World No 2 thrashes No 1 seed 6-0, 6-2, 7-5, Spaniard equals Roger Federer’s haul of 20 grand slam titles. All rights reserved. “Maybe in the future someone will witness something better but, in my mind, that’s the biggest sporting achievement any sport will ever see.”. Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 7-5 to win his 13th French Open and 20th grand slam title to tie Roger Federer for the all-time men's lead in majors. "In Australia he killed me a couple of times ago," Nadal said, referring to. Nadal turned professional at age 15, and participated in two events on the ITF junior circuit. Rafael Nadal produced one of his finest French Open displays to stun Novak Djokovic and equal Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam men's titles. Between 2005 and 2020, he has won a record 13 titles at the French Open. What unfolded in the 2-hour-41-minute duel was the reinvention of Nadal. Nadal, hitting from deep but with his eye on the drop shot, drew first blood to break from 40-15 down. But at the French Open, Nadal has been a constant in his greatness. "I don't forget how tough is the situation in the world," he said. It kickstarted a brief renaissance as he went ahead 4-3. Nadal improved to 99-2 at the French Open, including a combined 25-0 in semifinals and finals, as he seeks a fourth consecutive title in Paris. Djokovic outlasts Tsitsipas to set up French Open final against Nadal – as it happened Rafael Nadal defeated Diego Schwartzman in three tight … Djokovic and Tsitsipas go the distance Nadal was cruising at 4-2, 30-0 in the third yet suffered a blip to give Schwartzman hope. 1 again. Nadal was not quite the unchallenged master yet of his “own house”, as Djokovic called it beforehand, but his game was rock solid behind a 92% first serve. On 29 April 2002, at 15 years and 10 months, the world No. Nadal dominated Novak Djokovic in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5, to win the men's 2020 French Open title, giving him his 20th career grand slam victory. Rafael Nadal bites the winning trophy after claiming the French Open title for the 13th time time with a straight sets victory over Novak Djokovic. There was almost equal carnage in the second set before Djokovic launched the inevitable fightback in the third to lend the occasion a garland of respectability it deserved. Rafael Nadal demolishes Novak Djokovic to win 13th French Open title. French Open 2020 French Open No 13, Major No 20: Why Rafael Nadal’s 100th win at Roland Garros is his greatest The 34-year-old beat Novak Djokovic 6 … Nadal next faces 213th-ranked American qualifier Sebastian Korda, the son of 1998 Australian Open champion and 1992 French Open runner-up … Every shot echoed alongside a grunt. "For me this is just a Roland Garros victory. The 18-time Slam champion believes that the feats of Navratilova and Graf deserve to be talked about in the same breath as Rafael Nadal's 13 French Open wins. "Winning 13 times, yeah, there's not much you can say. And while Nadal is 99-2 over his remarkable career at Roland Garros -- “It’s his house,” Djokovic said — it is worth noting that one of those defeats … And while his dominance on clay is widely celebrated, it has also become a famous topic of mockery. He once said he regretted not being young any more. Spaniard’s unhappiness with heavy balls and slow courts means Djokovic is fancied to take advantage at Roland Garros. It was fatuous to say the spoils would go to the player with the stronger desire, as is the cliche, because both wanted it as much as Greta Thunberg wants a clean planet. Nadal’s 100th win at Roland Garros was almost flawless – 6-0, 6-1, 7-5 in two hours and 41 minutes in front of a drastically reduced audience because of the pandemic at a rescheduled grand slam under a new roof at Court Philippe Chatrier – yet it was a final of rolling contradictions, too. I was beaten by a guy who was just perfect today. Winning finals of this quality will put a few more wrinkles on his brow. Only Federer, with 31, has played in more grand slam singles finals than Nadal (28) and Djokovic (27). Especially the first two sets. The Serb had only suffered defeat in one match in 2020 -- that. Despite losing the first set on a tiebreak, he then reeled off three sets in a row to claim the first French Open title of many. Although his level had slipped from the heights of the first set, Djokovic was not playing poorly. It was compelling theatre and tough to watch. Just to play here is a true inspiration and the love story I have with this city and with this court is unforgettable.". He was broken from 40-15 in the opening game to give Nadal the best possible start in front of the limited number of fans in attendance. Nadal skipped the US Open due to virus concerns and to prepare for the French Open. 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