Rafael Nadal produced an astonishing performance at the French Open on Sunday to win his 13th title at Roland Garros, beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

The Spaniard dominated almost from start to finish as he romped home 6-0; 6-2; 7-5 in two hours and 41 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier to claim his 20th Grand Slam title, equalling Roger Federer’s all-time record in the progress. 

His victory was also the 100th time he won in Paris, in what was his 102nd match, and his win marked the fourth time he has gone through an entire French Open campaign without dropping a single set.

Fans were in awe of Nadal’s performance, with one Twitter user describing it as a “masterclass of the highest order,” while another simply said, “Nadal on clay. That’s all there is to say.”

The world No.2 hit 31 winners on Sunday and just 14 unforced errors. Djokovic hit 38 winners, but he made 52 unforced errors. 

Incredibly, Nadal has still never lost a final at Roland Garros. 


Lwazi Dlamini

I am a 3rd Year Bcom Economics Student at the University of the Free State. I  am also part of the SRC Sports committee and the Sports Editor Kovsie FM (Campus Radio Station). I have an interest in Sports Media and the role that Sport plays changing lives and promoting togetherness for all races.

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