Roland-Garros, from Nadal’s 14th coronation to the victory of the French women: the debrief

There it is, it’s finished. The most anticipated event of the year for all tennis fans in France ended this Sunday, June 5, as so often with the coronation of Rafael Nadal. Without much surprise since his victory over Novak Djokovic in the quarters, the Majorcan won this 121st edition of the French Open. Before him, it was Iga Świątek who won in the ladies’ category, and we also saw two French women lift a nice trophy… It’s time for a recap of this Roland-Garros 2022.

He did it. The king has regained his throne. After giving way to Novak Djokovic last year, Rafael Nadal won again at Roland-Garros this Sunday, June 5, 2022. It must be said that everyone was waiting for his victory. Placed in the same table as the world number 1, he had already swept away his greatest threat last Tuesday, defeating the Serb in the quarter-finals, during a Night Session broadcast (for free) on Prime Video which will go down in history.

While the two sacred monsters of tennis offered us a monumental match, yet another one, the bull from Manacor simply proved to be stronger, a level above the defending champion, who nevertheless did not deserve all of the long of a duel that will have lasted more than 4 hours (score: 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 [7-4]). From then on, it was obvious: Rafael Nadal was going to get him, his 14th coronation at the French Open. Even if Alexander Zverev was able to make him doubt in the semi-finals, last Friday… However, although the latter was more combative, hanging the Majorcan to the score from the first set, which he ended up giving in to him in the tie-break (7-6 [10-8]), fate will have wanted it otherwise for the German. After more than 3 hours of combat, and while the two players were preparing to decide again by tie-break in the second set, Sascha Zverev twists his ankle and is forced to give up, on tears certainly mixing pain and spite. Rafael Nadal then had only one opponent on his way: the young Norwegian Casper Ruud, a student of the Rafa Nadal Academy, who reached his first Grand Slam final there. A formality, we can say, as evidenced by the result this Sunday, June 5… The master gave the lesson in 3 sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0.

Enough to allow him to write his legend a little more, not only on Parisian clay, but also throughout the history of tennis. While with this 14th title at Roland-Garros, Rafael Nadal has widened the gap a little more with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, setting the bar a little higher with his record of 22 Grand Slam victories, there is one who obtained his 2nd title in a major tournament on the circuit this weekend: Iga Świątek. The day before Rafa’s coronation, the Pole won as she has done since the quarter-finals, in two express sets (6-1, 6-3) against the American Coco Gauff. The 21-year-old has thus won the 9th title of her career, the 2nd therefore in Grand Slam, which is also her second at Roland-Garros. Remember, it was in 2020. Iga Świątek was then only ranked 54th in the world but had established herself as THE revelation of the tournament. With this new victory on the clay courts of the Porte d’Auteuil two years later, she has also established her position as world number 1, now with more than 4,300 points ahead of her runner-up in the WTA rankings…

Garcia and Mladenovic, the French heroines of this Roland-Garros

Then there weren’t just the singles finals to follow this weekend at Roland-Garros. On Saturday, the duo formed by Marcelo Arévalo and Jean-Julien Rojer won the men’s doubles final during this 121st edition of the famous Parisian tournament (6-7 [4-7]7-6 [7-5], 6-3). But it was especially on the women’s doubles side that viewers in France were treated to a nice surprise this Sunday… Two French women were indeed crowned at Roland-Garros this year! Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic managed to get the upper hand over Americans Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula, after being down in the first set. It was clearly pushed by the public at the Philippe-Chatrier court that the French players finally turned the situation around, to win this fine doubles final in 3 sets: 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. Enough to allow them to lift their second trophy together at Roland-Garros, 6 years after the first. Between that and Nadal’s 14th coronation just after, we can say that the tournament ended in style!

You weren’t able to follow everything, or would you simply like to relive the most beautiful moments of this 2022 edition of Roland-Garros? So go now to the Amazon Prime Video streaming platform, which offers both the replay of the matches as well as the highlights of the fortnight!

Sources: The Team, franceinfo, Le Figaro

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Roland-Garros, from Nadal’s 14th coronation to the victory of the French women: the debrief


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