Spaniard Rafael Nadal was crowned the 13th time champion at Roland Garros by beating Serb Novak Djokovic this Sunday by 3 sets to 0, partial 6-0, 6-2 7-5, thus equaling the historic mark of 20 Swiss achievements Roger Federer in Grand Slam tournaments, the most important on the tennis circuit.
It took Nadal 2 hours and 41 minutes to overcome the Serbian and thus expand his record of trophies in the French capital, where he has won 100 and only two defeats since he first won on clay in Paris in 2005. Among the three great tennis players from Currently, the Spaniard and Federer, away from competition due to an injury, have 20 Grand Slam titles (Roland Garros, US Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon), while Djokovic has 17.
The Spanish tennis player was once again champion in an edition of the competition in the capital of France, postponed from spring to autumn (in the northern hemisphere), due to the coronavirus pandemic, and with a limited audience of 1,000 spectators per day, the most difficult still.
During the tournament, he insisted that the conditions were “the worst ever” for his style, referring to the “extreme cold”, the new balls used in the matches, “hard as stones”, and the lack of competition pace, after six months away from the courts, having played only the Rome tournament before embarking for Paris.
All of this seemed to give the Serb the opportunity to achieve his second great victory in France, repeating the feat of 2016. Furthermore, after a sunny morning, which promised dry clay for the Spaniard, just before the final started to rain and the new roof retractable from the central court Philippe Chatrier was triggered.
Moisture, rain and roof, the ideal setting for the ‘indoor game king’ Djokovic. But Nadal knew how to face adversity and, maintaining his concentration and almost without making mistakes, he knew how to impose himself on an unrecognizable opponent, without ideas, who barely offered resistance in this which was his first defeat in 2020 (not to mention the disqualification in the US Open for hitting a jackpot at the line referee).