‘King of clay’ Rafael Nadal lifts 13th Roland Garros title, equalises Roger Federer record with 20th Grand Slam

French Open 2020 clash at the finals between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was a sensational match with top seed and second seed chasing historic records for respective career milestones.

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Rafael Nadal

The French Open 2020 finals could not have been any better. The men’s final was a treat to watch as the world no.1 Novak Djokovic clashed with the 12 time French Open champion Rafael Nadal. Both the players were chasing history, Rafa was chasing his 20th Grand Slam title while Novak Djokovic was chasing his 2nd Roland Garros title.

Playing his 100th Roland Garros match, Nadal was breathing fight as he bageled Djokovic i. First set. In less than an hour, he won the opening set 6-0, breaking Djokovic thrice. This was second time Djokovic bageled by Nadal on Clay after Rome Masters in 2019.

Novak Djokovic struggled throughout the match

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic was out of shots throughput the match. Whenever Djokovic tried drop shot, Nadal answered it with perfection. Novak won his first game of the final match after nearly an hour and only broke Nadal in set 3.

Third set was neck to neck untill 11th game when Novak lost on his serve by virtue of a double fault. In 12th game Nadal served for 13th French Open title and won it with an ace. In 2 hours and 38 minutes Nadal won 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 to lift his 13th Roland Garros title.

Records broken by Rafa

Rafael Nadal

The remarkable clash between the duo ended when Rafael Nadal won against the world no.1 to create a series of personal records. Here is list of some milestone achieved by Rafa Nadal.

  • 1200th career match
  • 100th French Open wins
  • 20th Grand slam title (equalling records of maximum slams with Roger Federer)
  • 13th French Open title

Rafael Nadal has now equalled Roger Federer. Also, he is ahead in the GOAT race as he surely has more years left on tour.

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