The French Open just concluded, and it was an epic battle with plenty of fun to enjoy. We had plenty of exciting ties to watch from the qualifying rounds to the final. Many players fought to the end to try to win their matches, and it was fun for the spectators in France. With the incredible showdown, the Roland Garros was a success.
After the qualifying rounds, we saw the top players enter the fray for the competition to start correctly. It was an incredible moment where we had players try to compete on clay for the second grand slam title of the year. However, like in the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400, the top picks remained the favorites all through the competition.
We had Nadal, Alcaraz, Djokovic, Zverev, Cilic, and Ruud make it to the final stages, and the competition gave us an epic ride throughout. In most cases, the games were unpredictable, and we could not tell who would win the competition. The King of Clay made another mark in France.
As we watched the players pair up, we saw Nadal in his element, and everyone familiar with the recent history of the event would know that beating Nadal on Clay is near impossible. Therefore, we were not surprised to see the Spanish giant win his 14th Roland Garros title in his exciting career.
The road to number 14 wasn’t very smooth, with many top players showing their strength and trying to take out the king. In that case, let’s look at how Nadal was able to conquer France for the 14th time in less than 20 years.
Nadal and the Clay Love Story
It all began when Nadal entered professional tennis and qualified for his first grand slam in 2005 after barely turning 19. Since then it has been dominating the competition, losing only four in the last 17 years. After winning three on a stretch and another four on a row, he has tagged the King of Clay.
Everyone familiar with Roland Garros can testify to how incredible Nadal is on clay and what he brings to the table. It is not an easy feat to dominate a grand slam for many years and continue to show that he is the number one favorite when it comes to playing on clay. Therefore, we will keep seeing him give some exciting showdowns as he enters more French Open competitions.
Djokovic, Ruud, Zverev, and Alcaraz
This year seemed like we would have other top players dominate the competition. Carlos Alcaraz was one of many top betting sites’ picks to win the competition. However, he could not live up to the hype as he was defeated in the quarterfinals by Zverev, who retired after the first round due to a significant injury.
As a result, Nadal had a free pass to the final, where he faced Ruud, and he was entirely on fire, defeating the youngster in straight sets. However, before the semifinal match against Zverev, Nadal faced Novak Djokovic in a fierce battle. It was an epic that ended in favor of Nadal even though he was the underdog going into the war matchup.
The tournament didn’t lack competition, and we saw many players come up with exciting tactics and strategies. It was epic from start to finish, and the best players made it to the final round of the competition. For Nadal, his seven-match run started against world number 74, Jordan Thompson, who tried his best to put up a fight but ended up losing in three straight sets.
After that, he faced Corentin Moutet, then Botic Van De Zandschulp, where he defeated them in straight sets. However, the champion hit a snag when paired against the Canadian youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime. Nadal had to compete in the fifth round to win the game against the youngster.
Once he was done with Felix, he had to overcome the Djokovic obstacle, which he did in grand style, and after that, he was fortunate against Zverev before going into the final.
Nadal entering the final seemed to seal the fate of the competition because he had already won 13 of those. Therefore, experience and everything were on his side, and given that the opponent of the day was only in his first final, it looked like an easy win for Nadal. After the first round, it was smooth sailing for the Spaniard, and he was able to seal his 14th title.
In the last set, Ruud couldn’t take any game, and he lost 6-0, showing that the youngster still has a long way to go if he’s ever going to win his first grand slam title. However, we can all see that this is Nadal’s year, and we look forward to him playing in the other two Grand Slams if he can make it 4/4 this year.
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