Rafael Nadal’s 22nd Grand Slam title at Roland Garros allowed the Spaniard to extend his lead over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the number of Slams won in his career (both with 20) and once again accentuate his dominance on clay, surface in which he has won 63 tournaments (including 14 open titles on Parisian soil). Nadal beat Casper Ruud in the final with a score of 6-3 and 6-0 in two hours and 18 minutes of play. The Spaniard, in a year that started in the worst possible way, with Covid hitting him close to his return to the circuit after a long absence due to his foot injury, surprisingly dominated the first half of the season, winning the two Majors he played ( Australian Open and Roland Garros) and also winning the Melbourne and Acapulco tournaments, also reaching the Indian Wells final. A rib injury sustained during the US tournament kept him off the court for nearly two months and prevented him from reaching his best form on his favorite surface, on which he didn’t even win a tournament in qualifying. to the French Slam. However, a new victory in Paris underlined the greatness of the Manacor champion, who is now closing in on Djokovic in another special classification. Roland Garros is for Nadal the 59th ATP title among the major tournaments, taking into account the Masters 1000, ATP Finals and the Olympic Games, in addition to the majors. The Spaniard is now only four titles behind the Serbian tennis player, who has 63. Roger Federer, for his part, is further behind, with his 54 titles won. The Majorcan champion expressed all his satisfaction at having triumphed again on French clay after the success of Novak Djokovic in 2021.
Djokovic will be ready for Wimbledon
A true living legend in India, Mahesh Bhupathi, winner of 12 Grand Slam doubles tournaments between 1995 and 2016, spoke in the columns of India.com. After taking a long time to achieve Rafael Nadal’s feat at Roland Garros, the former world number 1 has spoken out on the case of Novak Djokovic, whom he considers to be the mentally strongest player in the Big 3. “He was under pressure to win the first calendar Grand Slam of his career at the US Open and he was certainly far from his best. As for the match against Nadal, it was certainly the best match at Roland‐Garros. Nadal found a way to wrap up the game. I wouldn’t rule out Novak, he’s probably the most mentally tough player we’ve seen in this generation, but that said, he has his work cut out for him. He has a lot of adversities to deal with by not taking the vaccine. We don’t even know if he will be allowed to enter Australia for the next three years. The US Open is still a question mark, whether they will allow him to play. Wimbledon is a tournament that he absolutely must win to stay in the race for Grand Slam titles.”