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Benny Worthy Jr
Rafael Nadal's mastery at Roland Garros knows no bounds.
Nadal extended his record of French Open singles titles to 14 on Sunday, dispatching No. 8 seed Casper Ruud of Norway 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 to become, at age 36, the oldest champion in tournament history.
The fifth-seeded Spaniard also extended his record of men's Grand Slam singles crowns to 22.
Battling a painful foot injury that recently had him contemplating retiring from the sport, Nadal excelled in the return game against Ruud, the first Norwegian to ever appear in a men's major final.
Nadal broke serve three times to win the opening set in 51 minutes, then won the second set on another service break when Ruud double-faulted on set point. Ruud, 23, broke Nadal's serve early in the second set to take a 3-1 lead, but Nadal's experience on the grand stage was too much to overcome as the veteran Spaniard won the final five games of the set -- and 11 consecutive games overall to close out the match.
After winning the Australian Open in January, Nadal is now 2-for-2 in Grand Slams in 2022. However, his ailing foot won't have much recovery time with Wimbledon getting underway in just three weeks.
With 22 major singles titles, Nadal moved two ahead of rival Novak Djokovic, whom he beat in the quarterfinals in Paris, on the all-time list. Only Serena Williams with 23 and Margaret Court with 24 have won more.
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