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French Open 2020 Final, Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic Highlights: Nadal wins 6-0, 6-2, 7-5

French Open 2020 Final, Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic Highlights: Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam title, equalling Federer, and his 13th French Open title.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: October 11, 2020 10:17:18 pm
Nadal won his 13th French Open title. (Twitter/RolandGarros)

French Open 2020 Men’s Final, Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic Tennis Highlights: Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in the French Open 2020 final on Sunday, claiming his 20th Grand Slam title and his 13th French Open title.

Djokovic failed to find any rhythm in the first two sets, and even though he gave a dogged fight in most games, all the important points were going to Nadal. The Serb found a way back in the third set and even managed to nose ahead. However, Nadal broke him again after two hours and thirty minutes of what was one of the greatest clay court performances of all time and then saw out the set 7-5.

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French Open 2020 Men's Final, Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic Highlights:

21:48 (IST)11 Oct 2020
A Roland Garros legend

In 2005, Nadal won here for the first time. It's 2020 now, and it's still the Spaniard who is winning. His 20th title today. It's his 100th match win today. What an insane record he has here! 

Results at RG :
100 wins (including 7 against Djokovic, more than against any other player)
2 losses (v Soderling in 2009, v Djokovic in 2015)

21:45 (IST)11 Oct 2020
King of Clay

'Today you showed why you are the King of the Clay,' Djokovic, the runner up tells Nadal.

21:43 (IST)11 Oct 2020
'Winning here means everything to me' - Nadal

"Very tough year, but winning here means everything to me. It's not the moment to thing about equaling Roger. For me today it's just a RG victory. It means everything to me," says Nadal.

21:26 (IST)11 Oct 2020
Nadal wins 6-0, 6-2, 7-5

A clinical game to see it off! Nadal wins 6-0, 6-2, 7-5. It's been one of the greatest claycourt performances of all time. Nadal wins his 20th Grand Slam title. Equals Federer's record. His 13th French Open title.

21:19 (IST)11 Oct 2020
Nadal 6-5 Djokovic in third set - Nadal serves for title

More and more errors creep into Djokovic's game. A little hurried into some of his strokes. Nadal holds serve. Djokovic makes a double fault to lose serve in the next game. A marginal call, it's a matter of inches, but Djokovic has fallen behind again. Nadal gets the break again. Goes 6-5 up. Will serve for the match and title now.

21:08 (IST)11 Oct 2020
Nadal 4-5 Djokovic

The Djokovic train rolls on. Takes Nadal to the limit in the 8th game but it's the Spaniard who manages to hold serve this time. Djokovic indicates he has some trouble with his footwork. As if on cue, Nadal wrong steps him in a rally. The Serb left smiling wryly. Some signs of frustration from him. Nadal keeps his cool. It's another titanic game in the 9th. Djokovic holds off the break point and holds serve. 5-4 up in the third set. 

20:55 (IST)11 Oct 2020
Djokovic breaks back for first time. Nadal 3-4 Djokovic

Djokovic breaks back in the third set! And follows up with a fist pump and a roar. That's the reaction this match needed. It's 3-all in the third set. Follows up by holding serve. Another fistpump! It's not over till it's over. Djokovic leads 4-3. 

20:44 (IST)11 Oct 2020
Nadal breaks Djokovic again, 3-2 up in third set

Djokovic loses his wheels. Gets a chance in the fourth game to nose ahead but hits a wild forehand that goes long. That changes the momentum of the match again, just as Djokovic looked to get level. He is broken at love in the fifth game. Nadal on serve to take a lead in the third set too.

20:28 (IST)11 Oct 2020
Nadal 1-1 Djokovic in third set

It's a good start for Djokovic in the third set. Controls the rallies in the first game to go 1-0 up. Wins a spectacular rally as Nadal serves in the second game. It's just a false dawn though. Nadal makes short work of the rest of the game.

20:16 (IST)11 Oct 2020
Nadal 6-0, 6-2 up in final

Nadal takes the 2nd set 6-2. Djokovic gets on the scoreboard for just the second time in the match. Holds his serve to go 2-5 in the second set. Nadal now serves for the second set. Who would have thought Nadal would drop just two games in the fiurst 2 sets of this final! It has been exhibition stuff from the Spaniard so far. And while the Serb has given good fight, the important points have all gone Nadal's way.

20:07 (IST)11 Oct 2020
Nadal 5-1 Djokovic

Djokovic brings up what his only his first serve of the match to hold off Nadal's break point in the fifth game. But it's futile. Another hard-fought game inched by Nadal, who goes 4-1 up. Some unstoppable forehands from Nadal, who now looks untouchable, in the next game, which he takes 

19:56 (IST)11 Oct 2020
2nd Set: Nadal 3-1 Djokovic

It's another titanic game as Djokovic serves again in the third set. Some signs of negative body language from the Serb now. And it's Nadal who breaks again and for the first time in the second set. Djokovic looks lost and without a Plan B. All the big points are going Nadal's way. He takes the next game to Deuce, but it's Nadal again who holds.

19:42 (IST)11 Oct 2020
2nd Set: Nadal 1-1 Djokovic

It has taken him nearly an hour but Djokovic does finally hold serve. He does finally get on the scoreboard. Has to hold off some break points in the process too. But it's Djokovic 1-0 in the second set. Not since Gaston Gaudio in 2004 has a French Open winner won the title since going down 0-6 in the first set. Could this set Djokovic on his way though? Nadal holds serve comfortably.

19:27 (IST)11 Oct 2020
Nadal takes first set 6-0

Nadal has done the unthinkable! He has broken Djokovic thrice in a row and has taken the first set 6-0. He is at home at Roland Garros now and for ever.

19:22 (IST)11 Oct 2020
Nadal 5-0 Djokovic

Nadal edges ahead on serve again. Novak being outplayed by Nadal at the moment. Does brilliantly to get to a Nadal drop shot and then brings up his first break point of the match by directing a backhand down the line. Nadal matches fire with fire, bangs in a forehand down the line of his own. It's a 10-minute game. Djokovic stretching Nadal there. But it's Nadal who closes out the game with an ace. 4-0 to Nadal! And it goes all the way the Spaniard's way the next game too. And he breaks again! It's one way traffic at the Philippe Chatrier! 5-0 to Nadal. And on serve to take the first set.

19:02 (IST)11 Oct 2020
Nadal 3-0 Djokovic

Nadal takes a comfortable lead on serve but then Djokovic claws back. Shows some fantastic defence - some dose of the medicine Nadal himself gave in the first game - to get us back to Deuce, again from 15-40 down. Nadal holds on though, and holds serve. Goes 2-0 up. More epic rallies in the third game. It's Nadal who noses ahead. And breaks Djokovic again! It's all going the Spaniard's way in his 'home ground' for now.

18:47 (IST)11 Oct 2020
Nadal breaks Djokovic - On serve and 1-0 up

Djokovic serves. He employs the drop shot straightaway. Nadal, sitting deep, cannot get to it. And again! It's Djokovic's drop shot dealing some damage to Nadal. An aggressive cross court backhand from Nadal to get us to Deuce from 15-40 down. An incredible rally to follow, where Nadal turns defence to attack in moments, as Djokovic's drop shot lets him down this time. And Nadal breaks! What a start to the match!

18:34 (IST)11 Oct 2020
All set for titanic clash - Djokovic will serve first

The players are in the arena. Final moments before the final starts. The toss takes place. Djokovic wins and elects to serve first. Who will win the first set and take control of the final?

18:23 (IST)11 Oct 2020
Landmark day in tennis

Nadal is bidding for a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title, a record 13th Roland-Garros title & his 100th win at the tournament. Djokovic is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era to win each of the four Grand Slams twice. Just a few minutes till the players set foot inside the arena. There is rain around though, and the Philippe Chatrier roof is closed.

18:03 (IST)11 Oct 2020
History at stake

Most Grand Slam finals - Men's Singles

Federer, 31
Nadal, 28
Djokovic, 27

Djokovic-Nadal head to head
7-17 on clay
6-9 on Grand Slams
1-4 at RolandGarros
1-0 in 2020
Djokovic has won 14 of the last 18 matches.