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Rafa Nadal Casper Ruud French Open final 2022

Relentless Rafael Nadal dominates Casper Ruud to win 14th Roland Garros crown

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Rafael Nadal has shown his Roland Garros dominance again as he thrashed Casper Ruud to win a 14th French Open title.

Nadal came into the match as a heavy favourite against the inexperienced Norwegian.

And he absolutely lived up to his billing with a typically powerful display.

Nadal early in the first set before going a break down for 3-1 Ruud early in the second.

But Nadal responded immediately to steamroll the 23-year-old as the match wore on.

The Spaniard won the last 11 games from that point to cruise to a 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 win and a 22nd Grand Slam title.

Former world number one Mats Wilander told Eurosport: “We are witnessing sports history with Rafael Nadal.

“We thought it before, and now even more so.

“John McEnroe said he will never be beaten [at Roland Garros].

“And no, this record [of 14 titles] will never be beaten at a Grand Slam.

“Will this record be beaten in any sporting event that’s annual?

“That’s the question.”

Former world number four Tim Henman added: “It was an absolutely phenomenal performance from Nadal.

“He was relentless, ruthless and a very worthy champion.”

Ruud will come away from the tournament with a career-high ranking of world number six.

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