First uneventful game for the Mallorcan, very well into this final. Obvious tactical options with a willingness to work with his forehand on his opponent’s backhand to create the opening and maneuver as he pleases. The Norwegian tries to respond with his forehand but he was dominated in the rally in this first game.
Let’s go !
The first point is for Nadal. Note that the roof is open for the moment.
Equivalent time on the court
6:08 p.m. for Nadal, 6:02 p.m. for Ruud.
This is the longest time he has been on the court.
The first “Rafa” come down from the stands
Many Spaniards are present, while Rafael Nadal will serve first, after a few minutes of warming up.
Nadal wins by applause meter
Unsurprisingly, the bull of Manacor is warmly welcomed by the public, he who has already won 13 times Porte d’Auteuil.
The players are in the corridors of the Philippe-Chatrier
Player entry is imminent!
Christian Bîmes does not think about Nadal’s last match at Roland-Garros
Former president of the French Tennis Federation, Christian Bîmes does not think that Rafael Nadal will play his last match at Roland-Garros this Sunday in the final against Casper Ruud
In a few minutes, the final will begin!
In the meantime, a little throwback to the 13 works of Rafael Nadal in pictures.
Garcia and Mladenovic win the women’s doubles!
Having started badly, the French women overturned everything to win in three sets (2-6, 6-3, 6-2) against the American pair Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff, in 1h44 of play. This is the second title at Roland-Garros for the Garcia/Mladenovic pair, after 2016.
Double break for the French
Garcia and Mladenovic again take the service of the Americans and lead 3-0 in the 3rd set. Serve to lead 4-0.
Mladenovic/Garcia stick together!
Despite pressure from the Gauff/Pegula pair, Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic hold on and win the second set (6-3). There will be a final decisive set.
In the meantime, Mladenovic and Garcia revive in the doubles final
Opposed to Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula in the doubles final, Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic started their match badly by losing 6-2 in the first set. But the French reacted perfectly and broke the Americans twice (4-0) in the second set.
Nadal maintains vagueness regarding a possible retirement
In an interview given to France Télévisions, which will be broadcast before the final, Rafael Nadal admits to being in the dark about the rest of his career.
“I don’t know, I wish I could give a clearer answer but at the moment I don’t know. There is one thing that is clear and that is that I would very much like to come back here to Roland-Garros for a few years but I have a foot problem that does not allow me to train a lot. My goal is to come back here, but the possibility exists that I cannot, he continues. After this tournament, we will try to find solutions for my foot. There are very difficult days but I will do everything to keep playing. I will give myself all the means to come here again.”
Mauresmo maintains suspense over Nadal’s future
Asked about a possible retirement of Rafael Nadal, which would be announced at the end of the final, during his press conference this Sunday, Amélie Mauresmo, director of Roland-Garros, maintained the vagueness: “There is always enormous interest in the final. I don’t know what’s going to happen. We don’t have any particular information on Rafa’s side. The history he has with the tournament, the 14th coronation, that’s enough to keep us going. I prefer not to think about that and tell myself that we are going to enjoy this game.”
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