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Nadal beats Ruud to emerge champion of French Open for 14th time



Rafael Nadal has emerged as the champion of the 2022 French Open after beating Casper Ruud in the men’s final in Paris on Sunday.

The Spaniard won 6-3 6-3 6-0 against eighth seed Ruud to also extend his record number of Grand Slam men’s singles titles to 22.

With the triumph, Nadal moves two Slam titles ahead of his great rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Two days after his 36th birthday, Nadal becomes the oldest French Open men’s singles champion and surpasses fellow Spaniard Andres Gimeno, who won aged 34 in 1972.

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Nadal and Ruud were watched on by royalty from their respective nations, with Spain’s King Felipe sitting next to Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, on the front row.

“We know you’re a great champion and I got to feel what it is like to play against you in a final. I am not the first victim,” Ruud told Nadal in his runners-up speech.

Nadal said: “For me personally, it is very difficult to describe the feelings that I have. It’s something that I never believed; I would be here at 36, being competitive again, playing in the most important court of my career one more time in a final.

“It means everytrhing to me. It means a lot of energy to try to keep going. I just want to say merci, merci beaucoup.”

In the women’s singles final at the weekend, top seed Iga Swiatek defeated Coco Gauff in straight sets to win her second Grand Slam title.

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