game face 🔛
— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) June 5, 2022
How to watch Rafael Nadal vs. Casper Ruud in the French Open final
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