One of the hardest duties in sports activities historical past is arguably defeating Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros. You ask why? Well, Noavk Djokovic is perhaps the greatest to clarify at this second proper now. He was unbeatable in 2020, which included a Grand Slam win at the begin of the yr and a clay-court win in Rome a fortnight in the past the place an unprepared Nadal had misplaced in the quarters. It was touted to be his hardest check to stretch his invincibility in 2020, and Nadal confirmed precisely why.
For starters, regardless of a neck-and-neck battle on the Parisian terre battue, Nadal registered a bagel in the very first set after 45 minutes of grilling. His domination continued in the second with a 6-2 win. Until then, Djokovic, the man who didn’t lose a match level this yr, had didn’t win any level on his return video games and was but to interrupt serve. Nadal did blink as soon as in the last set, maybe falling for the strain that the world primary had created with a couple of spectacular returns, however he maintained composure to serve it out to like with an ace as the Spaniard continued his reign in Paris with a record 13th main and equalling the one record that has been the cynosure of his contest, not to mention the event – equalling Roger Federer’s all-time Grand Slam tally.
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Here are all the numbers behind Rafael Nadal’s record 13th French Open haul at Roland Garros…
20 Nadal now stands alongside Federer for the most variety of Grand Slam trophies since the Open Era. This the first time that the two have the identical variety of majors since they each began out in 5, July 2003, the day earlier than the latter’s maiden Grand Slam haul at Wimbledon. Djokovic nonetheless stands second with 17 majors, adopted by Pete Sampras (14).
13 Nadal is now the first participant in Open Era, male or feminine, to win a single tour-level occasion 13 instances, surpassing Martina Navratilova who received the WTA occasion in Chicago 12 instances. In the males’s record, Nadal’s French Open tally is adopted by his achievements in Monte Carlo and Barcelona the place he has received 11 apiece. Nadal additionally prolonged the record for many trophies at a single Grand Slam occasion in Open Era, male or feminine. The subsequent on the record is Navratilova with 9 Wimbledon trophies.
100-2 The win helped the Spaniard to finish a century of wins at Roland Garros, a feat no different participant, male or feminine has achieved in French Open. The triple-digit has nonetheless been achieved by gamers at all the different Grand Slam occasions. Federer has received 102 matches at the Australian Open and 101 at the SW19. Nadal’s solely two defeats got here in opposition to Robin Soderling in 2009 and in opposition to Djokovic in 2015.
6 Nadal grew to become the first man in the Open Era to win six majors after turning 30, surpassing Djokovic who had equalled the feat after his eighth Australian Open haul this yr. Serena Williams holds the record with 10 titles after turning 30.
4 Nadal received his 13th French Open with out dropping a set. Only thrice in his profession has he achieved this feat – 2008, 2010 and 2017 – taking his tally to 4 – the most by a male tennis participant in Open Era throughout majors, surpassing Bjorn Borg (1976 Wimbledon and 1978, 1980 French Open).
2 Nadal additionally grew to become the second man after Djokovic in Open Era to win a Grand Slam title in three completely different a long time – 2000s, 2010s and 2020s.
14 Nadal has now received at least one Grand Slam title in 14 of the previous 16 years (besides 2015-16). Besides the 13 at Roland Garros, he has received 4 US Open trophies, two at the All England Club and one in Australian Open.
29-27 Nadal lowered the hole in his head-to-head rivalry with Djokovic which incorporates 7-1 lead at Roland Garros and 3-Zero in the French Open last. He additionally leads on clay with 18 wins in 25 conferences, 5-Four in Grand Slam finals and 10-6 in majors.