The 2022 French Open could be the final competition for 36-year-old Rafa Nadal. Rafael Nadal entered the tournament suffering from a rare condition that could force his retirement.
Rafael Nadal reached the final of the 14th French Open on Friday after Alexander Sverev retired with an ankle injury, but it wasn’t just the German who suffered.
Nadal has been playing with considerable pain throughout the Roland Garros tournament and overall last year. The 36-year-old tennis star suffers from a rare degenerative condition called Mueller-Weiss that affects the bones of the foot.
Nadal contracted the disease in 2005 at the age of 19, and all these years he beat all odds by playing tennis at this level. Mueller-Weiss syndrome can affect one or both feet – Nadal only has it in his left foot.
Rafa Nadal numbs his left leg
Nadal administered an anesthetic to his left leg to take part in the French Open, according to Spanish journalist Angel Garcia. Nadal has previously admitted to taking anti-inflammatory drugs “daily” in order to be able to train.
Garcia also said that the bone in Nadal’s foot had necrosis, meaning that the tissue was dying due to insufficient blood supply. Necrosis could mean Nadal will have surgery and be forced to retire after the Roland Garros tournament.
Nadal (5) will face Casper Ruud (8). This French Open final will be Nadal’s 30th Grand Slam final match.
Rafael Nadal beat Casper Ruud to become champion
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal defeated Norway’s Casper Ruud in the French Open men’s singles final to win his 14th Roland Garros title.
In the men’s singles final of the French Open (Roland Garros), the notable name of the tournament, Casper Ruud, faced Rafael Nadal, known as the ‘Landlord’. Rafael Nadal won the championship by defeating Casper Ruud, who was in the first Grand Slam final of his career, without a set.
Nadal, who showed a very superior performance against his opponent, became the champion by beating Ruud 3-0 with 6-3, 6-3 and 6-0 sets. Thus, the Spanish tennis player reached the championship again after a one-year hiatus at the French Open, which Novak Djokovic won last year. Nadal achieved great success by winning 14 Grand Slam titles at the French Open and 22 overall.
After beating Cilic, 23-year-old Casper Ruud got his first Grand Slam final ticket of his career. Ruud also became the first Norwegian racket to reach the final in Roland Garros history.
On the other hand, Rafael Nadal, who had an 8-to-1 advantage against his opponents who made it to the finals for the first time at Roland Garros, also defeated Ruud and continued his great streak. The Spanish legend only lost to Stanislas Wawrinka in 2014 in the Roland Garros final.
Ruud, who took the court to be the second name to beat Nadal in the Roland Garros final, could not get a set against his legendary opponent.