Fifteen years after his first success at the Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal wins the Parisian Slam for the 13th time by beating world number 1 Novak Djokovic for 6-0 6-2 7-5 in the final. A historical success that allows the Spaniard to equal the record of 20 Slam held until Sunday afternoon by Roger Federer.
Athletically incredible and unsurpassed, Rafa has won for the fourth time in his career Rafa wins Roland Garros without losing a single set: it also happened in 2008, 2010 and 2017. A champion that transcends space and time: a rivalry, the one with Federer who we hope it will reach its clmax in 2021.
The victory of his 20th Major at Roland Garros is one of the most beautiful and significant Slam victories of the Spaniard’s career. As was the 2008 Wimbledon final. “This match, in this place, with this tension, the suspensions, the sunset, the number one against the number two, the return of Roger, my stamina and, after all, my mental stability on the pitch, obsessed as I was with defeat a year ago.
It’s almost impossible to imagine that another match could be so intense with drama and emotion. It was an immense happiness, “said Rafa of that epic challenge.
Rafael Nadal’s best Slam titles
History changes on 6 July 2008 in Wimbledon.
That day the history of tennis turned upside down with Nadal’s greatest triumph on Roger Federer’s beloved lawns. The Swiss refuses to lose and, down by two sets, goes back and cancels the second match-point in the tie-break of the fourth set.
The match is decided in the fifth set, but at nightfall, after the rain and a twilight full of meaning, Rafael Nadal won his first historic Wimbledon with the final score of 6-4, 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6(8)-7, 9-7. Less than a year later, at the Australian Open 2009, there were five sets that in the long run rewarded Manacor’s southpaw for a physical and mental overtaking that psychologically destroys Roger Federer again, in tears during the awards ceremony.
That is still his first and triumph today on the Melbourne hard-courts, with the final score of 7-5 3-6 7-6 (3) 3-6 6-2. Another truly sensational final was that of the US Open 2019 against Daniil Medvedev. An unpredictable and insidious opponent, who forced Nadal to give all his psycho-physical energies.
Medvedev, fresh from a superlatic summer on the US hard-courts, comes close to the impossible in the Flushing Meadows final. Nadal, complete and mature, in the face of the Russian’s changes of pace, falters, but in the end he asserts his mental strength in the decisive moment after four hours and 51 minutes. No one has won the US Open more times in the past decade than he has.