The Latest: Federer congratulates Nadal on 20th Slam title
PARIS (AP) - The latest from the French Open (all local):
Roger Federer has congratulated rival Rafael Nadal on his 20th Grand Slam title.
In an Instagram post on Sunday after Nadal's victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of the French Open, Federer wrote that he “always respected my friend Rafa as a person and as a champion”.
Federer calls Nadal "my greatest rival for many years" and says they "pushed each other to become better players".
Federer hopes that "20 is just one more step on the way for both of us".
The message ends with Federer saying, “Well done, Rafa. You deserve it."
The 39-year-old Federer prevailed at the French Open and the US Open, while missing out on most of the season after two operations on his right knee.
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Rafael Nadal compared Roger Federer with his 20th Grand Slam individual title.
Nadal's 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 win against Novak Djokovic in the final of the French Open was also Nadal's 100th career win at Roland Garros. The Spaniard improved to 100: 2 in the tournament.
Nadal did not drop a set at this year's tournament. He served an ace on his first championship point.
It was Djokovic's second loss that year. His only other loss in 2020 was when he defaulted at the US Open last month for accidentally punching a linesman in the throat with a ball he was furious during a fourth round match against Pablo Carreño Busta had beaten.
Djokovic stayed with 17 Grand Slam titles.
Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 to win a record-breaking 13th French Open and beat Roger Federer with his 20th Grand Slam title.
The best placed Djokovic stayed with 17 Grand Slam titles.
Rafael Nadal leads Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2 in the final of the French Open and is only a set away from a record-breaking 13th title at Roland Garros.
Djokovic saved three breakpoints before holding his serve in the opening game of the second set to finally get on the board.
Nadal then broke twice for a 4-1 lead in the second and held from there.
Nadal didn't drop a set in the tournament.
Rafael Nadal won the first 6-0 against Novak Djokovic in the final of the French Open.
Nadal has not lost a sentence at Roland Garros this year. He's looking for a record-breaking 13th trophy from Roland Garros.
Nadal saved three breakpoints at 3-0 and scored an ace on his first target.
Nadal also won the first set 6-0 against Djokovic on the way to last year's Italian Open title.
The French Open final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is underway. The retractable roof of the Philippe Chatrier courtyard is closed.
It started raining shortly before the start of the game.
Nadal is looking for a record-breaking 13th trophy from Roland Garros and can equate Roger Federer with his 20th Grand Slam title.
Djokovic is looking for his 18th Grand Slam title.
It is the 56th meeting between Nadal and Djokovic. This is most of the meetings between two men in the professional era of sport. Djokovic leads 29-26 overall. Nadal leads 6-1 at Roland Garros.
Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic have defended their French Open title in women's doubles.
The Hungarian-French pairing, which was seeded second, defeated the 14th team of Alexa Guarachi from Chile and the American Desirae Krawczyk 6: 4, 7: 5.
It's Babo's and Mladenovic's fourth Grand Slam double title together. Not only did you win at Roland Garros last year, but you also won twice at the Australian Open in 2018 and 2020.
In addition to four titles won with Babos, Mladenovic won doubles at Roland Garros with French compatriot Caroline Garcia in 2016.
Regardless of whether Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final to win a 13th French Open, the tournament director believes the record of 12 titles the Spaniard already holds can never be matched.
Guy Forget said Nadal's record of 12 played finals, 12 won finals at Roland Garros before the game against Djokovic "is incomprehensible" and "the greatest achievement, sporting achievement any sport will ever see".
"To win it 12 times I don't know and possibly the 13th time I don't think that record will ever be beaten again," said Forget.
"It's just beyond anything anyone could have imagined 10 years ago."
Roland Garros organizers say they did not make a profit with this year's pandemic hit edition of the French Open, which was postponed from spring to autumn, deprived of 97% of ticket sales and most of the spectators, and with the men's final on Sunday by Novak Djokovic against Rafael Nadal.
For the next year, organizers are still planning to move the Grand Slam clay court tournament back to its usual slot from May to June, but admit they don't know if the pandemic will allow it.
"We don't have a crystal ball," said Bernard Giudicelli, President of the French Tennis Federation. "We are advancing into the unknown."
Organizers said this year's September through October edition, in the middle of the pandemic, with just 1,000 viewers a day and only 3% of the usual tickets sold, generated $ 80 million to $ 100 million in success for the tournament's revenue and deserved what it took to keep
"We don't make a (profit) margin," said Jean-François Vilotte, General Director of the French Federation.
Giudicelli insisted that holding the tournament under such conditions was still a "winner's decision" and that it would have been "unthinkable" for 2020 to pass without the French Open.
"Being a Grand Slam is a pillar of the game," he said. "The pillar held."
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