Nadal races in the lead and wins the first set (6-3) against Ruud

Nadal races in the lead and wins the first set (6-3) against Ruud

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4:22 p.m. : Have we found the Ruudoutable Norwegian? Casper Ruud leads 2-1 in a less disjointed second set than the first, and manages to overwhelm the Spaniard with his power when the exchange lasts.

4:19 p.m. : Theoretically, it’s 25 seconds, but we will say that Rafael Nadal benefits from a certain leniency of the refereeing body.

4:18 p.m. : NADAL, 30 seconds to serve . Is there a referee on the court?

4:18 p.m. : I had the same thought a few days ago 😄! He should wear cotton, it doesn’t stick when it’s very hot! Not necessarily aesthetic but comfortable

4:18 p.m. : Meritorious effort, but I believe that even if he wore a diaper, Rafael Nadal would still have this occ 😉

4:13 p.m. : We take a good lesson to spread out a towel correctly. Thank you Nadal

4:13 p.m. : More than 15 years on the circuit and Nadal still hasn’t solved his slip problem…

4:13 p.m. : 16 years after his debut at Roland-Garros, and you are still surprised by Rafael Nadal’s tocs 😉

4:12 p.m. : Casper starts his second set well with a convincing service game. 3-6, 1-0 for the Norwegian when we have just crossed the hour mark.

4:10 p.m. : @Aleg Thank you for your science of crowned heads!

4:10 p.m. : To the right of King Felipe VI, there is also the Norwegian Crown Prince, Haakon of Norway.

4:08 p.m. : @Curious 73 We have to go back to Valéry Giscard d’Estaing who attended a semi-final in 1974 with the Frenchman François Jauffret to find a President of the Republic in the stands. Seeing a prime minister there is more common: Manuel Valls went there in 2015 for the Djokovic-Wawrinka final.

4:06 p.m. : As for the moment, I have more the impression of observing a training session than a final… Small question for the experts (of whom I am not!): has a French President ever attended an RG final? Or would this sport be labeled too privileged for example? Come on, 2nd set!

4:04 p.m. : and @Olivier You will learn that “to be choosy” in Spanish is “ser demanding”. And caramba to all 😉

4:03 p.m. : How boring this final… the worst is that Ruud, when he doesn’t mess up his shots, seems almost on top… Nadal seems very, very catchy…

4:03 p.m. : Hello. Slightly dull finish. We can take comfort in saying that the real finals were before with Djokovic and Zverev on the previous rounds. I hope I’m wrong

4:01 p.m. : Rafael Nadal wins the first set by overflowing Casper Ruud, whose woody ball explodes the microphone of the chair umpire. 6-3 for the Spaniard after an hour of play.

3:59 p.m. : King Felipe VI of Spain 🤴 #RGsurPrime #RolandGarros

3:58 p.m. : @Royal Info Absolutely, you have the eye. Note that the King of Spain was already present at the Stade de France for the famous Real-Liverpool final (even if he had no problem at the turnstiles or with his ticket).

3:58 p.m. : It seems to me that Felipe VI is present in the stands from what I have read in the Spanish press. Sorry but not being very connected to sports competition, I don’t watch the match on TV. I prefer to skip the news.

3:59 p.m. : Rafael Nadal will serve for the win of the first set, even if Casper Ruud has finally won his face-off in a convincing way. 5-3 for the Mallorcan.

3:58 p.m. : @Thomas Looks good, especially thanks to Casper Ruud who looks like he’s finally entering his match after a ghostly start.

3:55 p.m. : Fewer faults and nice exchanges for a few minutes…! The final finally started?

3:53 p.m. : Note that for the record, Roland Garros attracted 613,000 spectators this year, a record for the tournament, boosted by the night sessions. The absolute record is still held by the 2019 US Open, which brought in 737,000 people.

3:48 p.m. : @nine You won’t take my mind off the idea that we vibrated around a thousand times more for the Nadal-FAA, Nadal-Djoko or even Nada-Zverev than in this final… Even if, no doubt, Casper Ruud is more of a spectator as an actor in this final.

3:47 p.m. : At the same time for Nadal… when you play against a player who does not have the level… It’s like for comedy… A good actor plays well when he is against another good actor … It’s a story of communicating vessels!

3:44 p.m. : Point people in the stands, we saw furtively Charlotte Gainsbourg, Yvan Attal, Hugh Grant and Michael Douglas, on the cinema side, and Marco Verratti, Robert Lewandowski or even Teddy Riner on the sports side.

3:41 p.m. : 4-1 for Rafael Nadal in a pretty lousy first run. We broke the record for the number of wooded blows or concrete blocks sent to the stands from the memory of a spectator of around thirty years (the old ones, don’t hesitate if you have memories).

3:39 p.m. : Ruud will lose in 3 sets in a match that will not go down in history… Many faults of the 2 players.

3:39 p.m. : For the pleasure of the eyes, one of the good points of this start to the match (there were a lot of pretty ugly ones, too, it must be admitted).


3:37 p.m. : There have been some ugly shots early in this final

3:36 p.m. : Even if Nadal makes many (too many) mistakes, the Norwegian loses…

3:36 p.m. : 3-1 for Rafael Nadal who re-breaks Casper Ruud. So far, only the Spaniard has managed to win (once) his service game.

3:35 p.m. : #RG22 surprising not to hear the commentators talking more about the game proposed by @RafaelNadal at the start of the match on his backhand and service 🤔 not the great Rafa for the moment. A match for History #14th #1st #retirement #22nd

3:35 p.m. : Rafael Nadal would not be a little inside at the start of the match? His tennis is a notch below what he offered us against Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev.

3:29 p.m. : Well, you shouldn’t arrive late or with the idea that we would still be in the 1st game given Nadal’s previous matches. Already 2-1 in a quarter of an hour!

3:29 p.m. : Let’s go for the Ruudmontada! The Norwegian has just broken a feverish Rafael Nadal who has chained double faults. 1-2, serve to follow for Casper Ruud.

3:28 p.m. : @ex-meudonnais No, but they are paid up to 150 euros per day all the same. On the other hand, the referees are professional.

3:28 p.m. : Do you know if linesmen in tennis are professional? Thanks

3:23 p.m. : no but Nadal without any hesitation. In addition to being a champion, he is nice. Did you see the little gesture of encouragement for the little girl who accompanied him? While his opponent can be very concentrated to royally ignore his attendant.

3:23 p.m. : Already a first break for Rafael Nadal, who leads 2-0 from the outset. My comrade Romain Scotto, who announced an early victory for the Spaniard, is jubilant.

3:47 p.m. : Hot start for Rafael Nadal who walks his opponent all over the field. The weather configuration, with a still dry surface, favors the Spaniard. But the rain is announced in a few minutes Porte d’Auteuil. This could reshuffle the cards, if only with the fifteen-minute break to deploy the roof. I told you a few years ago how bad weather could change the course of a match.

3:18 p.m. : The crowded Place des Mousquetaires at the foot of the giant screen. Lots of spanish flags.

3:18 p.m. : On the Porte d’Auteuil side, it clearly leans in favor of Rafael Nadal, reports a journalist.

3:16 p.m. : Hello Pierre and the others I too learned to appreciate Nadal through Federer They know how to treat us on the field and be very pleasant after the match I never watch a match in the afternoon but there ´´´I will take my computer and my laptop and go to the shore in Oléron where I am camping which has closed ´´´´ so almost alone ´´´´ yippee ´´´

3:16 p.m. : Prono of the day: victory of Rafa in 3 sets

3:15 p.m. : Whether on serve, winning shots or unforced errors, most of the stats since the start of the tournament have been to Ruud’s advantage. But today, of course, the counters are reset…

3:15 p.m. : @Moumousse Note that the statistics are in favor of the Norwegian, who did not have the obstacle course of Rafael Nadal, who began a series of extended matches from the round of 16.

3:14 p.m. : Ruud is my favorite for this final. Nadal has won enough trophies at Roland Garros…

3:12 p.m. : Open roof on the Chatrier for this start of the final. #Nadal #Ruud #RolandGarros

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