With the French Open victory, Nadal earned his 20th Grand Slam title

By Lindsay Kimble
October 11, 2020 11:52 AM
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Rafael Nadal (R) and Serbia's Novak Djokovic
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Rafael Nadal swept Novak Djokovic on Sunday in the French Open men's singles final in Paris.

The Spanish star, who is a perfect 13-0 at Roland Garros, took all three sets, 6-0, 6-2, and 7-5.

Ahead of the match, Nadal, 34, was ranked second in the world, while Djokovic was ranked first among men's singles tennis players.

"I want to send a message to everyone around the world. We are facing one of the worst moments that I think we remember in this world facing and fighting against this virus," Nadal said after his win. "Just keep going, stay positive and all the very best. We will go through this and we will win."

Rafael Nadal
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The French Open follows Djokovic's disqualification from the 2020 U.S. Open in September after he accidentally struck a lineswoman with a ball. Djokovic later apologized for the incident. He last won the French Open in 2016.

Novak Djokovic
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Last year, Nadal made history with what was then his third straight French Open win. With his win on Sunday, he earned his 20th Grand Slam title.

Nadal is undefeated in his French Open appearances and holds the most titles for singles, male or female, in tennis history.

On Saturday, Iga Swiatek won the women's singles finals, defeating Sofia Kenin. The Polish star won the match in straight sets, defeating the American athlete in the first set 6-4 and taking the second set 6-1.