Rafael Nadal blasted his way beyond Novak Djokovic from the French Open men’s final to expand his record at Roland Garros into 13 titles.
His Serb opponent rallied in the third group but couldn’t recover from the first two, which found him blown off by Nadal who surrendered only two matches.
Nadal — whose initial French success arrived in 2005 aged 19 — didn’t waver in his decision and was on top form. His success means he draws par with Roger Federer by taking a 20th Grand Slam title.
Rafael Nadal won the championship in Paris without dropping a set, the fourth time he’s done so at the championship in which the reddish clay is his favorite surface.
“The romance I have on this town, and this particular court, is memorable,” Nadal said later.
The winner’s performance was especially impressive over the fortnight given it had been presumed the relatively cool conditions may not match his game.
The championship, usually played in warmer temperatures in the spring, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The closing took place together with the retractable roof closed on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Djokovic, who’d conquered Nadal at 14 of the last 18 matches, stays on 17 Grand Slam victories.
“He keeps moving. No holding back him, it feels like. It is wonderful. I mean I respect all of his accomplishments,” stated Djokovic, who’d won his last five Grand Slam finals. “There is not much you can declare. All of the superlatives you may utilize, ” he deserves them.”
On Saturday unseeded Polish teenager Iga Swiatek won the women’s name in Roland Garros, beating American Sofia Kenin 6-4 6-1 to shoot her very first Grand Slam title.