Defeating Casper Ruud in straight sets Sunday, Rafael Nadal won the French Open for the 14th time and his 22nd major 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 major finals with fewer than ten games conceded, he broke a tie with Richard Sears for the most by a man in tennis history.
At 19, the Spaniard won his first Paris title in 2005. No man or woman has won the singles trophy more than he did in Paris in any major tournament. Nadal has also won more Grand Slam titles than anyone else.
Nadal’s past year has not been easy, although he does not appear to be slowing down.
Nadal missed Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics, and the US Open in 2021 due to a left foot injury.
Having won the Australian Open in January, he broke the tie with Novak Djokovic (who wasn’t present due to his lack of COVID-19 vaccination) and Roger Federer (who is sidelined after a series of knee surgeries) at 20 major trophies.).
But after that, Nadal missed time with a rib injury and limped around with a foot injury during the Italian Open.