Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to win 13th French Open title

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.

61 comments

    • Less than 3 hours and we don’t need to imagine it because he just did it. At one point I really thought ND was about to cry during the tournament.

      I wonder if Dominic thinks he still has a chance in 2021 because he probably watched Rafa win.

  1. Querido Rafa
    Muy orgullosa de ti. Congratulationsssssss!
    Gracias por tu corazón tan tierno para todos.
    Vamoooos Rafa!😄❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️#20 #100
    #13 yeah!!!!!!

  2. This can’t be Repeated in centuries to come
    Greatest performance by far against your toughest opponent possible and on Greatest day….What a champion what an ultimate Human being giving Excellent message…. Great revenge of Aus open

  3. I can’t even describe how sweet this victory is… Beating ND in 3 straight is just an incredible accomplishment…
    I remember last year at the semi finals… it was a windy windy day and Rafa faced Roger and beat him easily … After the match Roger said that Rafa is unbeatable on clay and is the greatest to have ever played on this surface… And he proved it again today.
    With only one match played in Rome in 6 months time Rafa comes to Paris and destroys the competition leading up to today’s stunning victory over Novak Djokovic.

    Congratulations RAFA!!! So very happy for you and your team…

    Stay well and stay safe!!! 🏆❤️🏆❤️🏆

    • Marileena, may I add “a juicy bagel” to your comment? I just can’t control my gleeeee. Happy you included lack of preparation.

  4. Over the moon!!!! At last!’n

    Rafa I can’t express my joy – it’s just too much!

    Love you Rafa!!!

    ❤️🤗🍀😘

  5. PHENOMNADAL!!!

    Nico Almagro said after the semi to forget the Coupe des Mousquetaires. They should just give him the Eiffel Tower. I say that after today they should add in the Arc de Triomphe.

    A feat never to be equalled. Unimaginable for anyone except Rafael Nadal. The true goat forever.

  6. ENHORABUENA RAFA!!!!! Con gran emoción y alegria te digo IMPECABLE, PERFECTO, SIEMPRE CONTIGO!!! TE QUEREMOSSSSS!!!!!

  7. YES YES YES. You beautiful champ!!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
    Head and shoulders above the rest!

  8. BRAVOOO!!!!! Rafa, llena de emoción y lágrima en los ojos, solo te digo Rafa eres EL REY DE LA TIERRA BATIDA, sabia que ganarias, TE QUEREMOS Y SIEMPRE CONTIGO

  9. Oh Rafa!! I love seeing you so happy!
    Hope I find a screenshot of him biting his shirt 😊
    🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

  10. Wilander: ‘I didn’t expect Rafa to play this well…’

    What did he expect?? Get outta here Mats! Our champ came to win his 13th and he did so in style!!!

    • Yes Mac. So many of the pundits had Rafa beaten before he even stepped on to court, saying that the weather conditions would favour Novak and he’s been the better player throughout the tournanent. Well our champ has a great ability to adapt. Do glad he proved them wrong.

      • Lorna, so many of the so called pundits were not paying attention to Rafa. They didn’t give him credit for accepting the things he couldn’t change nor did they recognize his ability to adapt. He had his say about the conditions but then went on to the business at hand: winning his next match.

        Had they followed all of his pressers and any statements he made it was clear he was there to win despite a roof; despite the balls, despite the cold, despite losing at Rome, despite no fans.

        The Rafa who arrived in Paris was not the same Rafa who faced ND. It was a mentally stronger Rafa and that, I believe, made a huge difference.

        As I suggested earlier, I hope the RG roof was good practice for Wimbledon.

        RAFA ALWAYS A WINNER

  11. Vamoooooossss! Can’t desrcribe what i feel. What a great match👍

    Enjoy it Rafa❤️❤️

    #20
    #13
    #100winsatRG

    WOW!!!

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