Nadal beats Casper Ruud for 14th French Open title


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Rafael Nadal has reclaimed his crown as the king of the French Open, after winning a record 14th title by beating Norway's Casper Ruud in straight sets.


Nadal, 36, won 6-3 6-3 6-0 against the Norwegian eighth seed to also extend his record number of Grand Slam men's singles titles to 22.


He moves two ahead of his great rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Nadal, who lost to Djokovic in the semi-finals last year, has won 112 of his 115 matches on the Paris clay.


After also winning the Australian Open in January, Nadal has claimed back-to-back major titles for the first time since 2010 - when he won the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in a row.


In his winner speech, Nadal suggested that he will not leave the sport just yet and instead “keep fighting”


"For me personally, it’s very difficult to describe the feelings that I have.


"It’s something that I never believed to be here at 36; being competitive again, playing on the most important court of my career. It means [an awful] lot to me.


"I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I’m going to keep fighting."


Ruud said: “We know what a champion you are, and today, I got to experience playing against you in a final. It’s not easy, and I’m not the first victim. There have been many before!


“You are a true inspiration. [Not just] for me, for anyone who follows tennis around the world, We all hope that you continue for [longer].”


Two days after his 36th birthday, Nadal becomes the oldest French Open men's singles champion and surpasses fellow Spaniard Andres Gimeno, who won aged 34 in 1972.