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Rafael Nadal responds to talk of retirement after winning the French Open for the 14th time

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2022 French Open - Day Fifteen

Rafael Nadal wins record-expanding 14th French Open title (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal has quelled speculation that he is set to retire in the near future, insisting he will ‘continue to fight’ to compete at next year’s French Open.

The Spaniard has sparked retirement rumours, referring to his race to the finals as his ‘final match’ over the past fortnight.

Nadal defeated Casper Rudd [6-3, 6-3, 6-0] To win his 14th French Open title in today’s final and take his Grand Slam record to 22 wins.

Later speaking to the crowd, Nadal initially looked as if he was giving a farewell speech once again referring to his ‘final matches’.

2022 French Open - Day Fifteen

Nadal’s comments met with overwhelming enthusiasm from the crowd (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

But he was overjoyed when Nadal told the enthusiastic crowd that he would “continue to fight” to return in 2023.

‘It takes a lot of energy to keep going. I want to say “Mercy, Mercy becoup,” Nadal said.

‘I don’t know what will happen in the future but I will keep fighting to move forward.’

Nadal has long struggled with a foot problem called Muller-Weiss syndrome, which has caused him to miss most of the 2021 season.

The Spaniard thought his time at the top was over and there are even suggestions he will pull out of Wimbledon to give himself the necessary recovery time to keep the situation at bay.

John McEnroe believes Nadal would be foolish to time his career now and says no player will ever dominate a Slam the way the Spaniard has at Roland Garros.

“It will never happen again in our sport that a male or female player is going to win many of these events,” McEnroe said.

‘So long as we can enjoy it, because he’s showing signs like he’s not going to play anymore, possibly.

“I don’t know if it’s true but it looks like this will be his last match. He has talked about not playing Wimbledon – why wouldn’t he play Wimbledon if he won the Australian and French?

‘He must be going to the Grand Slam. So, we will see.’

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