Now that we've seen Norway's Casper Ruud slalom through a Roland-Garros draw to become Norway's first Grand Slam finalist, has the 23-year-old taken the first giant step towards becoming a Paris legend? A natural on the terre battue, Ruud is well set up for future success at his favourite Grand Slam.
Not only is he the ATP's winningest player on clay since 2020, he's also one of the most humble and dedicated workers in the sport.
After his lopsided loss to Nadal he vowed to use the experience as motivation to push him forward.
"So I know what it takes to win here now," said Ruud of his journey to his first Grand Slam final. "It gives me just a small taste of what hopefully can be happening more times in my career, so it gives me, of course, a lot of motivation. If I ever get to this position again I will know a little bit what it is. Like I said I will keep working and trying my best every day to come back to this situation.”
If Ruud continues to improve and add layers to to his already world-class game, he is a likely candidate to raise the Coupe des Mousquetaires in the future - maybe more than once.
And if he can continue to blossom on grass, where he is 2-3 lifetime, and hard courts, where he is 52-41, the Norwegian can be a potential a top-five stalwart for years to come.