I just need to extend, Rafael Nadal says.

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Casper Ruud discussed his final against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros last year while speaking for the documentary “Break Point.” The hardest challenge imaginable lay on the other side of the net for the Norwegian as he competed in his first Major final in Paris.

Rafa triumphed 6-3, 6-3, and 6-0 in 11 straight games over the course of two hours and 18 minutes to win his 14th Roland Garros championship in as many finals. At Roland Garros in the future, Casper jokingly prayed to God to steer clear of Rafa in order to play any other opponent.

The Norwegian capitalized on a fortuitous draw to produce the finest performance of his career and become the first Major finalist from his nation. But the king of clay, who shattered him eight times in 16 tries, was no match for him.

In one of his tightest Roland Garros finals, Rafa tested his opponent’s backhand with 37 wins and 18 unforced errors. At the shortest range up to four hits, they were tied. Nevertheless, Nadal managed to win in the closing games after playing well from both wings.

The Spaniard displayed exceptional skill during rallies of five or more shots, establishing a lead of 24-6 and advancing to victory with a doughnut in the third set. In the second game of the match, Rafa began play and broke with a forehand cross winner.

After an errant forehand from Nadal, Ruud recovered the break to put his name on the scoreboard in the following game. After a wayward forehand gave the Spaniard a 3-1 lead in game four, the Norwegian took the second break. Rafa took the lead at 4-1 with to a service winner, and he extended his lead to 5-2 in the seventh game with a backhand winner.

At 5-3, Nadal served to end the match, and with a service winner, the first set was over in 48 minutes.

Rafa Nadal aspires to greatness

Rafael Nadal qualified for the second round of the Australian Open despite being matched up against the youthful and threatening British player Jack Draper, proving once again that he is physically stronger than his rival.

Data were so crucial to the Spaniard that, as he admitted in the post-match press conference, he even dropped weight over the off-season. I performed well physically. I’ve lost a lot of weight since last year. In order for the effects to ultimately materialize, I have been exerting myself physically over the past few weeks.

I experienced a breakthrough today, Monday. A crucial game was won by me. Results come through hard work. I mentioned that I’m not bad physically. My legs move fairly quickly. It’s challenging to distinguish things in tennis. You can position yourself better on the court and strike the ball more accurately when you are self-assured and hitting without thinking.

I believe I’m quick on the field even though I don’t have all the automatics as normal. I only need to make the good times last longer since I train well.