Overcoming Casper Ruud in straight sets Sunday, Rafael Nadal won the French Open for the fourteenth time and his 22nd significant title.
The 36-year-old Nadal became the oldest champion in the tournament’s history with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 victory. Andres Gimeno, 34, was the oldest champion ever to win the tournament in 1972.
In the second set, Ruud led 3-1, a deficit that spurred Nadal to raise his game — he took the last 11 games. The six games Nadal lost Sunday tied for his second-fewest in a major final.
Having won six significant finals with less than ten games surrendered, he broke a bind with Richard Sears for the most by a man in tennis history.
At 19, the Spaniard came out on top for his most memorable Paris championship in 2005. No man or lady has won the singles prize more than he did in Paris in any significant competition. Nadal has likewise brought home more Grand Slam championships than any other individual.
Nadal's previous year has not been simple, in spite of the fact that he doesn't seem, by all accounts, to be dialing back.
Nadal missed Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics, and the US Open in 2021 because of a left foot injury.
Having won the Australian Open in January, he broke the bind with Novak Djokovic (who was absent because of his absence of COVID-19 immunization) and Roger Federer (who is sidelined after a progression of knee medical procedures) at 20 significant prizes.).
However, from that point forward, Nadal missed time with a rib injury and limped around with a foot injury during the Italian Open.