Rafael Nadal confirmed his reputation as the “king of slag” and wrote a new page of history on Sunday, winning his 14th trophy at Roland Garros. Witnesses in the stands for this performance were even real royal faces, but also celebrities. In the end, the Spaniard was congratulated from the stands by the King of Spain himself, Felipe VI, but also by the Crown Prince of Norway.
Rafael Nadal, the world number 5, at the age of 36, just won the Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros on Sunday, passing without problems, with the score of 6-3, 6-3, 6-0, the Norwegian Casper Ruud (No. 8 ATP), who, at the age of 23, was present for the first time in the last act of a competition of such magnitude.
In the final played on Sunday at the Philippe Chatrier arena at Roland Garros, the Iberian champion left no chance to his opponent, who, by the way, is training at Rafael Nadal’s academy since 2018. Nadal was the one who dominated the hostilities from the beginning to another, claiming victory after 2 hours and 18 minutes of play, under the watchful eye of King Philip VI of Spain, present in the stands. Casper Ruud also had royal supporters in the stands, in the person of the Crown Prince of the Norwegian Crown and his wife. Actors Hugh Grant, along with his wife Anna Elisabet Eberstein, Michael Douglas, Sienna Miller and Oli Green were in the stands at the Roland Garros 2022 final. tribunes, to shake hands with the absolute king of the Roland Garros arena.
Rafael Nadal is the tennis player with the most Grand Slam titles in history: 22. He has thus distanced himself from his great rivals, the Serbian Novak Djokovic and the Swiss Roger Federer, both with 20 major titles each.
Rafael Nadal: I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I’m going to fight
“I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m going to fight to get back as many years as possible,” said the Spaniard at Roland Garros, holding the Musketeers’ Cup, his second major trophy this season. , after the Australian Open.
The 18-year-old Spanish champion has been suffering from osteonecrosis of the navicular bone – or tarsal scaphoid – also known as Muller-Weiss syndrome, a “chronic and incurable” degenerative disease that forced him to end the 2021 season in August. The pain was too great. However, he returned to the circuit earlier this year and managed to win the 21st Grand Slam title of his career in January in Melbourne.
“It’s hard to describe how I feel. It is incredible to be here at the age of 36 and to win the most important tournament of his career “, confessed Nadal, who had previously suggested that this could be his last participation in Roland Garros, reports the Spanish agency EFE, taken over by Agerpres.
Nadal thanked his team for their hard work and support. “Without you, I would have retired from sports a long time ago,” he told them.
His opponent in the final, Casper Ruud, confessed that he now knows what it’s like to play against Nadal in a final. “I had the opportunity to play a final against you, it’s not easy, today I saw this, but I’m not the first victim, there have been others before”, joked the young Ruud, who also reached a historic performance for Norwegian tennis. “The most important thing is to congratulate Rafa on his fourteenth victory. I want to thank his team and his family for welcoming me (to Nadal’s Academy) and teaching me so much. I hope you will continue to shine for many years to come, ”said the Norwegian“ slag king ”.
Casper Ruud has been training at Rafael Nadal’s Academy since September 2018, and this has helped him become the player with the most matches (66 with Sunday’s) and the most titles (7) on clay, starting in 2020.
Editor: Luana Pavaluca
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