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French Open 2020, Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal, Men's Final Match Highlights: Nadal wins 13th Roland Garros title

Novak Djokovic takes on Rafael Nadal in the final of French Open 2020. Follow live score and updates from the last day of Roland Garros.

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French Open 2020, Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal, Men's Final Match Highlights: Nadal wins 13th Roland Garros title

Novak Djokovic takes on Rafael Nadal in the final of 2020 French Open. AP

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Oct 11, 2020 - 21:52 (IST)

Swiatek, Nadal the French Open champions

On the women's side we had the first Grand Slam winner in the form of Iga Swiatek. On the men's it was a repeat of Rafael Nadal show for a staggering 13th French Open title. Pity that it had to come in front of a few fans but it is something afterall. With unpredictability of the year, we don't know which tournaments will go on. For now, let's cherish this - the way Nadal does his time in Paris. Au revoir!

Oct 11, 2020 - 21:49 (IST)

Histoire d'amour à Paris

Oct 11, 2020 - 21:47 (IST)

CHAMPION! 

Oct 11, 2020 - 21:45 (IST)

Nadal on the podium

"Congratulations to everyone in Novak's team. Winning this year in Australia, Cincinnati and more now... I have had tough battles with you and hope to keep facing you for the next couple of years. All the best and good luck with the future."

"I want to again thank everyone for making this event possible. We are very lucky that we can keep playing our sport. Thanks for supporting this sport, organising this tournament."

"All the team, family who are not here. Without you nothing would be possible. Many many thanks for everything"

"For me winning here is out of my better thoughts. Super happy. This court is most important in my career. I have enjoyed special moments here and today I had one more. This year, we can't celebrate in a normal way. Merci beacoup! Hopefully in June we can celebrate in this stadium, Philippe Chatrier, with a full crowd."

Oct 11, 2020 - 21:44 (IST)

Djokovic on the podium 

"Huge congratulations to Rafa, your team and family. What you've done on this surface is.. Today you showed you're King of the Clay. I am not pleased with how I played but I was overplayed. This situation is very tough and we're grateful to everyone who made this tournament possible. Thank you so much for that"

"Thanks to the public and everyone for all their support."

Oct 11, 2020 - 21:37 (IST)

Nadal lifts the trophy aloft after Djokovic collects the runners-up title. Spain's national anthem (one without words) rings around the stadium. A teary eyed Nadal in the middle of it

Oct 11, 2020 - 21:35 (IST)

SPOT THE L!

Oct 11, 2020 - 21:31 (IST)

Nadal speaks to Fabrice Santoro:

"First of all, congrats to Novak for another great tournament. Sorry for today. He killed me in Australia. For me today, that's part of the game. One day he wins, the other day I do. Best of luck Novak for the future."

"After all the things I have gone through in my career, with injuries, without family and team, nothing will be possible. There are some at home who couldn't come for this. I want to send a message to everyone that we're facing a tough moment. Just keep going, stay positive, we will get through this and be winners."

"It has been a very tough year but a win here means everything to me. Today isn't about 20th Grand Slam, for me this is about the French Open title. I want to thank everyone - the organisation, the crowd. For me playing here is important, the relationship I have with this city.. Merci!"

Oct 11, 2020 - 21:25 (IST)

100-2!

Rafael Nadal goes into the crowd to celebrate with his time. He now improves his record at French Open to 100-2. His first title came in 2005. 

Oct 11, 2020 - 21:23 (IST)

Nadal wins 13th French Open, 20th Grand Slam title

Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in two hours and 40 minutes to win his 13th French Open title and go level with Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam titles. Four straight titles in Roland Garros for Nadal!

Preview: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be facing each other for the 56th time when they play in the French Open final to close the unusual 2020 Grand Slam season. That is the most meetings between two men in the sport’s professional era. Djokovic leads 29-26 overall.

Nadal leads 6-1 at Roland Garros, a tournament he has won 12 times. If Nadal gets No. 13, that would give him 20 Grand Slam titles total, tying Roger Federer’s record for men.

Djokovic is trying to become the first man among the Big Three to own two trophies from each Grand Slam tournament. He has 17 in all. So either Nadal will pull even with Federer for the first time since they were tied with zero apiece, or Djokovic will gain on the leading duo and the totals will read 20-19-18.

Djokovic is ranked No. 1 and is 37-1 this season. Nadal is No. 2 and is 99-2 in his French Open career.

Djokovic said about Nadal: "He’s definitely my greatest rival.” And Nadal called Djokovic “one of the toughest opponents possible.”

(With AP inputs)

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