ATP Roland Garros: Rafael Nadal eases past Casper Ruud and wins 22nd Major



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ATP Roland Garros: Rafael Nadal eases past Casper Ruud and wins 22nd Major

Rafael Nadal claimed the 14th Roland Garros title following a one-sided 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 triumph over Casper Ruud. As was expected, Rafa had the advantage in his kingdom on Court Philippe-Chatrier against the first-time Major finalist.

He did not play at his best in the opening two sets, but it was more than enough to topple the Norwegian and lift the trophy in two hours and 18 minutes. Thus, the Spaniard secured the 22nd Major crown two days after turning 36, adding it to his Australian Open trophy and extending the gap in the GOAT race with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal claimed the 22nd Major title over Casper Ruud in Paris.

Despite foot issues and no form ahead of Paris, Rafa showed his brilliance once again at his favorite Major, conquering it for the 14th time from 18 trips to Paris and extending his legacy.

Nadal made the difference with the first serve and return, losing serve twice but delivering eight breaks from 16 opportunities. The Spaniard tamed his strokes nicely and fired 37 winners and 18 unforced errors. He pushed the youngster's backhand to the limits and left them miles behind in the more advanced exchanges to seal the deal in straight sets and remain in the Roland Garros finals.