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Iga Swiatek begins reigning era at Roland Garros, reminiscent of Rafael Nadal’s dominance

Ahead of the French Open final on Saturday, Iga Swiatek was compared to her idol Rafael Nadal for her record on clay, and in particular at Roland Garros. At first glance, it’s a ridiculous comparison. The Spaniard has won 14 times in Paris and has a win-loss record of 112-4.

She agreed that the comparison is baseless, as she had locked down the ‘Queen of Clay’ moniker even before the tournament began.

It’s nice,” she said. The world No. 1 is not shying away from comparisons with her achievements. On Saturday, she won her third consecutive Roland Garros title and fourth in five years. The Polish player has won 31 of her last 32 matches at Roland Garros, including 21 in a row, and is 35-2 overall. She started slow, misplayed a few games and still finished the match by beating Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-1 in 68 minutes. With this win, Swiatek has put herself in the league of great players. She has joined the list of Monica Seles and Justine Henin who have won the French Open three consecutive years in the Open Era. Players who have won the French Open at least four times include Chris Evert (7), Steffi Graf (6), Swiatek and Henin (4). She and Serena Williams are the only players to have won the triple title of Madrid-Rome-French Open. “Trying to build a Nadal-like legacy here,” John McEnroe said on US network NBC. “It’s going well so far.” At 23, Swiatek has won the same number of French Open titles as Nadal did at the same age. Her win-loss percentage on Roland Garros’ Terre Battue is better than Nadal’s at this point in his career. Her last loss came against Maria Sakkari in the quarterfinals of the 2021 edition. Since then, it has gone 21-0. During this stretch, she lost only three sets and recorded 10 bagels (6-0 set wins). Is Iga Swiatek unstoppable at Roland Garros? It seems so. Still, she fell one point short of losing in the second round to former world No.

Osaka had trailed Swiatek on match point at 5-2. She was so close to defeat that Swiatek needed a rest in the gym afterward. “I really thought I was going to be out of the tournament,” Swiatek recalled after the third round. I was happy that I won, but I still felt like I was really on edge.

Obviously, it’s simple”. The act of ours is the only one that can lead to a solution. “And with this tennis, contrary”, said Swiatek. “In me confiance”. Also near this shore in Osaka, Swiatek leaves fall during the last two months in French.

Sample it. Against Osaka, Swiatek lost 17 games. Against the remaining six players, she lost just 20 games. One more. As the Japanese player crossed the net, Swiatek faced nine break points — the same number she did for the rest of the tournament.

From the fourth round on, she lost only 11 games — the joint-fewest games to win a women’s major in the Open era.

“Playing with you here is the toughest challenge in sports,” Paolini told Swiatek during the trophy ceremony.

“As always, she played at a tough level,” Gauff said after losing to Swiatek 6-2, 6-4.

“She’s very strong here,” Marketa Vondrousova, last year’s Wimbledon champion, said after she lost 6-0, 6-2.

Each year, the tournament begins, it ends, and on the final Sunday, Nadal takes a piece of the trophy. Only, that honour has moved from the Coupe des Mousquetaires to the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen.

If this was indeed Rafael Nadal’s last performance at Roland Garros. Instead of handing over the mantle to a successor, he has handed the mantle to a successor, until Carlos Alcaraz claims it. Can the magic carry over to Wimbledon? Sure, Swiatek has won at the 2022 US Open, but her nervousness on grass continues to taint her already glittering legacy.

As a teenager in 2018, Swiatek was not able to balance his performance on the exuberant surfaces of the All England Club, which aired at Wimbledon on July 1. The best result at Wimbledon is coming to the front of the 2023 final. “I think this is how my result can be more easily adapted to the situation,” said Swiatek. “It is only necessary to continue the trouble that he is living in. The creator who makes the best progress that he can do so soon at this moment is to use the best services, but he himself is very upset. In general, tennis is different from other sports. This is very difficult and painful for the better part of the body”.
Swiatek, however, is very sublime when he moves in the arc, he can also be brought to the house, which requires more sleep. One who has received this information, can also enhance his dominance at Wimbledon.
Hey, let’s record what you’re wearing too, consider a pony of a solo truck. Some people think that in Spanish he is playing his favorite Roland Garros title that suggests his first Wimbledon trophy.

Swiatek is now two years older than Roland Garros. Has the moment of coronation at Wimbledon come?