Updated 0830 GMT (1630 HKT) September 28, 2020. Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets today to win the 2020 French Open. This was the 56th installment of Nadal vs. Djokovic, the most meetings between any pair of men in the professional era, and their ninth in a Grand Slam final, equaling Nadal vs. Federer for the most. Nadal, on the other hand, has an unparalleled record at Roland-Garros having won 12 titles in the past 15 years. Nadal's remarkable record of … Nadal, No. "I'm not going to think about that. Rafael Nadal on Friday defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (0) in the semi-final of ongoing Roland Garros 2020 to qualify to the final of the Grand Slam event where the Spaniard will take on the winner of the match between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas. We've received your submission. Rafael Nadal has matched Roger Federer with his 20th Grand Slam singles title. Nadal was far cleaner with his shots all match, but the disparity between winners and unforced errors was stark in the middle set. Rome finalist Karolina Pliskova, world No. The Spaniard … Certainly, I could have played better, especially in the first two sets. Nadal faced more of a challenge to finish off his 100th-career win on the Paris clay, as Djokovic won five games in the last set. Nadal’s 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic in the French Open final was also Nadal’s 100th career match win at Roland Garros. I played a very good final. Excluding when he was defaulted at the US Open for. There was a school of thought that could hinder Nadal, as would this year’s change to a slighty heavier tennis ball. More than two hours in, when Djokovic employed a backhand winner to get his initial break on his fifth opportunity, making it 3-all in the third set, he let out a couple of roars and waved his arms to ask for more noise from fans. He's phenomenal. Nadal equaled long-time rival Federer for the most major singles tennis championships won by a man and added to his own record at Roland Garros with No. Roger Federer won in 2009, Stan Wawrinka captured the crown in 2015 and Djokovic won his lone clay-court major in 2016. They will also be tested every five days, as long as they remain in contention, and must stay in one of two hotels arranged by tournament organizers. Nadal was simply too good, as he almost always is at the French Open — and as good as any man ever in Grand Slam action. Sitemap Andy Murray predicts Rafael Nadal's record of 13 French Open titles will never be beaten as the British former World No. "Even if they weren't all three-set matches, they were still on clay, which is quite a fast switch from hard courts. Nadal is now even with Federer for the first time since each man had zero Slams to his name in 2003. 32,714, This story has been shared 30,765 times. Rafael Nadal bites down on the Mousquetaires Cup after winning the 2020 French Open. The day began with a blue sky and sunshine, but dark clouds eventually gathered, and when rain came about a half-hour before the scheduled start, the cover was shut. He did not cede a set in his favorite tournament this year. I can't say another thing. For two-sets-and-a-half sets I played great. World champion's affair rocks Olympic swimming world, Joe Biden's polling lead slips in wake of Post report on Hunter, Airport officials strike gold searching passenger’s butt, News anchor fired for cameo in Adam Sandler movie. Nadal didn’t drop a … Victory in Paris would see him equal Roger Federer's men's record of 20 grand slam singles titles. If people think that I am a favorite, well, I'm not thinking about that because every match is a battle and everyone wants to get it so badly.". The postponement led to colder, wetter weather than usual, which affects the way the clay affects shots, making them bounce lower and slower. I thought I was in great form. Andy Murray thinks Rafael Nadal's 13 French Open titles is among the greatest achievements in sporting history and one that will never be topped. The Spaniard improved to 100-2 at the tournament. When Nadal ended it with an ace, he dropped to his knees, smiled widely and pumped his arms. Even though he is the number one favorite, there are players that can win against him there. Nadal avoided a third-set tiebreak by capturing the final three games of the third set, and he finished the match with an ace from left to right. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! As he sat in his sideline seat digesting that shutout of an opening set Sunday, four Djokovic supporters in blue jerseys and white baseball hats stood and sang in the stands, their chorus drowning out the light pitter-patter of drizzle hitting the roof. Rafael Nadal Always Has Paris—Even in a Bizarre Sports 2020 A remarkable romp gives the clay court great his 13th French Open title—and ties … Your Ad Choices Appearing resigned in the early going, Djokovic generally was less loud than he often is when he struggles, not yelling at himself or toward his entourage, and not showing anger in other ways — such as the post-point whack of a ball that hit a line judge at the U.S. Open last month, earning a disqualification. Picking an outright favorite between the two top seeds is a near-impossible task. Privacy Notice Trevor Lawrence could break the Jets' hearts so easily, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved, It took a 'disaster' for rising American star to reach the French Open final, Match-fixing investigation rocks French Open, Why 'distracted' tennis star had boyfriend leave French Open box, Novak Djokovic with more linesperson drama at French Open, Blezow's Week 6 picks: Giants will win first game of season, Astros' loss a small bit of justice in a rough 2020, This is the QB clash we've been waiting for. PARIS — Rafael Nadal tied Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles by producing a nearly perfect performance against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final. Federer’s first arrived at Wimbledon that year; Nadal, naturally, earned his first in France in 2005, by which point he trailed 4-0. Sunday's victory brought Nadal level with Federer for the most Grand Slam singles titles won by a male player. ", Having won the Italian Open earlier this week, Halep is hotly tipped to win her second French Open this year, especially given the absence of Barty and US Open champion Naomi Osaka, who. (More Sports News)Nadal made … Djokovic slightly improved in the second set, but Nadal still overpowered him with his 20th-career Grand Slam title in sight. He faced only five break points himself, saving four. "He was not missing at all and getting every ball back, just playing tactically great. Williams, who turns 39 on Saturday, has fallen in four finals since her last grand slam victory in 2017. Terms of Use The much-anticipated matchup between these two titans of their sport was the first indoor French Open men’s final, contested under Court Philippe Chatrier’s new retractable roof. Nadal now has a four-year winning streak at Roland-Garros, and only three others players have taken the men's singles final in France since his reign began in 2005. Nadal currently leads the head-to-head on clay 6-1 against Djokovic. 1 and playing a grand slam (before), so that's more (pressure) than now. Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Your California Privacy Rights “I spent here the most important moments — or most of the important moments — in my tennis career,” Nadal said. I played at my highest level when I needed to play at my highest level, so [it’s] something that I am very proud of.". He played a perfect match, especially in the first two sets.". "A lot of people will agree, he's the number one favourite and the record that he has there, the history of his results, you just can't put anyone in front of him," said Djokovic, who surpassed Nadal's Masters 1000 record with his recent victory in Rome. 20 Milos Raonic told CNN earlier this year. "I think it's from playing so many tough matches in a row," Pliskova said after her retirement in Rome. The first set was a 45-minute master class conducted by Nadal, who came out incredibly crisply and cleanly, steering his high-rpm forehands precisely where he wanted them and using his defense-to-offense abilities to slide and stretch and flick balls back with aggression. Players have been tested upon arrival in Paris and will be approved to play if they return negative tests then and again 72 hours later. 30,765, This story has been shared 10,314 times. 10,314, THE BEST INSIGHTS FROM THE ULTIMATE INSIDERS, Blue Rush: A NY Giants Podcast Djokovic had won 14 of the last 18 matchups against Nadal, and led 29-26 overall, including a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win at the 2019 Australian Open final. This the eighth time that both aces will be playing against each other in Paris. Djokovic is now three titles behind the other members of the "Big Three," but he could close the gap at the 2021 Australian Open since he has won four of the last six majors down under. The key statistic: Nadal limited his unforced errors to 14 across 183 points, impressive against anyone, but especially someone the caliber of Djokovic, who accumulated 52. But he did surprise me with the way he was playing, the quality of tennis he was producing, the level. Djokovic said he was impressed with the way Nadal extended his Roland Garros dominance, per ATPTour.com. Nadal won more points on first serve, second serve, service breaks and returning games than Djokovic in the first set, dominating in all categories by a margin of 20 percentage points or more. 13 on the red clay, courtesty of a surprisingly dominant 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory over the No. Nadal established his dominance right away in the 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory under the closed roof at Court Philippe-Chatrier. 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This also was the first French Open contested with players walking on court wearing masks on account of the coronavirus pandemic, the reason the 15-day event was shifted from May-June to September-October and crowds were limited to 1,000 per day. On Sunday, those lucky enough to attend mainly were concentrated in not-very-socially-distanced dense clumps in the first 20 or so rows; the roof helped amplify cheers and roars reverberating around the enclosed space. Part of the challenge players face with a crowded schedule is managing the transition between hard and clay courts in a short space of time. Her three titles in Paris -- the last coming in 2015 -- are more than any other player in the women's draw. I felt well throughout the entire tournament. Instead, Djokovic was left to puff his cheeks or roll his eyes, lower his head or slump his shoulders, exasperated with himself, perhaps, but also unable to figure out how to counter the relentless perfection on the other side of the net.

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