Paris: Rafael Nadal scripted history on Sunday by winning a record-extending 13th French Open title as he lifted his 20th Grand Slam trophy and equalled Roger Federer’s record for most Major titles.
The Spaniard defeated Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in 2 hours and 41 minutes at Court Philippe-Chatrier in Paris.
In 2018, Federer became the first men’s player to win 20 Grand Slams in singles when he defeated Marin Cilic in the final of the Australian Open. The Swiss Maestro has won six Australian Open, one French Open, eight Wimbledon and five US Open titles.
The 34-year-old Nadal, who first won the title in 2005, bagged his fourth consecutive title on the Parisian terre battue. Nadal has won the Australian Open once, Wimbledon twice and the US Open four times.
No singles player, male or female, has won a Grand Slam more than Nadal has won the French Open. Nadal leads the list with 13 French Open titles and is followed Margaret Court’s 11 Australian Open victories. Third in the standings is Martina Navratilova, with nine Wimbledon trophies.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic stand fourth with eight titles apiece at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, respectively.
Nadal also became the first player to win 100 matches at Roland-Garros. He has only lost two matches at this tournament. Overall, this was Nadal’s 86th singles career title on the ATP Tour, placing him fourth on the Open Era list behind Jimmy Connors with 109, Federer (103) and Ivan Lendl (94).
Both Federer and Nadal are four majors behind the overall record holder, 24-time Grand Slam singles champion Margaret Court.