Rafael Nadal equalled Roger Federer’s report of 20 grand slam males’s singles titles together with his newest beautiful French Open victory over Novak Djokovic on Sunday.
Nadal’s exceptional report of Roland Garros success continued courtesy of an astonishing 6-0 6-2 7-5 win towards the world primary on Philippe Chatrier.
Thirteen of the Spaniard’s main triumphs have come on the pink clay in Paris, the place he has misplaced solely twice – by no means in a remaining and in no way for the reason that final eight in 2015 towards Djokovic.
A 999th top-level victory and one centesimal at this occasion by no means seemed to be doubtful as Nadal seized management from the outset to win the French Open with out dropping a set throughout the match for the fourth time.
This was simply Djokovic’s second defeat of the season however got here in a much more medical method than the primary, when he was defaulted from the US Open for putting a line choose with the ball.
Djokovic – a 17-time grand slam champion – had swiftly sought to place Nadal to work with a collection of drop photographs, however the defending champion responded in usually masterful vogue and raced right into a two-break lead within the opener.
Although the form of courageous defence so usually related to Djokovic was once more on show, prompting some staggering rallies, he couldn’t make vital progress towards the Nadal serve and subsequently collapsed from 40-0 up on his personal.
The Serbian deserved higher than a first-set bagel – the primary in a males’s main remaining since 2006 – but quickly trailed once more within the second, sending a drained forehand into the web on the finish of one other draining recreation.
Djokovic puffed out his cheeks as Nadal refused to relent, breaking as soon as extra and coasting by the rest of one other easy set to carry the Musketeers’ Cup firmly into view.
The high seed dug in at the beginning of the third and even rapidly recovered to stage the set after a meek break to like granted Nadal full command.
Djokovic’s renewed resilience briefly saved his opponent at bay, however a contentious double-fault proved the decisive blow and Nadal served out the championship to like with an ace to match Federer, a person 5 years his senior who has not received an ATP Tour occasion in 2020 and continues to get well from arthroscopic knee surgical procedure.
Margaret Court’s total report of 24 singles main championships is unquestionably now within the king of clay’s sights.
Data Slam: Stunning begin units the tone
For a lot of the 48-minute opening set, Djokovic gave nearly as good as he acquired. But Nadal dominated in key areas – Djokovic’s first serve was at 42 per cent, whereas he received simply three of 18 quick rallies – to lead to a one-sided scoreline. Only twice has this rivalry produced a 6-0 set, the opposite coming as Nadal additionally raced right into a lead in final yr’s Internazionali d’Italia remaining.
Nadal – 31/14
Djokovic – 38/52
Nadal – 4/1
Djokovic – 1/4
BREAK POINTS WON
Nadal – 7/18
Djokovic – 1/5