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All about French Open champion Rafael Nadal

June 05, 2022 21:51 IST
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Rafael Nadal pulled away to beat Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in the French Open final on Sunday for his 14th championship at Roland Garros and 22nd Grand Slam title overall, adding to two records he already owned.

Nadal's victory came two days after his 36th birthday and made him the oldest title winner in the history of the clay-court tournament.

Factbox on Spain's Rafael Nadal:

Rafael Nadal

IMAGE: Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Age: 36

Country: Spain

ATP ranking: 5 (Highest ranking: 1)

Seeding: 5

 

Grand Slam titles (22): Australian Open (2009, 2022); French Open (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022); Wimbledon (2008, 2010); U.S. Open (2010, 2013, 2017, 2019)

ROAD TO FINAL

First round: Jordan Thompson (Australia) 6-2 6-2 6-2

Second round: Corentin Moutet (France) 6-3 6-1 6-4

Third round: 26-Botic Van De Zandschulp (Netherlands) 6-3 6-2 6-4

Fourth round: 9-Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada) 3-6 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3

Quarter-finals: 1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6(4)

Semi-finals: 3-Alexander Zverev (Germany) 7-6(8) 6-6 retired

EARLY LIFE

- Born in Manacor, Spain to Sebastian Nadal and Ana Maria Parera.

- His uncle Miguel Angel Nadal was a former soccer player who represented Barcelona, RCD Mallorca and the Spain national team.

- Introduced to tennis by another uncle, Toni, who encouraged his naturally right-handed nephew to play left-handed as it would give him an advantage.

- Turned professional in 2001 and won the junior Davis Cup with Spain in 2002. Won the ATP newcomer of the year in 2003.

CAREER TO DATE

- Won his first ATP singles title in Poland in 2004.

- Defeated world number two Andy Roddick to guide Spain to the Davis Cup title in 2004. He won the tournament again in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2019.

- Won the French Open on debut in 2005 and a year later beat Roger Federer in the final.

- In 2007, he became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win a hat-trick of Roland Garros titles.

- Won his first Wimbledon title in 2008 with a five-set victory over Roger Federer, a match dubbed the 'the greatest tennis match in history'.

- Won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics for Spain in singles. Clinched the doubles gold with Marc Lopez at the 2016 Rio Games.

- Suffered his first French Open loss in 2009 to Sweden's Robin Soderling in the fourth round.

- Regained the title the following year, beating Soderling in the final. He also won Wimbledon for a second time in 2010 before claiming his first U.S. Open title, becoming the seventh man to win all four Grand Slams.

- Matched Borg's record of six French Open titles with his 2011 victory and overtook the Swede in 2012.

- Became the first man with eight titles at the same Grand Slam when he beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the 2013 final at Roland Garros. He also won the U.S. Open that year.

- Became the first man to win five successive French Open titles in 2014.

- Won his second Grand Slam of 2017 at Flushing Meadows after a 10th French Open title in June.

- Claimed an 11th French Open title and his 17th major with victory over Dominic Thiem in 2018.

- Defeated Thiem again in 2019 final to seal his 12th Roland Garros title. He also won a fourth U.S. Open crown by defeating Russian Daniil Medvedev in the final.

- Matched Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam titles by defeating Djokovic in the French Open final in 2020.

- Got his 1,000th victory on the ATP Tour at the 2020 Paris Masters, becoming the fourth man in the professional era to achieve it.

- Suffered only his third-ever loss at Roland Garros in 2021 when he was beaten by Djokovic in the semi-finals.

- Missed chunks of the 2021 season, including Wimbledon, the Olympics and the U.S. Open, due to a long-standing foot injury.

- Defeated Daniil Medvedev in the 2022 Australian Open final to win a men's record 21st Grand Slam title.

- Beat Norway's Ruud to extend his record with his 22nd Grand Slam title and 14th French Open title.

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