John McEnroe made an unusual promise to Rafael Nadal after his Roland Garros victory

The American made the unusual promise after Nadal extended his series of victories in Paris, defeating the Norwegian Casper Ruud.

Nadal was in brilliant form at Roland Garros, despite having to make pre-match injections due to a chronic foot problem. The Spaniard lost only three sets during the entire tournament, consolidating his unofficial title of king of slag.

Nadal took part in the French Open for the first time at the age of 19, in 2005, and lifted the trophy on that occasion, after defeating Mariano Puerta in the final. And he continued to dominate Paris. The Spaniard has participated in the last 18 editions of the tournament in which he lost only four matches.

This year, there were doubts about the possibility of Nadal winning his first Roland Garros title after 2020, after entering the tournament taking care of the leg injury that affected him since his beginnings on the circuit. But he eliminated Jordan Thompson, Corentin Moutet and Botic van de Zandschulp in sets in the first rounds before escaping Canadian wonder Felix Auger Aliassime in five sets in the fourth round.

The 36-year-old then beat his ovate rival Novak Djokovic in a quarterfinal clash between the Titans before securing a place in the final tournament when his opponent in the semifinals, Alexander Zverev, was defeated. forced to leave the field in a wheelchair after injuring his ankle at the end of the second set. Nadal then kept his nerves strong and easily overtook Ruud in the final.

And McEnroe, who has won seven Grand Slam titles but never won the French Open trophy, clearly believes the Spaniard’s dominance in Paris will never be repeated.

“I’ve always considered myself a very normal guy, so if I did, maybe someone else can,” Nadal told a news conference after winning his last Roland Garros title.

“It is clear that the record of 22 Grand Slams is much more likely to be broken, it is possible that someone will improve this record. I’m sure this will happen. But 14 Roland Garros is very difficult. ”

Nadal’s foot problem means he may have missed Wimbledon, which begins later this month. But the Spaniard admits that he will do his best to play for the All England Club. “I will be at Wimbledon if my body is ready to be at Wimbledon,” Nadal explained.

“This is. Wimbledon is not a tournament I want to miss. I don’t think anyone wants to miss Wimbledon. I love Wimbledon. ”

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