Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud will face off in the men’s singles final at Roland-Garros on Sunday.

The Spaniard will be aiming to win his 14th French Open, which would also be a record 22nd Grand Slam title.

Standing in his way, however, is a rising star in Casper Ruud, who will go down in history as the first Norwegian to make a singles final at a Grand Slam.

sports news has all the details of the blockbuster final between Nadal and Ruud.

What time does the 2022 Roland-Garros men’s singles final start?

The men’s French Open final between Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud will start at 3:00 p.m. local time (2:00 p.m. BST, 11:00 p.m. AEST) on June 5 on the Philippe-Chatrier court at Roland-Garros.

How to watch Rafael Nadal vs. Casper Ruud in the French Open final

  • British TV channel: Eurosport
  • Live broadcast in the UK: Eurosport

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  • Australian TV channel: 9Gem
  • Australia Live Stream: Stan Sports

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Broadcast Details

Match Broadcast in Australia UK broadcast Start of local time
Rafael Nadal vs Casper Ruud June 5, 11 p.m. (AEST) – Stan Sport/9GEM June 5, 2 p.m. (BST) – Eurosport June 5, 3 p.m. (CEST)

Rafael Nadal vs Casper Ruud betting odds

To win Australia UK
Rafael Nadal 1.15
Casper Ruud 5.25

Odds courtesy of Neds and Skybet

Rafael Nadal’s recent form

Nadal was involved in a fight with Alexander Zverev in the semi-final before a serious ankle injury ended the game prematurely in the second set. The Spaniard won the first set but the match could easily have gone either way.

Prior to that, Nadal put in an impressive defensive performance against Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, blasting his way past the world No. 1 in an absorbing encounter.

Despite his previous success on clay and winning the Australian Open earlier this year, Nadal entered the French Open as the third favorite behind Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz.

While a foot injury has kept him from playing regularly in 2021, fitness hasn’t been a concern at this year’s French Open for the 36-year-old.

Nadal won his first three games of the tournament in straight sets, before prevailing in long matches against Felix Auger-Aliassime and Djokovic before his unsurprising victory in the semi-finals.

Results Roland-Garros 2022 of Rafael Nadal

Round Opponent Results
First Jordan Thompson (Australia) 6-2 6-2 6-2
Second Corentin Moutet (France) 6-3 6-1 6-4
Third Botic van de Zandschulp [26] (Netherlands) 6-3 6-2 6-4
Fourth Felix Auger-Aliassime [9] (Canada) 3-6 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3
QF Novak Djokovic [1] (Serbia) 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6(4)
SF Alexander Zverev [3] (Germany) 7-6(8) 6-6 (pass)

Recent form of Casper Ruud

Ruud has enjoyed some of the best results of his career over the past two years, winning five ATP titles in 2021.

So far this year, the 23-year-old has won tournaments in Geneva and Buenos Aires. On Sunday, he will make his very first appearance in a Grand Slam final.

He was tested from the start at this year’s French Open, pushed to five sets by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round.

Ruud won in straight sets in the second round before prevailing in another five-set match against Lorenzo Sonego.

His last game was a professional and mature semi-final win over Croatian veteran Marin Čilić, earning him a ticket to the French Open final.

The young Norwegian is also reaching his peak at the right time, having reached a career-high No.7 in April this year (he is currently No.8).

Casper Ruud

Casper Ruud French Open 2022 results

Round Opponent Results
First Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 6-7 (8) 7-6 (4) 6-2 7-6 (0)
Second Emil Ruusuvuori (Finland) 6-3 6-4 6-2
Third Lorenzo Sonego [32] (Italy) 6-2 6-7 (7) 1-6 6-4 6-3
Fourth Hubert Hurkacz [12] (Poland) 6-2 6-3 3-6 6-3
QF Holger Rune (Denmark) 6-1 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-3
SF Marin Cilic [20] (Croatia) 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-2

The results of the confrontations between Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud

Interestingly, Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud are yet to play a competitive match against each other.

Despite making his professional debut in 2015, Ruud has never faced the man he has described as an “idol” since childhood.

Prediction Rafael Nadal vs Casper Ruud

It would take a very brave person to switch against the undisputed ‘king of clay’ Rafael Nadal.

The Spaniard has only been pushed to five sets once in this tournament (against young Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime) and should be fresh after a surprise victory over Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals.

He has won Roland-Garros 13 times in remarkable fashion, so his experience and comfort on clay will no doubt be showcased.

Casper Ruud won’t go down without a fight, however. The 23-year-old enters the clash as an underdog but will continue to play his fearless brand of tennis.

He’s managed to come out of a number of tiebreakers this tournament, so expect him to challenge Nadal and push him to four or more sets.

There is always a risk of upset, but we will likely see Nadal walk away with a historic 22nd Grand Slam title.

Prediction: Nadal in four sets.


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