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Nadal wins 14th French Open for 22nd overall grand slam title

Nadal wins 14th French Open for 22nd overall grand slam title

Jun 06
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Rafael Nadal won his 14th French Open title on Sunday, reinforcing his status as the “King of Clay.” The 36-year-old Spaniard beat Norwegian Casper Ruud in straight sets (6-3, 6-3, 6-0) in just under an hour and a half.

It was also his record 22nd Grand Slam title, and he won despite having to play with a foot numbed by medication.


Nadal became the oldest man to win a French Open title. He broke the record held by Andres Gimeno (also from Spain), who was 34 years and 305 days old when he captured Roland Garros in 1972.

"He's the greatest clay court player of all time and one of the greatest all-around players."

- Casper Rudd

Nadal exposed Rudd's backhand

There were only four backhand winners in Ruud’s entire match, none of which were groundstrokes, and only one in the first set. He committed 15 of his 23 forced errors in the match on the backhand, indicating Nadal’s dominance in crosscourt rallies.

Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

"I could probably tell you all the finals and who he has played and who he has beaten, because I watched them all on TV."

- Casper Ruud

What About Wimbledon?

Nadal is hopeful that he will be able to compete at Wimbledon, which starts in three weeks, but it is doubtful that he will play any warm-up events.

Wimbledon Jul 12, 2019; London, United Kingdom; General view of Centre Court during the Roger Federer (SUI) and Rafael Nadal (ESP) match on day 11 at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club.  Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Where does Nadal rank?

SportsWriters Top 10 Men’s Tennis Players GOAT

  1. ESP Nadal (Active)
  2. SUI Federer (Active)
  3. SRB Djokovic (Active)
  4. USA Connors
  5. SWE Borg
  6. USA Sampras
  7. USA McEnroe
  8. USA Lendl
  9. USA Agassi
  10. AUS Laver

Men’s Tennis: Players with the Most Tournaments Won – Singles (Open Era)

Rank Country Name Titles
1  USA Jimmy Connors 109
2  SUI Roger Federer 103
3  USA Ivan Lendl 94
4  ESP Rafael Nadal 92
5  SRB Novak Djokovic 87
6  USA John McEnroe 77
7  AUS Rod Laver 72
8  SWE Bjorn Borg 66
9  ROU Ilie Nastase 65
10  USA Pete Sampras 64

Men’s Tennis: Players with the Most Grand Slam Tournaments Won – Singles

Australian Open
French Open
US Open
Rafael Nadal 22 2 14 4 2
Novak Djokovic 20 9 2 3 6
Roger Federer 20 6 1 5 8
Pete Sampras 14 2 5 7
Roy Emerson 12 6 2 2 2
Björn Borg 11 6 5
Rod Laver 11 3 2 2 4
Bill Tilden 10 7 3
Andre Agassi 8 4 1 2 1
Jimmy Connors 8 1 5 2
Ivan Lendl 8 2 3 3
Fred Perry 8 1 1 3 3
Ken Rosewall 8 4 2 2

“Well, is very simple to understand for me. I don’t know, sometimes for you it’s a little bit different. It’s not about being the best of the history. It’s not about the records. It’s about I like what I do, you know. I like to play tennis. And I like the competition."

- Rafael Nadal

"He is a great champion, he is humble. He is the best athlete I have ever seen in any sport."

- John McEnroe

What's wrong with Nadal's Foot?

The tennis great started his Roland Garros campaign under an injury cloud as his chronic foot problem flared up during the Italian Open at the beginning of May. If the latest treatment, radiofrequency ablation of a nerve in Nadal’s foot, did not work, the Spaniard admitted he would consider undergoing surgery, potentially ending his dazzling career.

“I was able to play during these two weeks with extreme conditions. I have been playing with injections on the nerves. That’s why I was able to play during these two weeks, because I have no feeling in my foot."

- Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer says "Never underestimate a great champion. Your incredible work ethic, dedication and fighting spirit are an inspiration to me and many others around the world," via France 24


- Rafael Nadal

  • French Open

    The French Open , also known as Roland-Garros , is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, beginning in late May each year.

  • Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal Parera ˈɛl nəˈðal pəˈɾeɾə], Spanish: ; born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player. He is ranked world No.

  • Casper Ruud

    Casper Ruud is a Norwegian professional tennis player. He is the first Norwegian to win an ATP title and to reach an ATP Tour Masters 1000 final.