Spain’s Rafael Nadal created historical past as he beat Serbian Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in straight-sets to win a record-extending 13th French Open title on Sunday (October 11). Nadal has thus matched Roger Federer’s report of 20 Grand Slam titles.
Nadal now sits atop the Grand Slam charts alongside Federer with 20 Grand Slams with Djokovic, the subsequent on the checklist with 17 main titles to his title.
The Spaniard absolutely justified his tag of ‘The King of Clay’ with a commanding efficiency over the World No. 1 Djokovic. Nadal, 34, brushed apart pre-match assumptions that he would discover it tough this yr beneath the chilly circumstances because the match was delayed by virtually four months. He captured the title with out dropping a set throughout the two weeks at Roland Garros.
Nadal began the match in decimating vogue, handing Djokovic his first bagel in a Grand Slam closing. He attacked Djokovic’s backhand with some looping drives together with his trademark top-spin – which dissuaded Djokovic from enjoying together with his pure aptitude. Although, in every sport Djokovic showcased his defensive expertise, Nadal proved to be too sizzling too deal with.
Djokovic, 33, might do little as Nadal hit him out of the park within the opening set – breaking him 3 times. The spaniard hit winners at will and his defensive expertise on the famed clay of Roland Garros ensured that Nadal got here out on prime virtually everytime within the early exchanges.
Djokovic, lastly managed to open his account within the first sport of the second set however earlier than he might catch a breath, Nadal broke him twice and reached 5-1. Djokovic then gained his second sport however Nadal grabbed the sport by the scruff of the neck as he closed out the second set 6-2.