Roger Federer, other stars celebrate Rafael Nadal’s historic day at the 2020 French Open


Rafael Nadal made history on Sunday as he defeated Novak Djokovic 6–0, 6–2, 7–5 in the 2020 French Open men’s final to earn his 20th major title and 13th place Roland Garros. He is now tied with Roger Federer for the most Grand Slam wins by a man in the open era (since 1968) and is just the fifth player – man or woman – to reach the 20-major milestone.

It was an almost flawless performance by Nadal, who needed just two hours and 41 minutes to demolish the world No.1 and achieve his 100th victory on the earth of Paris. It was the ninth career meeting between the two long-time rivals in a major final – and the 56th clash overall – but one more result.

“Today you showed why you are the ‘King of Clay’,” Djokovic told Nadal during the trophy presentation. “I have experienced it in my own skin. It was a very tough match for me today. Obviously, I am not so happy with the way I am playing. I definitely got courted by a better player today. ”

Nadal did not miss a set during the tournament, and he won the title in straight sets at Roland Garros for the fourth time. The 34-year-old Spaniard had just 14 unforced errors on the day compared to 52 for Djokovic.

The limited but lively crowd showed their adoration for “King of Clay” after the match, and the viewing from home was no different. Tennis giants, current players – including Federer and newly-crowned women’s champion Inga Swetek – and other athletes and celebrities from around the world praised Nadal after his stunning performance.

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