Rafael Nadal wins French Open again to equal Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record


mirror– Rafael Nadal has drawn level with Roger Federer on 20 career Grand Slams after ruthlessly dismissing Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 7-5 to win the French Open.

The Spanish star is now the joint-record holder for men’s Grand Slams alongside the Swiss superstar, with female legends Margaret Court (24), Serena Williams (23) and Steffi Graf (22) the only players to have won more.

Nadal captured his 13th French Open title with a straight sets win over Djokovic, who was blown away in Paris as he lost the first set to love.

The Serbian was hoping to become the first man in the Open era to win all four Grand Slams at least twice, but he never stood a chance against a determined Nadal.

Djokovic was returning to Grand Slam action after being controversially disqualified from the US Open last month after he accidentally struck a line judge with a ball, but he lost the first set in just 45 minutes as he made just 42 per cent of his first serves.

Nadal lost his first game in second set opener, but that didn’t dent his focus and he was soon back on top against an overwhelmed opponent.

Showing just why clay has also been considered to be his best surface, Nadal rattled off the next five games as he rolled back the years on the way to clinching the second set 6-2.

Djokovic showed resilience to come back into the third set, and when Nadal broke him in the fifth game then the writing seemed to be on the wall, only for Djokovic to break back for 3-3.

Nadal eventually ground him down though, breaking in the 11th game of the third set before going on to serve for the match.