“Experienced It in My Own Skin”: Novak Djokovic in Awe of Rafael Nadal’s Performance at French Open 2020

October 11, 2020 10:15 pm

World No.2 Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in the finals of the French Open 2020 to win his 20th Grand Slam title. The Spaniard thrashed the World No.1 Djokovic in straight sets in order to lift his 13th French Open title. The final scoreline of the match was 6-0, 6-2, 7-5.

In the post-match interview, Djokovic admitted that it was a phenomenal performance from Nadal on the court. He complimented Nadal for putting a great show at the Roland Garros 2020.

“Huge congratulations to Rafa. Today you [Nadal] showed why you are King of the Clay. I experienced it in my own skin,” accepted the 33-year-old Serbian.

Head-to-head, before the match, Djokovic was leading 29-26. The Serbian was unbeaten so far in 2020. But Nadal proved why he is the ‘King of Clay’. Not even for an instance did Djokovic look comfortable. He was making too many unforced errors, giving away easy points. Nadal capitalized on it and won the match easily.

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‘You have been a great champion’- Novak Djokovic on Rafael Nadal

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during the final against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Djokovic was all praises for Nadal. He almost fell short of words appreciating him.

“You have been a great champion. What you are doing on this court is unbelievable,” acknowledged the World No.1

The Serbian player also expressed how he felt on the ground during the match. He admitted that it was not one of his best days on the court.

“It was a tough day. I am not too pleased with the way I played. I was definitely overplayed by a better player today,” said Djokovic.

Djokovic also congratulated the French Open 2020 management for organizing the tournament during these difficult times.

“The situation is very difficult for everyone worldwide. We have the possibility to play a sport that we love. I am grateful to all those who helped in organizing this event. Thank you so much,” concluded Djokovic.

Anshul Singh

Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. He is a big fan of Roger Federer and is ready to pay anything to watch him play. Before this, he has worked at the 'DU Express' as a writer and an editor. He is an ardent debater and a MUNer as well who has chaired several conferences all over India.

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