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Rafael Nadal dominates Casper Ruud to win 14th Roland Garros title

Rafael Nadal, coached by Carlos Moya, with 14th French Open title

Rafael Nadal has won an astonishing 14th French Open title after he ruthlessly overpowered Casper Ruud in the final.

Nadal came into the tournament with a chronic foot injury that saw him limp out of the Rome Masters just days before the action got underway at Roland Garros.

However, he leaves with as many French Open titles as the great Pete Sampras won Grand Slams.

It also gives him his 22nd major, which pits him two ahead of long-time rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Nadal was in charge from the off on Court Philippe-Chatrier, breaking Ruud in his first service game of the match before taking the first set.

Ruud rallied in the second, and for a spell looked like he was wrestling some momentum from the Spaniard's grasp.

However, Nadal was too strong, and he broke again just as the Norwegian was looking at his strongest.

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From there it was one-way traffic, with Nadal winning the final 11 games of the match to take the title.

"We are witnessing sports history with Rafa, we thought it before, and now even more so," said Eurosport expert and former world number one Mats Wilander.

"John McEnroe said he will never beaten – and no, this record will never be beaten at a Grand Slam.

"Will this record be beaten in any sporting event that’s annual? That’s the question."

Eurosport colleague Tim Henman added: "It was an absolutely phenomenal performance from Rafael Nadal. He was relentless, ruthless and a very worthy champion."

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