Rafa Nadal and Casper Ruud photo sends tennis world into frenzy

A picture of Casper Ruud (pictured left) at the 2013 Roland Garros final and (pictured right) Rafa Nadal embraces Ruud at the French Open.
A picture of Casper Ruud (pictured left) from the 2013 Roland Garros final resurfaced after his French Open final loss to Rafa Nadal (pictured right). (Images: Twitter/Getty Images)

The tennis world has gone crazy over a resurfaced photo of French Open finalist Casper Ruud following his heartbreaking defeat to Rafa Nadal in the final.

Nadal won his 14th French Open title after dispatching Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in the final, claiming the 22nd major of his storied career.

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In doing so he extended his lead in the men's all-time grand slam race, moving two ahead of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on 20.

The match was heartbreaking for Ruud who participated in his first grand slam final, but had no answers against the imperious Spaniard.

Ruud was a huge fan of Nadal growing up and even trained in Nadal's academy as a junior.

And in a brilliant throwback, social media was alight with an old photo of Ruud in 2013 watching Nadal against David Ferrer in the Roland Garros final.

Ruud before the final admitted that Nadal was his idol growing up and it was a dream to play him the French Open final.

While Nadal has achieved a remarkable 14 French Open titles, the moment of Ruud standing next to one of his idols in the final sent the tennis world into a frenzy.

Ruud took his loss with class, despite the disappointment, and congratulated the 36-year-old Spaniard with a warm embrace at the net.

The Norwegian admitted he was 'eaten alive' in the final and didn't have the answers to make a comeback during the final.

Rafa Nadal shoots down retirement fears

Plenty of the talk leading up to the men's final was around Nadal and fears that the champion could be retiring in the near future.

But, the 22-time grand slam champion vowed to 'keep fighting' and play at Wimbledon later this month, but admitted he has some very difficult decisions to make regarding his troublesome foot.

“It’s amazing the things that are happening this year,” Nadal said during the trophy presentation after winning the first two grand slams of the year for the first time.

Rafael Nadal (pictured) thanks the crowd after winning the men's final at Roland Garros.
Rafael Nadal (pictured) celebrates winning the men's final at Roland Garros. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

“For me personally, it’s very difficult to describe the feelings that I have.

“It’s something that I never believed to be here at 36 - being competitive again, playing on the most important court of my career. It means [an awful] lot to me.”

“I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I’m going to keep fighting.”

Nadal became the oldest champion in the history of the French Open, 17 years after winning his first title at Roland Garros as a 17-year-old.

He improved to 14-0 in finals at Roland Garros and improved his astonishing record at the clay-court grand slam to 112-3.

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