” He keeps on. Don’t hold it back, it seems. It’s incredible. I mean, I admire all of his accomplishments, ”said Djokovic, who had won his last five Grand Slam finals. “There isn’t much to say. All the superlatives you can use, he deserves them. ”
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When Nadal finished with an ace, he knelt down, smiled widely and pumped his arms. This is the fourth time he has won his favorite tournament without giving up a set.
“The love affair I have with this city and with this tribunal is unforgettable,” Nadal said.
He hijacked a question in the post-match on-field interview about the capture of 39-year-old Federer and was out of the US Open and Roland Garros after suffering two surgeries right knee.
« [To] winning here means everything to me, right? Now is not the time, honestly … [to] think of the 20 today, ”Nadal said. “Roland Garros means everything to me. I have spent the most important moments – or most of the most important moments – of my tennis career here, no doubt about it. ”
About an hour after the match ended, Federer posted a congratulatory message on Instagram.
“I have always had the greatest respect for my friend Rafa as a person and as a champion. As my biggest rival for many years, I believe we have pushed each other to be better players, ”Federer began, ending with:“ Hope 20 is just another step on the continued path for both of us. . Well done, Rafa. You deserve it. ”
Nadal, No. 2 in the standings, improved to 100-2 at Roland Garros, including a combined 26-0 in the semifinals and final, and clinched his fourth consecutive title in Paris. The 34-year-old Spanish left-hander has already gathered four series of four French Open championships from 2005-08, then five consecutive from 2010-14, to accompany his four trophies at the US Open, two at Wimbledon and one at the Open from Australia.
‘Great era of tennis’
Nadal is now tied with Federer for the first time since every man had no Slams to his name in 2003. Federer first arrived at Wimbledon that year; Nadal, naturally, won his first in France in 2005, by that time he was trailing 4-0.
Djokovic’s defeat left him at 17 majors; if he had won, the trio’s ranking would have read 20-19-18.
“It’s honestly a pleasure – in some ways it’s a pleasure – to share this great era of tennis together,” said Nadal. ” On the other hand, [there] have been difficult battles for a long time. ”
It was Nadal’s 56th episode against Djokovic, the most two-man encounters in the professional age, and their ninth in a Grand Slam final, tying Nadal against Federer for the most.
Djokovic had won 14 of the last 18 clashes against Nadal and led 29-26 overall, including a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win in the 2019 Australian Open final.
Nadal gave Djokovic one game less this time.
“In Australia he killed me. … Today was for me, ”Nadal said. “It’s part of the game.”