Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in the final of Roland Garros 2020.
Roland Garros this year has seen a lot of changes, from the time of the organization, the climate, the field, or the number of spectators on the pitch, but one thing remains constant is that Nadal is still King in Paris. Convincing victory over Djokovic in the biggest match of 2020 brought “King of the clay” into history, with the balance of 20 Grand Slam record of Roger Federer.
Djokovic, with 36 out of 37 wins in the season, enters the match against Nadal with great confidence. Even after losing the first four games in a row, the Serbian player still offers hope for a return when creating a struggle with Nadal. But the more the match went by, the more Nadal proved to be. “Clay King” overwhelmed in the first two sets, although the score 6-0, 6-2 may be different from the actual development.
In both sets, Djokovic has more winner points than Nadal. But the number of self-defeating errors reflects the correct game situation. Djokovic made 30 mistakes himself, and Nadal only had six. The attacking Serbian was still as strong as always, but Nadal played too persistently and counter-attacked effectively.
The game is heavy tactically, but only Nadal succeeds in controlling the game. Djokovic kept dropping – the “weapon” he practiced a lot before and during the tournament, to make Nadal uncomfortable in the backyard defense. But after many times Nadal caught up with the ball and counter-attacked scored, Djokovic started to make many mistakes. The attack at the end of the field of “Nole” is also dangerous and heavy, but not enough to beat Nadal on the day “Clay King” played his best match since the beginning of the tournament.
Nadal only dropped three times in the first two sets and both lost points, and Djokovic dropped 18 times. In service games, Nadal mainly plays on the left hand side of Djokovic and earns a lot of points from his opponent’s return errors. The score of two players in durable shots of nine or more touches is the same, but Nadal excels at shots under four touches.
Djokovic’s first serve performance improved from 27% in the first set to 77% in the second set and 74% in the third set, but the Serbian player rarely has an easy serve. Losing the first two sets 0-6, 2-6 and then losing the game delivered in the third set, Djokovic has nothing to lose. He played wildly, winning the first game to catch the ball in the match to equalize 3-3.
When the excitement returned, Djokovic put great pressure on Nadal, in the context of the Spaniard’s ability to move somewhat less than the first two sets. But in good posture, Djokovic loses his last set game after a forehand out and a double error. Nadal made no mistake in the decision-making game and ended the game with an ace.
Winning 6-0, 6-2, 7-5, Nadal won the 13th Roland Garros. The 100th win at the tournament helped “King of Clay” crowned without losing any set. More importantly, Nadal has caught up with Federer in the number of Grand Slams – an important measure of a player’s greatness.