Casper Ruud makes Rafael Nadal retirement plea after being thrashed in French Open final

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Casper Ruud has paid tribute to Rafael Nadal for winning his record 14th French Open title in what turned out to be a one-sided final and called on the Spaniard not to retire from the sport. Ruud and Nadal were facing off for the first time on tour with a 13-year age gap between the two tennis stars.

“First thing and most important thing is to congratulate Rafa,” he said.

“It’s your 14th time here and 22nd all-time in Grand Slams. We all know what a champion you are and today I got to feel how it is to play against you in a final.

“It’s not easy and I’m not the first victim so I know there have been many before [laughs].”

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