Rafael Nadal laid a 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 beatdown on Novak Djokovic on Sunday to win an unprecedented 13th French Open and tie Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam titles.

The Spanish second seed won the first men’s final played “indoors” here as the new Chatrier showcourt roof was closed on a rainy day.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd/Alamy Live News

The drubbing took two hours, 41 minutes, with Djokovic only winning his first game of the afternoon 55 minutes after play began.

Nadal sealed it with his fourth ace with alove game after breaking Djokovic a game earlier on a second serve ruled wide by the chair umpire.

The 34-year-old Spaniard now stands 100-2 in the event,

“It’s been a very tough year, but to win here means everything for me,” the winner said, referring to the virus-impacted season.

“To win again here means everything to me.

“This is not the moment to think about equalling the 20 of Roger, for me, today is just another Roland Garros victory.

Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd/Alamy Live News

“Novak had another great tournament, I’m sorry for today – but he killed me in Australia (2019 final).

“Today was for me, that’s part of the game: one day one winns, the next day another wins.

“After all I’ve been through in my career with injury – without a great team and a family around me it would have been impossible.”

The one-sided knockout rivals Nadal’s other rout in a Roland Garros final, when he thumped Federer 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 in 2008.

Nadal and Djokovic were playing for the 56th time, with the Spaniard closing in the series to 27-29; the pair last played here five years ago in a quarter-final with Djokovic winning in straight sets. 

Djokivic was broken seven times, with Nadal striking 31 winners.

Novak Djokovic. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd/Alamy Live News

“Huge congrats to Rafa and his team and family,” the world No. 1 Serb said. “What you are doing on the court is amazing.

“You showed today why you are the king of the clay, I experienced that in my own skin. 

“it was a tough match for me today, I’m not pleased with how I played 

“I was outplayed by a better player.

“This virus situation difficult all worldwide, but we have the opportunity to play the sport that we love.” 

Nadal becomes the fifth player in history – man or woman – to win 20 Grand Slam singles titles along with Margaret Court (24) , Serena Williams (23), Steffi Graf (22) and Federer (20). 


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