Nadal routs Djokovic for 13th French Open, record-equalling 20th Grand Slam
Rafael Nadal demolished Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 to win his 13th French Open and hit Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam titles on Sunday.
For Djokovic, world number one, the defeat put an end to his hopes of an 18th slam and becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four majors twice.
34-year-old Nadal celebrated his 100th match win at Roland Garros against just two defeats since his debut in 2005.
The Spaniard, the oldest master in Paris since Andres Gimeno in 1972, won the title without dropping a sentence.
He ended the one-sided affair with only 14 unforced mistakes against his opponent's 52.
"Congratulations to Novak for another great tournament. Sorry for today. We have played together many times - one day one wins, the other," said Nadal.
"After all the things I've been through with injuries in my career, I couldn't have done it without my family."
Nadal said he didn't even think to match Federer's record.
"It's been a very tough year. Winning here means everything to me, so it's not about equating Roger with 20. For me it's just a Roland Garros win today.
"Roland Garros means everything to me. I have spent most of the important moments of my tennis career here.
"Just playing here is a real inspiration. The love story I have with this dish and this city is incredible."
The 56th meeting between the two best in the world began under the umbrella of Court Philippe Chatrier, adding to the echo of a crowd limited to 1,000 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Conventional evidence suggested that this would favor Djokovic, but no one told Nadal, who went broke three times in the 45-minute opening sentence.
The Spaniard met 10 winners and only two easy mistakes.
Djokovic's number of mistakes was 13, with the deranged Serb wasting three of his own breakpoints in the fourth game.
Even more worrying for the world number one, Nadal improved to 111-0 when he won the first set of his five best career games on clay.
It was the first opening movement "Bagel" in a Roland Garros final since 2004 when Gaston Gaudio recovered and defeated the Argentinean compatriot Guillermo Coria in five movements.
Djokovic finally came on the board with a service hold in the first game of the second set, but Nadal kept his relentless pressure on and paused twice for 4-1 as even the Serb's usual nifty touches on the drop shot left him had.
Nadal secured a two-set lead with his casual error rate of just six on Djokovic's 30.
Nadal broke a 3-2 lead for the sixth time before Djokovic suddenly restored his reputation as the sport's top returner by making his first break of the afternoon 3-3.
There shouldn't be a miracle recovery, however, as Nadal took a 6-5 lead through a double fault and won the title with an ace.
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