Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander thinks this year’s French Open title must be the sweetest for Rafael Nadal and added the Spaniard is now definitely ahead of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Nadal, whose participation at th French Open was in doubt because of a chronic foot pain, lifted a record 14th French Open title after beating Casper Ruud 6-3 6-3 6-0 in the final.
Nadal now has a record 22 Grand Slams, while Djokovic and Federe are tied on the second place with 20 Grand Slams. “I would think it must be the sweetest title [that Rafa has won at Roland-Garros]. First of all, he didn’t even know if he was going to be able to play,” Wilander said on Eurosport.
“Let’s now not just focus on 14 [French Open titles], but 22 [Grand Slam singles titles]. He is ahead of Roger and Novak now. Maybe this could be the main reason why he will be the greatest player of all time. But again, he’s so humble and so in the present moment that it sounds like he is going to keep going.”
Wilander, Alex Corretja on Nadal’s French Open victory
Going into the French Open, Nadal was doubted like never before. Many had Djokovic as the top favorite and Carlos Alcaraz as the second favorite. “I don’t understand anything.
How Rafa wins, how he could barely walk a couple of weeks ago. The first week he was okay, and then all of a sudden he raised his level against Novak and then again against Zverev,” Corretja said. “Today, to me, it seemed like he was not even at 100 per cent, and that is with respect to Casper, who did what he could.
I don’t understand how he did it. One day he needs to tell us how this is possible because I don’t get it.”