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Rafael Nadal Created History By Equalling Roger Federer's Tally of 20 Grand Slams

Rafael Nadal won the French Open for 13th time in his illustrious career beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

By Neeraj Kumar

Rafael Nadal Created History By Equalling Roger Federer's Tally of 20 Grand Slams

Tennis fans were sport’s greatest rivalries but it proved to be one of the most one-sided games in a grand slam finals in the Open Era as Nadal thrashed Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 and lifted the French Open trophy for the 13th time in his illustrious career. Rafael Nadal is the only player in the history of tennis to win a single grand slam for more than 10 times. The next best is Roger Federer's 8 titles at the Wimbledon. With this one, Novak Djokovic is stuck at 17 grand slams and Roger Federer's tally has been equaled. Rafael Nadal was over the moon after his emphatic win and couldn't help but express his joy in front of the limited crowd that witnessed their champion winning the French open for the 13th time.

Novak Djokovic had a tough semifinal clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas while Nadal didn't drop a single set in the entire tournament and was definitely more deserving of the two. Novak had no answers to Nadal's winners and was outplayed, to be honest. Even Novak Djokovic in his post-match interview admitted that he couldn't live up to the expectations and has vowed to come back stronger the next year. Soon after Nadal won the French Open, his rival on the court and friend off the field Roger Federer congratulated him and termed his win as one of the greatest achievements in sports. 

Nadal adapted brilliantly and was just invincible on the big day. Soon after his win, social media demanded the organizers to name French Open as Nadal Open as his records at the French Open can't be matched and this is one record which is most likely to stay for centuries. Nadal is now tied with the legendary Roger Federer at 20 Grand Slams each and he and Novak Djokovic are the only active players who have beaten Rafael Nadal at the French Open. Dominic Thiem was expected to turn things around this time but he couldn't progress post-quarter-finals. The younger lot comprising of Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Dominic Thiem will have to pull up their socks if they have to stop Nadal at the French Open in the coming years. Nadal is 34 and is still the number one contender for winning slams.

Novak Djokovic though, you gotta feel for him this was his 4th defeat in the finals at the French Open. This was also his second loss of 2020 as he had a great run this year and after missing out at the U.S. open via disqualification, a lot was expected out of him to stop Nadal at the French Open. However that wasn't the case as Nadal was just invincible and didn't leave any stone unturned to make sure, he equals Roger Federer's tally. Not much of tennis left in 2020 and the players will have ample time to recover before 2021 and hopefully, we find some new Slam winners the next year.

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