French Open| Nadal clinches 13th title; Ties Grand Slams record
Rafael Nadal produced one of the finest French Open masterclass against the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Sunday, as he stunned the World No. 1 to clinch a historic 13th Ronald Garros title equalling Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam men’s titles. The win on Sunday also marked the 100th win for Nadal at a clay-court major championship.
Nadal hardly put a foot wrong on Court Philippe-Chatrier, in his 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Djokovic, as the 2016 champion lost a complete match for the first time in 2020.
The Serbian star was overwhelmed by Nadal’s brisk start and he produced a despairing display as a result, in a final that lasted for two hours and 41 minutes.
Nadal, who dropped to his knees in celebration after striking an ace for a victory in his ninth Grand Slam final against Djokovic, said in the post-match interview, “Congratulations to everyone in Novak's team. Winning this year in Australia, Cincinnati and more now... I have had tough battles with you and hope to keep facing you for the next couple of years. All the best and good luck with the future."
Novak Djokovic, who ended up committing 52 unforced errors in the finals, is now 37-2 in the season. Djokovic in his post-match interview congratulated Nadal. "Huge congratulations to Rafa, your team and family. What you've done on this surface is.. Today you showed you're King of the Clay. I am not pleased with how I played but I was overplayed”, the Serbian star said.
N Djokovic – 0 2 5
R Nadal – 6 6 7