World No. 5 Rafael Nadal was in the middle of a great semi-final match against world No. 3 Alexander Zverev, but the German severely injured his ankle before the two were able to play a second-set tiebreaker. Nadal, who won the first set 7-6 (8), then advanced to the final via retirement, as Zverev was unable to finish. Now, Nadal will go for his 22nd Grand Slam title, and 14th championship at Roland Garros, in a meeting with world No. 8 Casper Ruud.
Ruud, who has looked up to Nadal throughout his career, and has also spent time training at the Spaniard’s academy, looked great in a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over world No. 23 Marin Cilic in the semifinals. Ruud has now earned victories over some tough opponents on his way to reaching this final, beating Lorenzo Sonego, Hubert Hurkacz and Holger Rune before defeating Cilic. Cilic had also been playing some great tennis before losing to Ruud, so that should give you a good idea of how well the Norwegian is playing.