Rafael Nadal flaunts his elite status with a small symbol in the French Open final against Casper Ruud | Tennis | sport

Rafael Nadal reminded Casper Ruud of his dominance at Roland Garros with a small symbol on his tennis shoes. The world No. 5 is bidding for a 14th title in Paris and a 22nd overall, as the 23-year-old contests his first Grand Slam final, and Nadal, subtly showed his incredible record in Paris with a number 13 on his shoes, equaling the number of titles he won at Roland Garros.

Nadal is trying to win a record 14th title at Roland-Garros. The world number 5 broke the all-time Grand Slam men’s singles record in Australia at the start of this season by winning his 21st major and could extend his lead a few months later.

The 36-year-old is something of a surprise finalist this year, having been hampered by his chronic foot injury at the Italian Open just two weeks before the tournament started while also appearing in the top half stacked draw. draw alongside Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Carlos Alcaraz. But the man dubbed the “King of Clay” recalled his dominance on the pitch with him.

Facing Ruud for the first time on the circuit, Nadal has a subtle number ’13’ on his shoe to represent the number of titles he has won at Roland Garros, and this may well be the last time the Spaniard will be able to. carry the symbol.

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