French Open last: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to assert record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title

2020/10 11 23:10

Spain’s Rafael Nadal demolished world primary Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-Zero 6-2 7-5 within the French Open last to assert a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title on Sunday.

Along with his record-improving 13th triumph at Roland Garros, world quantity two Nadal is now tied with Swiss Roger Federer because the participant with probably the most males’s singles main titles.

Nadal was the early aggressor as he choked Djokovic to win the opening set in brutal style having made solely two unforced errors. He then saved a agency grip on a subdued Djokovic within the second set underneath the roof of court docket Philippe Chatrier.

Djokovic, who was trying to win his 18th Grand Slam title, rebelled within the third set, breaking again for Three-Three, solely to drop serve on a double fault within the 11th sport earlier than Nadal went on to bag his 100th victory at Roland Garros with an ace.


“Initially in fact congrats to Novak for one more nice event, sorry for immediately,” Nadal, who has now overwhelmed Djokovic in all of their three French Open finals, mentioned on court docket.

“In Australia (within the last in 2019) he killed me. We have performed so many instances, at some point one wins, one other day the opposite wins.”

Djokovic had gained 5 Grand Slam finals in a row since being overwhelmed by Stan Wawrinka on the 2016 Australian Open, however Nadal was not upset on his turf regardless of a brand new stadium design, the roof and the dearth of spectators amid the COVID-19 disaster.

The 34-year-old Nadal wouldn’t consider matching Federer’s mark.



“To win right here means every part. I do not assume immediately in regards to the 20th and equal Roger on this nice quantity, immediately is only a Roland Garros victory and which means every part to me,” the world quantity two mentioned.

“This love story I’ve with this metropolis and this court docket is unforgettable.”

Factbox on Rafael Nadal’s French Open last wins

2005 – beat Mariano Puerta (Argentina) 6-7(6) 6-Three 6-1 7-5

Rallied from a set all the way down to beat fellow left-hander Puerta and turn out to be the primary participant to win the French Open title in his most important draw debut since Mats Wilander in 1982, setting in movement an unprecedented run of success within the event.

2006 – beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 1-6 6-1 6-Four 7-6

Handed Federer his first defeat in a Grand Slam last to turn out to be the youngest back-to-back Roland Garros winner since Bjorn Borg in 1974-75.

2007 – beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6-Three Four-6 6-Three 6-Four

Federer beat Nadal for the primary time on clay a number of weeks earlier however there was no stopping Nadal in Paris as he turned the primary man since Borg in 1980 to win a hat-trick of Roland Garros titles.

2008 – beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6-1 6-Three 6-Zero

Thrashed Federer in a single hour 48 minutes earlier than apologising on the finish of the match. He matched Borg’s feat of 4 straight titles at Roland Garros and have become the primary participant because the Swede in 1980 to win the event with out dropping a set.

2010 – beat Robin Soderling (Sweden) 6-Four 6-2 6-Four

After having his 31-match profitable streak in Paris snapped by Soderling the earlier 12 months, Nadal gained candy revenge by felling the Swede to seal a fifth title in six years.

2011 – beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 7-5 7-6(Three) 5-7 6-1

Overcame a decided Federer once more to win his sixth French Open title on the age of 25 and equal the tally of Borg. It was the 10th Grand Slam title of his profession.

2012 – beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6-Four 6-Three 2-6 7-5

Went previous Borg with an excellent show towards Djokovic in a uncommon Monday last that had a number of delays as a result of rain.

2013 – beat David Ferrer (Spain) 6-Three 6-2 6-Three

Improved his profession document to 59-1 at Roland Garros by beating Ferrer in straight units to turn out to be the primary man with eight titles on the similar Grand Slam.

2014 – beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Three-6 7-5 6-2 6-Four

Entered Roland Garros with just one European claycourt title for the primary time in 10 years however noticed off Djokovic in 4 units to turn out to be the primary man to win 5 straight French Open titles.

2017 – beat Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 6-2 6-Three 6-1

Emotional scenes as he regained his Roland Garros throne with a brutal 6-2 6-Three 6-1 mauling of Swiss Wawrinka to finish ‘La Decima’. At 31, he turn out to be the oldest champion in Paris since 34-year-old Andres Gimeno in 1972.

2018 – beat Dominic Thiem (Austria) 6-Four 6-Three 6-2

Captured his 17th Grand Slam title, swatting apart Thiem for a record-extending 11th crown in Paris.

2019 – beat Dominic Thiem 6-Three 5-7 6-1 6-1

Nadal was pushed laborious within the first two units however Thiem, who performed sensational tennis for practically two hours, couldn’t maintain the tempo and the Spaniard charged away to victory.

Nadal sealed his 18th Grand Slam title and have become the primary participant to win the identical Grand Slam title 12 instances, edging forward of Margaret Courtroom’s 11 Australian Open crowns.

2020 – beat Novak Djokovic 6-Zero 6-2 7-5

Nadal produced a scientific show to place away Djokovic and equalled Federer’s document tally of 20 Grand Slam titles.

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