When one thinks about Roland Garros the name of Spanish tennis legend Rafa Nadal automatically comes to mind. If there has ever been a player that can brag about having Philippe-Chatrier as almost a 2nd home it’s Nadal. In this year’s tournament the story repeats itself as Nadal will once again be playing in the finals of the Men’s French Open Tennis Tournament against Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud. After a couple of semifinals matchups that were not necessarily the ones that everyone was expecting to see, will this be yet another year in which the Spaniard Nadal dominates on the most famous clay court in the world or will Norwegian newcomer Casper Ruud perform one of the biggest upsets in tennis recently?
Once Rafa Nadal eliminated former No.1 tennis player in the world Novak Djokovic in one of the best tennis matches in recent times in the quarterfinals of this year’s Roland Garros tournament it was inevitable to start envisioning Nadal winning his 14th French Open title in his career. While those could be some strong fighting words, at the end of the day, the fact that he is on the verge of winning his 14th title in the tournament, while this will be the first time his opponent reaches the finals should say a lot about Nadal’s expertise playing at Philippe-Chatrier court in Paris. After dispatching Alexander Zverev in their semifinals match, one where sadly Zverev had to leave because of an injury, Nadal is looking better than ever to go for the title once again in Paris.
Nadal plays like time has done absolutely nothing to his powers and talents, again making it rather easy to see why he is considered as the initial favorite to take the title once again. While the level of pressure to once again perform at the highest level will be something that Nadal will have to play against on Sunday, if there is one player that has shown time and time again that when it comes to playing the biggest games in Paris nothing really defaces him it’s Nadal. Even when he looks like he’s about to finally succumb to the pressure of always being an overwhelming favorite, when the time comes to hit the court and play, that’s always usually when Nadal shows his best tennis.
For Norwegian tennis player Casper Ruud, his road to his first Roland Garros finals has had a little bit of everything. After winning his first match of the tournament because of former French great tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga having to retire because of a shoulder injury that ended up being the signal for his retirement from the sport, Ruud had to battle through some of the hardest matches in the tournament to make it to the finals. After sending Lorenzo Sonego packing in five sets and Hubert Hurkacz and Holger Rune in four, Croatian Marin Čilić was his last stop on his way to making it to his first finals, coincidentally against the founder of the tennis academy he trained at in his youth, Rafa Nadal.
While Ruud could end up putting up a solid battle against one of the best tennis players in the history of the sport, this is Nadal’s tournament to win, but do not sleep on the Norwegian star moving forward after this.
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