Rafael Nadal improved his record by defeating Novak Djokovic 6–0, 6–2, 7–5 in a one-sided match on Sunday, winning the men’s singles title of the French Open tennis tournament for the 13th time. With this title win, Nadal also equaled Roger Federer’s record of winning 20 Grand Slam titles. Earlier, Federer’s record of winning the most major titles in men’s singles was.
Djokovic, the world’s number one player, was competing to win the 18th Grand Slam title. Nadal won with Ace after which he started to laugh on his knee and waved his hands in the air. Nadal did not lose a single set this year during the title win in his favorite tournament.
The world number two is also his 100th win at the French Open. He reached a win-loss record of 100-2 over Roland Garrow. Nadal’s record in the semi-finals and finals of this Grand Slam tournament is 26–0. This is Nadal’s fourth consecutive title win in Paris.
The Spaniard has previously won the French Open four times in a row between 2005-08 and five consecutive times between 2010-14. Apart from this, he has also won the titles of US Open four times, Wimbledon twice and Australia Open once. Nadal first equaled Federer in terms of winning the Gradeslam. The two did not have a single Grand Slam title in 2003. Federer won his first title the same year as Wimbledon, while Nadal won his first title in 2005 in Paris.
Nadal is the oldest player to win the French Open title since 1972. There is a gap of over 15 years between their first and latest Grandslam titles which is the biggest difference in the men’s category. This was the 56th match between Nadal and Djokovic, the most matches between any two male players in the professional age.
These two players were face to face for the ninth time in the Grand Slam final and thus equaled the highest Grand Slam final between Nadal and Federer. Djokovic has won 14 out of the last 18 matches against Nadal and is 29-26 ahead in total matches.