PARIS – Norway’s Caspar Rudd says he can’t find an answer when Rafa Nadal extends his game midway through Sunday’s straight set victory and the 14th French Open men’s title.
Rudd, in his first Grand Slam final, led 3-1 in the second set but lost the next 11 games, gaining only 17 points in the process, Nadal winning 6-3 6-3 6-0 in a record-breaking 22 Grand Slam titles. .
“Well, if I only knew the answers, I was 3-1 up in the second set and of course wanted to continue the match and probably try to win the set.” Ruud said.
“But then he got up step by step and he showed that he plays great when he needs to. It was really hard for me to know where to play ball.
“When you play defensively against Rafa on the ground, he will eat you alive.”
The 23-year-old, the first Norwegian to reach a Grand Slam final, is not unfamiliar with his opponent’s game, having trained with him at Nadal’s academy in Mallorca.
But when his opponent picked up his game, Rud ended.
“It was really hard for me to know where to play the ball because he has two forehand from both sides because his backhand is also strong, although it may be a bit weak,” he said.
“In forehand he plays with some spin and it feels like you are playing right hand forehand. I didn’t know where to play in the end and he forced me to run around the court too much. “
For Rudd, however, who was on the stand as a teenager in 2013 to watch Nadal win, playing his idol at Court Philippe Chatterjee, where he has ruled since 2005, will be a match he will cherish forever.
“I hope I could have gotten the match closer and all this, but at the end of the day I hope one day I can tell my grandchildren that I played Rafa in Chatriar in the final, and they will probably say, ‘Wow, what are you? ? ‘
“I’ll say ‘yes’. I’m probably going to enjoy this moment for a long time.”
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