Nadal celebrated with gusto anyway, pumping his fists and laughing into his shirt like a dizzying winner.
And why not? The 34-year-old Spaniard broadened his own record with a 13th title at Roland Garros and expanded his unique dominance over his signature event with the precision of a clinician. He’s only had 14 casual mistakes against one of his career great rivals and remains undefeated in the French Open final.
Playing against one of the sport’s toughest competitors with such control is no small feat.
But the game was over in just 2 hours and 41 minutes, Djokovic’s most one-sided defeat by far in 26 Grand Slam finals in 2007. Even when the couple played for the Coupe des Mousquetaires in 2012 and 2014, Djokovic sat down against them Team by the so-called King of Clay.
For Nadal, however, it was secondary to tie Federer’s record at his career-defining event.
“I’m not thinking about the 20th today … for me today is just a Roland Garros victory,” said Nadal, thanking the organizers of the city and the tournament. “Roland Garros means everything to me – I have spent the most important moments of my tennis career here.”
On Sunday, Nadal’s victory in the second set – also against the tireless Djokokvic – felt assured. The main drama of the game was that there was so little drama.
The fight began as a geometric marvel, with a multitude of shots, hit at sharp angles and rallies, lasting two or three points longer than if Nadal or Djokovic had played a lesser caliber opponent. Both 30-year-olds chased dropshots down and then sprinted like crazy back on defense.
But Djokovic’s serve wasn’t the place to throw Nadal off balance, and the slow clay surface – made slower by cool conditions – robbed him of his usual basic advantage of chasing opponents on the court.
Nadal pounced on Djokovic’s first serve and gave the Serb only his fourth 6-0 set in a major in his career – two of them came when Djokovic was a teenager.
The 33-year-old Djokovic looked lifeless until the middle of the third set when he won two games in a row and briefly took a 4-3 lead. After that, he walked around the square asking the crowd of 1,000 masked spectators restricted due to coronavirus restrictions. for more support. His wife Jelena jumped up from her seat and threw the blanket with which she had covered herself on her chair.
Djokovic looked more like him after all, but it was too late to do anything against the suffocating Nadal. Djokovic, who served at 5-all, made a double fault to give Nadal a chance to serve for the set.
The Spaniard sealed it with an ace before sinking to his knees on the red clay.
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