Rafael Nadal lifted his 14th Roland Garros title last week, restoring order in Paris and leading Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic by two major crowns. Along with his team and his family, Spanish King Felipe VI was among the spectators on the Philippe-Chatrier track at Sunday’s final.
Rafa gave the king a joy, beating Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in two hours and 18 minutes, and lifting the 22nd Major trophy. It was Nadal’s 14th win in as many finals in Paris and his 112th win in 115 matches at his beloved Grand Slam.
Despite many setbacks with injuries, Rafa has won the first two Majors of the season for the first time in his career and has written new pages in the history books. King Felipe VI congratulated Nadal after the match and described him as the most important Spanish athlete of all time.
Nadal defeated Félix Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round in five sets, allowing him to start again in the decider and set the quarter-final clash against Novak Djokovic.
Nadal won the French Open last week
According to Rafael Nadal, when there are families suffering and kids dying, nothing else matters, least of all the decisions of Wimbledon and the ATP.
“First of all, the world of tennis is zero. When you see families and kids dying and suffering, the rest of the things don’t matter. It doesn’t matter what Wimbledon does or what ATP does because the real thing and the real drama is that people are dying and a lot of families are suffering.
That’s the main thing, the rest of the things don’t matter,” Nadal said. “The UK Government has set out directive guidance for sporting bodies and events in the UK with the specific aim of limiting Russia’s influence.
We have considered at length the options available. These are in effect two options — declining entries or allowing entries, but only with specific declarations against the invasion of Ukraine from individual players,” Hewitt said.
Further, their most recent clash was also in the red dirt of Paris. They locked horns in the quarterfinals of 2022 French Open where, after a tough battle, Nadal took down the defending champion in four sets and by a scoreline of 6-2 4-6 6-2 6-7(4).