How Rafael Nadal has performed in Roland Garros finals over the years

With his 22nd Grand Slam win, the Spaniard has pulled away from Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the Grand Slam standings

Rafael Nadal with the French Open trophy. (Image: Twitter/Australian Open)

Rafael Nadal won his 14th Roland Garros title and a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam trophy on Sunday, defeating Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 to add to his illustrious career. With his 22nd Grand Slam win, the Spaniard has pulled away from Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the Grand Slam standings, with the Serbian and Swiss equal on 20 major titles. After improving to 112-3 at the clay-court major, Nadal is now level with countryman Carlos Alcaraz on a Tour-leading four victories in 2022 after winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros in the same season.

“For me personally, it is very difficult to describe the feelings that I have. It is something that I have never believed. To be here at 36, being competitive again on the most important court of my career,” Nadal said during the trophy ceremony. “One more title means a lot. It means a lot of energy to try and keep going…I don’t know what can happen in the future but I am going to keep fighting to try and keep going.”

Fighting through the pain

Nadal’s triumph in Paris is all the more astonishing given that he was hampered by a chronic foot problem when he lost to Denis Shapovalov in Rome just three weeks ago. He did, however, display his customary fighting abilities throughout the month in Paris to ensure he kept his grasp on the Coupe des Mousquetaires, going 14-0 in Roland Garros finals.

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”Team, family, everyone who is there. It is amazing the things that are happening this year,” Nadal said. “I just thank you very, very much for all the things you are doing for me and over the years. Without you none of this would be possible, without any doubt. Especially in the very tough moments we went through with injuries. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible. Without a doubt for me and for a lot of people who love the history of the sport, it is the best tournament in the world… You make me feel like home so I just want to say thank you very much everyone here and the French Federation.”

Nadal at Roland Garros finals

YearOpponentWin/Loss (W/L)Score
2005Mariano PuertaW6–7(6–8), 6–3, 6–1, 7–5
2006Roger FedererW1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2007Roger FedererW6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
2008Roger FedererW6–1, 6–3, 6–0
2010Robin SoderlingW6–4, 6–2, 6–4
2011Roger FedererW7–5, 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–1
2012Novak DjokovicW6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
2013David FerrerW6–3, 6–2, 6–3
2014Novak DjokovicW3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–4
2017Stan WawrinkaW6–2, 6–3, 6–1
2018Dominic ThiemW6–4, 6–3, 6–2
2019Dominic ThiemW6–3, 5–7, 6–1, 6–1
2020Novak DjokovicW6-0, 6-2, 7-5
2022Casper RuudW6–3, 6–3, 6–0

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