Nadal secures his 13th French Open crown
Rafael Nadal continues to rule the clay in Paris convincingly winning his thirteenth French Open crown against world number one Novak Djokovic. This is the same Djokovic who has won all his 37 matches in 2020, bar match he was disqualified from at the US Open when he hit a line judge.
The final, between the two current best players, was a one-way affair with Nadal winning in straight sets which included the first set to love.
Djokovic had no answer, which he admitted after the match, to Nadal’s groundstrokes and sensational tennis and it would be a brave man not to bet on Nadal winning his fourteenth French Open crown in 2021, when he will be thirty five years old.
This win also brought up his twentieth grand slam win which now ties him with Roger Federer, who did not compete in the tournament due to recent knee surgery. Both will be confident of winning more Grand Slams although, particularly in Federer’s case, age is catching up with them. Nadal is the first man in history to win six grand slam titles over the age of thirty. Djokovic, although out classed by Nadal in the final, is hot on their heels too with seventeen Grand Slam wins and is a few years younger.
Federer, showing the classy guy that he is, was quick in passing on his congratulations in a couple of social media posts on Sunday night saying that Nadal’s achievement of thirteen French Open titles was ‘one of the greatest achievements in sport.’ Nadal has an astonishing 100-2-win loss record at the French Open.
In the Ladies final, played on the Saturday, Poland’s Iga Swiatek beat Sofia Kenin. Swiatek went through the whole tournament without losing a set which is even more remarkable seeing as she was unseeded. She also became the first Polish lady to win a Grand Slam and, in the tournament, also beat world number one Simona Halep.
Still only nineteen years old she became the youngest French Open winner since Monica Seles and was considering starting university next year which I imagine has now been put on hold.
Sadly, due to the coronavirus only 1000 people got to watch the Ladies and Men’s final but hopefully come 2021 crowds are back at full capacity. The French Open is due to be played in May next year, the usual month, and will be followed by Wimbledon and if you are looking to attend Wimbledon, we have debenture seats and hospitality packages available.
Will 2021 see Federer and Nadal add to their Grand Slam titles, if they can both stay fit there is no reason why they can’t…………..