Rafael Nadal maintained his stranglehold on the French Open by beating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets to lift a 13th men’s singles title.
The Spaniard won for the fourth straight year at Roland Garros with a 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory under the closed roof on Court Philippe Chatrier.
After the match, Rafa said:
“Congrats to Novak for another great tournament. Sorry for today.
“It’s clear today was for me. That’s part of the game. We’ve played plenty times together – one day one wins, another the other.
Wehttps://media.gettyimages.com/photos/runnerup-novak-djokovic-of-serbia-and-winner-rafael-nadal-of-spain-picture-id1279662193?k=6&m=1279662193&s=612×612&w=0&h=m7_kkkuLjJtM5RNS3lfnhKcfI6tYxoQLEcub_zR7VFk= are facing one of the worst moments we remember fighting against this virus,” he says.
“Keep going. Stay positive and all the very best. We will get through this.
After all the things I went through in my career in terms of injuries, without a great team and family around me everything would be impossible.
“So thank you very much. I want to send a message to everyone around the world.
“We are facing one of the worst moments that we remember facing in this world, fighting against this virus. Keep going, stay positive.
“We will get through this and we will beat the virus soon.”
“It’s been a very tough year. Winning here means everything to me.
“It’s not about equalling Roger on 20, for me today it’s just a Roland Garros victory.
“Roland Garros means everything to me. I spent most of the most important moments of my tennis career here.
“Thank you very much to everybody here. Just playing here is a true inspiration. The love story I have with this court.”
Our champ is the first player to win 13 singles titles at the same Grand Slam and has now won 20 majors overall just like Roger Federer.