Iga Swiatek won her 35th straight match to win the 2022 Roland Garros on Sunday. The world no. 1 beat US’ Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 to lift her sixth straight title this year. Never at any point throughout the match, or throughout the tournament to be fair, did the Pole seem to be in any doubt. The first set was an absolute breeze for the world no. 1 who completely blew Gauff away with her quick and aggressive tennis. Swiatek has always moved around the court with the flair and the speed that literally nobody in the tournament has displayed. The second set did see Gauff fight back a bit but it was never going to be enough.
Ahead of the tournament, Swiatek was not someone that people just expected to win. It was like fans had accepted that there could be no one that could beat her. That is the level at which the world no. 1 has been playing and it indeed is a thing of beauty. The Pole consistently had a higher win percentage in both first and second serves throughout the match as she thoroughly asserted her dominance over the young American. It was a deserving victory for the top seed and she will look to take this winning form to Wimbledon up ahead.
Casper Ruud will tee off against 13-time champion Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2022 Roland Garros. Nadal got past third seed Alexander Zverev in the semi-final after the German was forced to withdraw due to what looked like a serious injury. The Spanish tennis legend had also beaten world no. 1 and tournament favourite Novak Djokovic in the quarter final. Ruud, on the other hand, has had a comparatively simpler time at the Grand Slam so far. The eighth seed defeated Marin Cilic in the semis and an unseeded Holger Rune in the quarter-finals. It is the first time ever Ruud has made it to the final of a Grand Slam.
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Rafael Nadal reached his 14th Roland Garros final on Friday, after Alexander Zverev’s epic struggle was cut short on the eve of a second-set tie-break in a match that had already lasted more than three hours due to a significant ankle injury. One of the season’s most exciting matches was cut short at 7-6(8), 6-6 on Court Philippe Chatrier when the German had to leave the court in a wheelchair after badly rolling his right ankle while hunting down a Nadal forehand deep behind the baseline.
Casper Ruud is going strong in his Roland Garros journey, which is already in its second week. The 23-year-old reached his first major quarter-final earlier this month, becoming the first Norwegian man to do so, and is now through to the final after defeating Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the semi-finals on Friday. In Sunday’s final, the eighth seed will face Rafael Nadal for the first time, hoping to deny the Spaniard a record-extending 14th Roland Garros triumph and 22nd Grand Slam singles title. Ruud has been training at the Spaniard’s Mallorca academy since September 2018, heightening the anticipation for the title match.