Rafael Nadal vs Casper Ruud – French Open final LIVE RESULTS: Stream, TV channel, start time for men's final TODAY

RAFAEL NADAL is aiming for an unprecedented 14th French Open title when he faces Casper Ruud in the final.

Nadal, 36, had helped to mentor Ruud, 23, at his training school when the Norwegian star was a teenager.

Excitement has reached fever pitch with 15,000 watching on at the Philippe Chatrier Court.

  • Start time: From 2pm UK time
  • TV/ live stream: Eurosport/ Discovery+


  • Rob Maul

    There is a Brit in this final

    James Keothavong is in the chair for the 2020 French Open women's final.

    He is one of the most experienced officials on the Tour and will bring a calm, composed approach to proceedings.

    But will Keothavong penalise Rafa Nadal with the shot clock if the serving takes longer than expected? We shall soon find out.

    He is the brother of Anne, the Billie Jean King Cup captain for GB.

  • Rob Maul

    SunSport is courtside for more French Open history

  • Rob Maul

    Casper the underdog

    In today's sports section of The Sun, we profiled the man who is trying to do the "impossible".

    Only two men have beaten Nadal twice in this event in 17 years.

    Few people have dominated one sporting tournament as successfully as Nadal has here.

    Ruud looked up to Nadal growing up and was even courtside for the 2013 final when the Mallorca man beat David Ferrer.

  • Rob Maul

    Here they come…

    Both players have made their way to Court Philippe-Chatrier for the start of this final.

    Casper Ruud is on first and then it's the crowd favourite Rafa Nadal.

    What a reception they have received before this contest.

    Interestingly, Ruud has been the most successful player on clay on the men's Tour during this pre and post Covid period.

    The Norwegian has won 66 matches between 2020-22, collecting seven titles in that period.

  • Rob Maul

    Pre-match routines

    Before the players come to the court, there are 10 dancers prancing around in white shirts and trousers on the red clay.

    It is all being performed to the "The Hanging Tree" song by James Newton Howard, which was made famous by the Mockingjay TV franchise.

  • Rob Maul

    Is this his last French Open?

    Rafa Nadal has a chronic foot injury, which causes him significant pain and for which he requires injections to numb the soreness.

    The Spaniard won the Australian Open in January – a record 21st singles Slam.

    And should he win a 14th Roland Garros title today it would be one of his finest achievements.

    But there have been statements in recent weeks that he acknowledges the end is coming.

    Whether it is sooner rather than later, we shall see.

  • Rob Maul

    Greetings from Paris one final time.

    The 2020 French Open men's singles final will start after 2pm UK time.

    It is Rafa Nadal, the 13-time singles winner, against the rookie Casper Ruud on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

    Fans are starting to enter the court now and there is a buzz building ahead of this showpiece occasion.

  • James Orr

    More heartbreak for Gauff

    Coco Gauff had also lost in the women's final to top seed Iga Swiatek the previous day.

    Though the US star, 18, put on a brave face as she collected the runners up trophy.

  • James Orr

    Roland Garros latest

    France's Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic have beaten Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula of the US in the women's doubles final.

    Garcia and Mladenovic lost the first set before fighting back to win  2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

  • James Orr

    What are the odds?

    Rafael Nadal 1/6

    Casper Ruud 4/1

    Odds via Betfair

  • James Orr

    Nadal vs Ruud head to head

    Today's clash will be the FIRST time the pair have played each other in a pro match.

  • James Orr

    Nadal praises Ruud

    Rafael Nadal has spoken about his past with Ruud, who trained at his academy.

    Nadal said: “I think in the academy we were able to help him a little bit during this period of time.

    “But more than another thing it’s about I like to see the good person achieving his dreams.

    “For me, Casper is one of the candidates for winning in every clay-court event that he’s playing. He’s one of the clear favourites. He’s not a big surprise at all.”

  • James Orr

    French Open final is here!

    Welcome aboard to what should be an intriguing French Open final from Roland Garros today.

    13-time French Open champ Rafael Nadal takes on Norway sensation Casper Ruud.

    Ruud, 23, is playing in his first Grand Slam final – and it is against hismentor Nadal, 36.

    Ruud was a student in King of Clay Nadal's training academy as a teenager.

    He said about record 21-time Grand Slam champ Nadal: “I will try to figure something else out other than in the practice, how to beat him. I will just enjoy the moment.

    “This is a special occasion for both of us. He’s playing for his 22nd. I’m playing for my first.”

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