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Friday, 03 February 2023 5.11 PM IST

Nadal demolishes Ruud to claim record-extending 14th French Open

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PARIS: World Number five Rafael Nadal came up with a dominant display against World no.8 Casper Ruud to win the men's singles final match 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 at the Court Philippe-Chatrier on Sunday to clinch his record 14th French Open crown and his 22nd grand slam title.


Rafael Nadal took a 2-0 lead after winning the toss and choosing to serve first. Casper Ruud made a comeback in the next game to make it 1-2 but Nadal was in sublime form breaking the Norwegian for the second consecutive time in the opening set to extend his lead 3-1. The 36-year old then went on to win the opening set by a convincing margin of 6-3.


In the second set, Casper Ruud broke Nadal in the fourth game to take a crucial 3-1 lead but the Spaniard clawed his way back, breaking him in the next game and from there on he never looked back as won all the games to take the second set with a similar score line as first set of 6-3.


In the third set, Ruud was no match to Rafa as the "king of clay court" won the set 6-0. With this win, Rafael Nadal won his 14th French Open crown and his 22nd grand slam title and is ahead of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic who have won 20 grand slams each.

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