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French Open: Nadal reclaims title with win over Ruud

Rafael Nadal has won a record-extending fourteenth French Open title after a resounding defeat of Norway's Casper Ruud in three straight sets to consolidate on his "king of clay" tag at the Rolland Garros. The Spaniard, 36, won 6-3 6-3 and 6-0 against the Norwegian to extend his record number of men's Grand Slam singles titles to twenty two, moving ahead of his rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic with two titles. Having won the Australian Open in January against Daniil Medvedev, the French Open win was Nadal's successive win of major Grand Slam titles for the first time since 2010 when he won the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in a row. And two days after his 36th birthday, the King of Clay becomes the oldest French Open men's singles champion and surpasses fellow Spaniard Andres Gimeno, who won aged 34 in 1972. Nadal, after taking his second match point to win in two hours and 18 minutes, dropped his racquet to the court in awe. The Prince of Mallorca, who lost to Djokovic in the semi-finals last year, has won 112 of his 115 matches on the Paris clay. "It takes a lot of energy to keep going. I want to say 'merci, merci beaucoup'," Nadal said after lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires. "I don't know what will happen in the future but I will keep fighting to keep going."

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