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‘You merely adopted the clay; I was born in it’: Rafael Nadal wins 13th French Open

Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic to win a record-extending 13th French Open and match Roger Federer with his 20th Grand Slam title.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: October 12, 2020 12:52:18 pm
Rafael NadalRafael Nadal celebrates winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Serbia's Novak Djokovic in three sets. (AP)

Rafael Nadal destroyed Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 to win his 13th French Open on Sunday. With this victory, he also equalled Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles. World No.1 Djokovic remained behind with 17 Grand Slam titles.

In what was their 56th meeting, Djokovic was completely outplayed by the Spaniard and when the ‘King of Clay’ ended it with an ace, it meant that astoundingly, he did not cede a set in French Open 2020.

“The love story that I have with this city, and with this court, is unforgettable,” Nadal said in the post-match presentation.

Wishes and tributes poured in for El Nino from across the globe and here are the best reactions after his memorable victory –

Notably, Nadal’s victory was also his 100th career match win at Roland Garros. The Spaniard now boasts of a win-loss record that reads 100-2 at the tournament.

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