Rafael Nadal captured his 13th French Open title with an outstanding display to bag a surprisingly easy win over Novak Djokovic in the final on Philippe Chatrier on Sunday.
Spanish second seed Nadal, 34, has now equalled Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles after crushing Serbian first seed Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5.
It was also his 100th victory in Roland Garros and he jasblist just twice in Paris since his 2005 debut.
Djokovic, 33, lost a completed match for the first time in 2020.
Nadal was imperious in the opening two sets, breaking Djokovic thrice in the first to bagel the Serbian before racing through the second set.
Djokovic upped his tempo in the third and looked to have finally found his range when he broke back to go level at 3-3.
But the Serb gave up another break with a double fault in the tenth game to leave Nadal serving for the title and the Spaniard served out to love, falling to his knees in delight as he sealed the championship with an ace.
“A win here means everything for me,” said Nadal.
“Honestly, I don’t think about the 20th and equalling Roger, for me it is just a Roland Garros victory.
“I have spent most of the most important moments in my career here.
“Just to play here is a true inspiration and the love story I have with this city and this court is unforgettable.”