Rafael Nadal ties Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record by dominating Novak Djokovic
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal won a blockbuster matchup with Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic to win his 13th French Open. The recent victory eventually tied him with Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 Grand Slams, according to Yahoo Sports.
Nadal was in a shaky position to win the match as he had a six-month-long lay-off due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, he still managed to play like his dominant self and vented ire on the struggling Djokovic.
The world’s No. 1 player found himself in an unexpected slump and didn’t win a single game in the first set. It was the first time in his career that he didn’t win a single game in the first set of a Grand Slam final. It took him over an hour to finally win a game but it was too late for him to gain enough momentum as he already found himself buried in a deep hole.
The first and second sets went to the way of Rafael Nadal, 6-0, 6-2. Djokovic attempted to mount his comeback in the third set where he won the first game and took a 2-1 lead after the third game. His Spanish counterpart eventually answered and never looked back as he took away the set on a 7-5 outcome.
With the dominant win, Nadal is now a perfect 13-for-13 in the French Open finals. He also didn’t drop a single set during the entire tournament for the fourth time ever in his career.
He is also the first player in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title 15 years after his first one.