WAS IT?! Any way back for the Serb here? After a pair of knee surgeries during the tennis shutdown, he is planning to come back in Australia next January. Djokovic is right behind with 17. But again, Djokovic cannot convert - goes long on the backhand side this time. That is inarguable on clay, which makes up the lion’s share of an extraordinary record of having won one in every three majors that he has entered in his career, a better ratio than the others. With around 1,000 spectators inside the stadium, with the roof closed due to rain in Paris, the finalists are out!

First, a backhand crosscourt winner of the highest order, followed by a brilliant reach on a Nadal first serve, before a defensive lob is volleyed waywardly long by Rafa. The much-anticipated matchup between these two titans of their sport was the first indoor French Open men's final, contested under Court Philippe Chatrier's new cover. Nadal is going to have to work hard to get over the finish line and clinch another French Open title. The numbers around Nadal’s dominance in Paris at this point are more dizzying than French conjugation. But it was too little, too late. Uh-oh, trouble for Djokovic again as he sends a forehand too long, giving Nadal another chance to break. More than two hours in, when Djokovic employed a backhand winner to get his initial break on his fifth opportunity, making it 3-all in the third set, he let out a couple of roars and waved his arms to ask for more noise from fans. Nadal punishes his rival to level the scores in this third set. But numbers do matter, and in tennis — fair or not — the discourse almost exclusively revolves around the number of Grand Slams won. Nadal turned professional at age 15, and participated in two events on the ITF junior circuit. Djokovic thought he was accurate with his second serve but the umpire intervenes to deem that the service had strayed just wide of the tee line. "I am not so pleased with the way I played," Djokovic said.

Nadal, No. 13-time champion, and he goes level with Federer on 20 Grand Slams. But the big picture for Nadal could not be better. The smattering of fans at Roland Garros are willing Novak on to grab a game from the world No 1.

Rafael Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam men’s singles championship to tie Roger Federer’s record. Fair play to Novak - he's giving it a fair good-go here. Two pulsating winners down the line - one forehand, one backhand - gives Djokovic 15-30, but he mistimes a return into the net. "Today you showed why you are King of the Clay. 762 Nadal won his first ATP match, defeating Ramón Delgado, and became the ninth player in the Open Era to do so before the age of 16. This also was the first French Open contested with players walking on court wearing masks on account of the coronavirus pandemic, the reason the 15-day event was shifted from May-June to September-October and crowds were limited to 1,000 per day. Mesmerising game of cat-and-mouse at the net between the pair - and in the end it's Nadal who cracks with what is - for him - a relatively easy forehand put-away.

Rafael Nadal has equalled Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam wins with a dominating victory over Novak Djokovic, The Spanish star powered his way to his 13th French Open title in emphatic fashion, sweeping aside the Serb in straight sets. (Photo Credit: Reuters). Can he make it count? 55 minutes in, and the World No 1 has his first game. There is NOTHING you can do about that. The Serb approaches to inspect before meekly conceding that the ball had gone wide. Rafael Nadal tied Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles by producing a nearly perfect performance against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final. Nadal, 34, left-hander from Spain previously put together streaks of four French Open championships from 2005-08, then five in a row from 2010-14, to go alongside his four trophies at the US Open, two at Wimbledon and one at the Australian Open.