Roland Garros: Nadal takes a lesson against Roode as he wins his fourteenth title and twenty-second Major in Paris


They beat the Norwegians 6–3, 6–3, and 6–0 in one of the easiest finals ever.

Nadal celebrates a point against Rudow
Nadal celebrates a point against RudowThomas SamsonAFP

Paris applauds Rafael Nadal and his oldest champion like never before. Reserved for many years, when not hostile, local fans paid tribute to the Spaniard for winning his fourteenth cup, which he defeated Casper Roode 6–3, 6–3, 6–0 in two hours and 18 minutes. Defeated and made his own. It is also his twenty-second Grand Slam title after winning the Australian Open earlier this year. Nadal, who never managed to take the first two on the same course big companies of calendarThere are already two big points ahead of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Victory comes under critical circumstances for him, perhaps due to his age and the nature of his injury, at the most critical period of his career. Nadal redeemed himself in his blessed land, becoming the third player in history to win the tournament of this weight after getting rid of three top 10Something that only Mats Wilander had achieved on these same courts in 1982 and Roger Federer at the 2017 Australian Open.

The road was not an easy one for the left-hander, who after coming from Rome was beaten by a chronic injury to his left leg in the tournament and traveled on the toughest side of the draw. In the round of 16, after persistent difficulties against Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, and Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals, Felix Auger-Aliassim was the last frontier, but not the toughest.,

It was a pure clay court final between two experts on the surface. Although Nadal has evolved in his style to become an all-terrain player, Roode defends classic clay principles. Not surprisingly, he has won seven of his eight titles on that surface, not forgetting victories in San Diego and last spring’s final at Indian Wells. The Norwegians have made their way into the ATP 250 tournaments with success, with minor competitions where their game has shown the greatest solvency. Without detracting from his career at this Roland Garros, It should not be forgotten that he was wandering in the weakest part of a box that had been opened for him after the elimination of Stefanos Tsitsipas.Runner-up in 2021 and called to be your opponent in the quarter-finals.

lack of rebellion

Such an opportunity came too soon for the 23-year-old Norwegian. Neat, applied in his game, he lacked the sharpness needed to eliminate an opponent who knows everything. He was not there when he was offered the corridor to come back from the opening break nor when what might have been considered a turning point, had two chances to avoid 4-1 in the second quarter.

He tried everything he could to protect his backhand, a priority objective from Nadal who hit him repeatedly and on a few occasions found the court open in which the Norwegian went to hit with a reverse forehand. Nervous and unremarkable, Rudd quickly missed his opportunity to level two after losing his serve and was left in an awkward setting to start: 4-1 down.

It is very difficult to beat Nadal by playing like him., Manacor’s man turned to his original version, for the player whose base camp is in the baseline and that’s enough for him to direct operations from there. Roode, who didn’t ask for more from him, was cannon fodder in that scenario. Steady, patient at building points and with good surface skills, he doesn’t have the punch of Zverev, the quality of Djokovic or the aggression of Auger-Aliassim.

Roode followed the path of the seven men who came before him in the last 13 finals. It was one of the easiest for Nadal, who came in 2008 to beat Federer 6-1, 6-3 and 6-0. There was no pity even for the Norwegian, who already knows how he spends his teacher.

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