Rafael Nadal writes another glorious chapter in a legendary career

By Miguel Prazeres

October 12, 2020

Rafael Nadal wrote another glorious chapter in his brilliant career. The 34-year-old beat Novak Djokovic and won his 13th French Open title. It’s the 13th time that Nadal reaches the top of the French Open in the last 16 editions. The Spanish equaled Federer’s 20-Grand Slam mark.

As impressive as the achievement itself was the way it managed to achieve it

Rafael Nadal, the second player in ATP’s hierarchy at the moment, beat world number 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets. The “King of Clay” came out on fire at the Philippe Chartrier, conceding just 2 matches in the first sets. A 7-5 on the last one crowned once again Nadal at the French Open, after 2h40 of unquestionable superiority over his rival. Novak Djokovic, just for the record, had 37 wins in 38 matches in 2020, with the only loss coming at the US Open after the surprising event of his default.

Djokovic had won 14 of the last 18 meetings against Nadal

It was a very strange game between one of the most spectacular rivalries in the history of Tennis. Nadal was all over the place, denying every single attempt of Djokovic to discuss the result. The Serbian was surprisingly well below his level and lost the opportunity to become the first man in the Open Era to complete two Career Grand Slams. Djokovic managed to escape from what could have been a humiliation, by keeping the 3rd set outcome unpredictable until the end.

After many doubts about the playing conditions at the French Open, especially regarding the weather, Nadal leaves Paris with another Roland Garros Trophy without losing a single set. As for Djokovic, the Serbian improves his status as world number 1, adding plus 430 points comparing to last year’s semifinal in Paris. He will finish 2020 on top of the ranking and likely will surpass Federer’s 310-week mark by mid-March 2021.

Nadal’s brilliant era at Roland Garros continues. The Spanish won 99 of 101 matches played at the tournament. We should never say never in life, but Nadal’s record at the French Open is almost impossible to reach.

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