PARIS – Spanish tennis star, Rafael Nadal, has won the delayed 2020 French Open in Paris on Sunday October 11, 2020. He overcame long time rival, Serbian Novak Djokovich to claim the trophy.
During the match, Rafael Nadal astonishingly made light work of Novak Djokovic, the current world’s No. 1 player, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5, to equal Swiss Tennis star Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles. This was Nadal’s 13th win of this tournament since 2005.
One could be tempted to conclude that this was quite possibly Nadal’s finest performance at Roland Garros. He was on fire from the opening game, breaking Djokovic’s serve under the closed roof at the Philippe Chatrier Court. Nadal is 34 years old but he’s still an irresistible force, as he attacked the game with depth and purpose. He hunted down drop shots, read Djokovic’s mind and serve and kept his unforced errors to a minimum. He made just two unforced errors in the opening set and 14 in the match, giving his more erratic and increasingly edgy rival little time or space to find his rhythm.
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Djokovic last won the French Open championship in 2016, and is one of only two men to beat Nadal at Roland Garros. He had defeated Nadal in their last three Grand Slam matches against each other. The most recent of those came at the 2019 Australian Open final, which is a hard court tournament. Novak Djokovic’s a lord on the hard court, but Rafa Nadal is an irresistible force on clay.
It’s no surprise that Rafael Nadal has won the 2020 French Open title! Nadal did not lose a single set in this year’s tournament. He now has won 100 matches, with 2 loses at the French Open, This includes a combined 26 wins and 0 loses in semifinals and finals of his four consecutive title wins in Paris.
With this victory, Nadal is now equal with Federer for the first time since both man started playing in Grand Slams in 2003. Federer’s first Grand Slam arrived at Wimbledon that year; Nadal, earned his first victory in the French Open in 2005.
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Rafa Nadal is the oldest French Open champion since 1972, and the more than 15 years between his first and most recent Grand Slam titles is the longest such span for a man. The Grand Slam singles record has become the most significant reference point in the game in this era with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic dominating the men’s game.