Rafael Nadal has been the most dominant player in tennis history at a single major. The Spaniard has been competing for nearly two decades, winning 14 of his 18 trips to Paris at Roland Garros and losing just 3 times in his favorite tournament.
Speaking of his much-coveted Roland Garros final, Rafa has opted for a 2020 victory over arch-rival Novak Djokovic. Nadal won his 13th Roland Garros crown in October 2020, equaling Roger Federer’s record of 20 major titles.
Despite the challenges and a formidable opponent, Nadal was poised to extend his reign in Paris. Overcoming all obstacles and the roof over his head, he managed to score a dominant victory and write history. Rafa won his 13th Roland Garros title in two hours and 41 minutes with a 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory to earn his 100th Paris victory in 102 matches.
Nadal was broken eight times in seven matches, and Djokovic couldn’t find the comeback magic to challenge the king of clay. Rafa had 31 winners and 14 unforced errors, controlled his strokes well, stole 51% of his return points and won seven breaks out of 18 chances to outclass Novak.
Djokovic struggled to find his A-game over two hours, spraying 50 unforced errors and unable to match Nadal’s pace in the opening two sets. He destroyed Rafa Novak in four shots at short range and after more sophisticated exchanges, he took the win in that section.
The Spaniard got off to a good start in the opening game of the match when Novak’s backhand landed long.
Rafael Nadal has named the 2020 Roland Garros final as his favourite.
Nadal won another return game 2-0 to increase his lead and extend his lead to 4-0 in the return game.
Rafa went 15th in the 6th game to complete his opening match with a bag, his first in a Roland Garros final in 2011. 2008 is after he did the same with Roger Federer! The defense got two breaks at number two and won 6-0 6-2 at 30 with a service winner in the 8th game in one hour and 34 minutes.
After trading breaks between sets, they stayed neck and neck until 5-5 in the third. Novak double-faulted in the 11th game to send his team down and Rafa to the title, and a few minutes later the Spaniard took another penalty.
A year later, Djokovic beat Nadal in the semifinals. “I played better and better at Roland Garros 2020, and I saved my best tennis for the final.
The match against Djokovic was one of my best performances in Paris, considering my strong opponent. It was a big success for me and I was very happy,” said Rafael Nadal.