“the Sun King”, “the greatest legend in world tennis” … After his 14th title in Paris, the press celebrates Rafael Nadal

After lifting his 14th title at Roland-Garros, his 22nd title in a Grand Slam tournament, Rafael Nadal has written his name a little more in history. And that, far beyond his sport. On Monday, June 6, the day after this victory, the French and Spanish press hailed in one voice the feat of the “bull of Manacor”, which easily disposed of the Norwegian Casper Ruud (n ° 8) 6-3, 6-3. , 6-0.

“For eternity” title by the way The team, under a photo of Rafael Nadal, with an emotional smile, the Coupe des Mousquetaires under his arm, and thanking the crowd at Court Philippe-Chatrier. “It’s worth remembering, (…) that in fourteen finals here, half against the unfortunate Federer-Djokovic duo, the absolute monarch of the earth has only given up seven sets and has not been involved only once in a five – set up meeting “, underlines the sports newspaper, which nicknames the Spanish, “King Sun” in reference to its fourteen titles. “After months of hesitation, weeks of suffering and the last days crossed in a thread, against Felix Auger-Aliassime, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, Sunday sounded obvious.” continues day by day. The Roland-Garros evidence.

RTVE also greets its national champion, who is still doing so “Your legend grows in Paris”. “While everything seemed against him, Nadal climbed to the top again. Neither the growing pain of his chronic foot injury nor the tough rivals on the side of the toughest box were able to stop the great world tennis legend.” . writes the site of the Spanish national radio, which greets its 112 victorious matches in Paris, for only three defeats in 17 years. A vision shared by Markwhich headlines its Monday edition: “Christmas always wins”.

Per The worldthis new coronation Porte d’Auteuil is the conclusion of months of “Successive mishaps since his defeat against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the same tournament a year ago”. “Rafa Nadal’s biggest obstacle race” the newspaper even insists, recalling last year’s defeat, this year’s foot and rib injuries and lack of preparation before his arrival in Paris. Even today, “The Spaniard continues to fight against his own physical integrity,” writing The world.

The tribute to the champion crosses the countries. The guardian celebrate to whom “challenge time”. “In recent years, as he got closer and closer to the end of his career, Rafael Nadal has repeatedly spoken of his advanced age with utter contempt.” points out the British media, admired.

But beyond the coronation, concern around his foot and a possible withdrawal of the player dominate Spanish newspapers on Monday. “A race against the feet”, media title as. “Rafa Nadal, the 22-time Grand Slam tournament champion, has a successful career, paradoxically, always with a Damocles sword hanging over his head.” explains the medium he describes, 3D photo in support of Mallorcan pathology, Müller-Weiss syndrome and the extreme pain that results from it. “Hence the idea that this could be his ‘last’ Roland-Garros. Nadal has the pain, and his future health, on one side of the scales that weighs more and more.” continues as.

The same fear of everyday life The country. “I can’t keep playing with my sleeping foot,” chose to headline the media. The newspaper reports in a detailed account this press conference after the match for the Spaniard, where he explained that he received injections before his matches to put his foot to sleep, and thus allow him to play. “Obviously I can’t keep playing in the circumstances I’m in.” The rest of its history has never been so vague.

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