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Rafael Nadal won his 13th Roland-Garros on Sunday by crushing Novak Djokovic (6-0, 6-2, 7-5), tying the record of 20 Grand Slam trophies set by Roger Federer.
Rafael Nadal offers himself a 13th coronation. The Spaniard outclassed Novak Djokovic, Sunday, October 11, in three sets 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in the Roland Garros final, at the same time equalizing the record of twenty Grand Slam trophies set by Roger Federer .
Novak Djokovic remains in 17 majors and takes his first defeat of the year on a regular basis, the second after his shock disqualification at the US Open. He therefore did not become the first player of the Open era (since 1968) to have at least twice each of the four Grand Slam titles on his record.
Against Nadal, the Serbian has almost never managed to reverse the trend except at the end of the third in which he led 5-4. This one keeps however its first place in the world in the ATP ranking.
Hundredth match won at Roland-Garros
“Winning here is everything for me,” said Rafael Nadal. “I don’t think about the twentieth (Grand Slam), today it’s just a victory at Roland-Garros, and Roland-Garros, that’s all for me, I spent the most important moments of my career without a doubt. “
“Just playing here is an inspiration to me, the love affair I have with this city and this short is unforgettable,” he added.
No one other than him has won the same Grand Slam tournament more than eleven times. At 34 years and 130 days, the Spaniard becomes the oldest winner since his compatriot Andres Gimeno in 1972 on Parisian clay. And he does it without losing a single set. This success in the final marks his hundredth game won at Roland Garros.
Two sets, six fouls
After two sets, the Mallorcan had committed only six unforced errors (only two in the first set) while he had struck 21 winning shots. At the same time, he had dismissed three break points out of three.
On the other side of the net, it took 54 minutes for Djokovic to register his very first game. And 1h28 to pocket a second. The Serbian had never conceded 6-0 in the Grand Slam final.
Again broken at the start of the third round, the world number 1 ended up grabbing Nadal’s service after 2h10 of play to pick up.
But he lost his commitment one last time with a double fault, to allow “Rafa” to lead 6-5. The Spaniard did not tremble to conclude the next game, on an ace.
Nadal returns to 27-29 in his face-to-face with Djokovic. In total, in more than two and a half hours, he will have committed only fourteen unforced errors. Djokovic, he has exceeded fifty (52 precisely), especially on the backhand, yet his strongest blow.