World No.2 Rafael Nadal humiliated his biggest rival, Novak Djokovic, to win the French Open for a record 13th time. Despite the overcast conditions and the closed roof, Nadal thrashed the World No.1 in straight sets in the final. With the victory, Nadal clinched a record 20th Grand Slam title and finally equaled Roger Federer‘s tally of 20 Major championships.
The match started with a spectacular opening game, with Djokovic hitting four drops shots. However, Nadal chased down all the drop shots and played rock solid from the baseline to break Djokovic early. The Spaniard broke Djokovic twice more and eventually bagel’d the No.1 seed in the opening set. It is the first time Djokovic has lost a set 0-6 in a Grand Slam final.
The second set was also a one-sided affair, with Nadal breaking Djokovic twice and wrapping up the set 6-2 in 51 minutes. The Serbian fought back in the third set but lost a crucial service game at 5-5 to provide Nadal a chance to serve for the championship. The No.2 seed knelt to the ground after smashing an ace to clinch his 13th Roland Garros title.
Nadal broke down when Spain’s national anthem was being played and became emotional during the post-match presentation. During the on-court interview, Nadal talked about the tumultuous year because of the coronavirus pandemic and revealed that Roland Garros meant everything to him.
“A very tough year but winning here means everything to me. It’s not the moment for me I don’t think about equalling Roger or this great number. For me is just a Roland Garros victory. Roland Garros means everything to me,” said Nadal, after becoming a 20-time Grand Slam champion.
It is the fourth time Nadal has won Roland Garros without losing a set during the entire tournament and also won a record 100th match at the French Open, after winning the final.
The reigning Australian Open champion was aiming to become the first man in the Open Era to win a double Career Grand Slam and will have to wait for 7 months for another chance. It was the first time Djokovic lost in straight sets in a Grand slam final since his loss to Andy Murray in the 2013 Wimbledon final.