Rafael Nadal is now a record 14-time French Open champion and there is no doubt that he is absolutely the best and most dominant clay court player in tennis history. On Sunday, Nadal easily beat Casper Ruud in the French Open final 6-3 6-3 6-0.
Nadal now has a record 14 French Open titles and also holds a record for the most Grand Slams (22). Following Nadal's latest French Open victory, former Australian Open tournament director Paul McNamee shared his thoughts on the Spaniard's clay court dominance.
"How it is possible to win so much on clay? Because it’s the most honest surface-all facets of your game are tested & less prone to luck. All but rarely, the better clay court player wins & 9/10 that’s the one with the best shot on the court.
Which was Borg, and is always Nadal (king crown emoji)," McNamee tweeted.
How it is possible to win so much on clay? Because it’s the most honest surface-all facets of your game are tested & less prone to luck.
All but rarely, the better clay court player wins & 9/10 that’s the one with the best shot on the court. Which was Borg, and is always Nadal 👑 — 🎗️ Paul McNamee (@PaulFMcNamee) June 5, 2022
Nadal wins Roland Garros again
Last year, Nadal was beaten by Novak Djokovic in the French Open semifinal.
“For me having this trophy next to me again means everything. [It] has been [an] emotional victory, without a doubt. Unexpected in some ways. [I am] very happy,” Nadal said in his post-match press conference. “[It] has been a great two weeks.
I played from the beginning, improving every day. Finishing [by] playing a good final. [I am] super happy and can't thank everybody enough for the support since the first day that I arrived here. [It is] very emotional”.
The week before the French Open, some feared Nadal might be forced to skip the tournament. Not only that Nadal was able to compete at Roland Garros, he ended up winning the tournament. “I didn't want to talk about the foot during the tournament.
I said I'm going to speak after the tournament, and now I can speak because I wanted to focus on my tennis and respect my rivals. I was able to play during these two weeks with extreme conditions,” Nadal said. “I have been playing with injections on the nerves to sleep the foot, and that's why I was able to play during these two weeks."