It’s the day of the finale at the French Open 2020. Novak Djokovic is up against 12-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal. The battle has been one-sided so far, with Nadal showing some fine shots and powerful winners. From the very first game, Djokovic forced Nadal to chase down and return some of the toughest drop shots. It is definitely not easy, especially coming from one of the masters of the game like Djokovic.
The Serb is really good at taking net points. A similar thing happened in the fourth game of the match when the scoreline was 30-15 with the Serbian trailing. But this time it was the World No.2 Nadal who pushed Djokovic to come all the way up to return a drop.
Nadal used a slice. But the flexible Djokovic came down running, and instead of a winner, he returned the drop with a drop. This made Nadal come forward. He tried to do the same but the World No.1 was ready. He was in position to return it, winning the point with a forehand volley.
With the phenomenal return, Djokovic successfully made it to 30-30 in the fourth game.
Djokovic had to try something different in order to conquer Nadal at Roland Garros. He went ahead with his drop. But it was futile as Nadal was not ready to give up.
Right from the beginning of the match, Nadal had chased down every single drop shot. He even returned some of them with winners. It was clear that the Spaniard would not lose points easily and would stretch till the last muscle of his body allows him to do.
This is the intensity of the final. Nobody wants to lose from here. Nadal has his 20th Grand Slam title while Djokovic has his 18th. It will be interesting to see if Djokovic continues to lay the traps of drops in front of Nadal, or will he go for something else?