For the Spaniard it would be his thirteenth success in Paris and the twentieth slam ever. For the Serbian it could be the second victory or the fourth final lost …
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Rafa keeps his serve and immediately takes the lead given the break obtained in the first game of the match.
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Immediate break for Rafa! Nole loses the service. Immediately an intense game with the Spaniard who takes advantage of the first break point available.
15.02 in the field
The two players are on the pitch for the warm-up. It’s raining, so the roof has been closed on the Philippe-Chatrier.
In the last 20 years, tennis has had an infinite series of Grand Slam finals that have gone down in history for their importance and today’s one between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, with the Roland Garros title at stake, is just the latest in an infinite series.
Starting with Nadal-Federer of Paris 2006, Nadal-Federer of Wimbledon 2008, Nadal-Federer of Melbourne 2009, Federer-Soderling of Paris 2009, Federer-Roddick of Wimbledon 2009, joined this restricted club. Djokovic-Nadal from Australian Open 2012, Murray-Djokovic from Wimbledon 2013, Wawrinka-Djokovic from Paris 2015, Federer-Nadal from Melbourne 2017, Djokovic-Federer from Wimbledon 2019 and last but not least Thiem’s victory in Flushing Meadows, a month ago, against Alexander Zverev. But only one tournament was enough to restore the order that has governed the world of tennis for the past three decades. The final between Rafa and Nole from Paris has enormous significance. Let’s see in detail all the records that one or the other would establish by winning the title of Roland Garros 2020.
how many titles!
It is the final with the most Grand Slam titles on the pitch: 36, 19 on Nadal’s bulletin board and 17 on Djokovic’s. One more than the 2019 Wimbledon final which saw Federer face off with 20 Slams and Djokovic with 15. Rafa looks for the 13th title at Roland Garros and the 20th overall Slam to equalize Roger Federer’s account. Djokovic, on the other hand, is looking for the 2nd title in Paris (after that of 2016) and the 18th overall in the Slams to bring one less from Rafa and less than two from Roger. Djokovic would also become the third player in history to win all Grand Slams at least twice: the other two are Rod Laver and Roy Emerson. Djokovic would also be the first, after Laver and Emerson, to hit the Melbourne-Paris match twice; in the Open era it happened once to Mats Wilander (1988), once to Jim Courier (1992) and once to Djokovic (2016).
Let’s go back to Nadal: winning Rafa would touch 100 games won at Roland Garros with just 2 defeats; he would be the second player in history to hit 100 in a Grand Slam after Federer’s 102 games won in Australia and Federer’s 101 at Wimbledon. If Nadal wins, he brings the gap between the first and last Grand Slam victory to 15 years, setting an absolute record. If Nadal wins, he becomes the third player in history to win Grand Slams in three decades after Ken Rosewall (’50, ’60 and ’70) and after Novak Djokovic (2000, ’10 and ’20). One between Djokovic and Nadal becoming the first Open Era player to win 6 Grand Slams after turning 30. At the moment they are both first at 5. At 34 years and 4 months, Rafa would become the second oldest Roland Garros champion after Andres Gimeno who won in 1972 at 34 years and 10 months.
Today’s match will be the 56th between Djokovic and Rafa with the Serbian ahead 29 to 26. It is the most repeated match in Open history: behind Djokovic-Federer with 40 matches and then Federer-Nadal with 40. It will be the 16th match in the tournaments of the Slam and here only Djokovic-Federer has been played once more. The Grand Slam balance between Rafa and Nole is 9 wins for the Spaniard and 6 for the Serbian. At the Grand Slam level, it is the ninth as 9 are the record finals played by Federer and Nadal. The balance of Nole-Rafa in the Grand Slam finals is in perfect equality, 4 wins each. Today will be the third final at Roland Garros between Nadal and Djokovic: Nadal won the first two (2012 and 2014) and the third? Today in the late afternoon the solution to the question.
11 October 2020 (change October 11, 2020 | 15:25)
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