Rafael Nadal Labels French Open 2020 Win As an ‘Unexpected Victory’

Published 03/18/2021, 5:25 AM EDT
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Fans are quite disappointed to know that Rafael Nadal will not play at the Miami Open 2021. The Spaniard caught an injury and is not ready to compete in Miami. However, admirers will expect him to recover as soon as possible and be fully fit for the upcoming clay-court season.

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Rafael Nadal will hopefully make a return before the start of the French Open 2021. He’ll like to play a few tournaments before that in order to gain his momentum for the Roland Garros 2021. His unprecedented records on clay are surely a model to behold for other tennis players. Interestingly, his favorite memory in tennis so far is also about a campaign that he led on clay in Paris.

In a recent interview, Rafa revealed that his fondest moment in tennis was his triumph at the French Open 2020. He admitted that the slow conditions didn’t favor him last year, but he still found a way to win the major.

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“Well, my best memory is Roland Garros 2020. I enjoyed an amazing tournament. An unexpected victory in my opinion because the conditions haven’t been the perfect ones for me,” said Nadal in the interview.

Surprisingly, the Spaniard claimed that the victory was a bit unexpected for him. The conditions were definitely challenging for him, but he proved why experts and fans call him ‘The King of Clay’.

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Rafael Nadal and his campaign at the French Open 2020

Rafa came to the French Open 2020 without winning a single title on clay for the first time in 15 years. He lost to Diego Schwartzman in the quarters of the Italian Open 2020 and experts doubted whether Rafa would be able to defend his title in 2020.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during the final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

To their astonishment, the 20-time Grand Slam champion didn’t just win the title but thrashed everyone. Nadal didn’t lose a single set in the tournament and went on to lift his 13th French Open title.

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He took revenge on Schwartzman by defeating him in the semis and then steamrolled Novak Djokovic in the finals. Stunningly, he also bageled the World No. 1 player in the first set of the finale. Rafa now enjoys 100 victories at the Roland Garros with just two defeats to his name in that Grand Slam.

The French Open 2021 will begin on May 17, 2021, and Rafa will surely be eyeing that. If he wins the title, he will even surpass Roger Federer’s Grand Slam tally and become the man with the most Grand Slam titles in the history of tennis. Will Nadal be able to defend his title at the French Open 2021?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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