Rafael Nadal has collected an amazing 13th Roland-Garros title. That along with one Australian Open title, two Wimbledon titles and four US Open titles sees him sit alongside Roger Federer for the men’s all-time lead in Grand Slam titles on 20.
What is remarkable about Nadal’s record in Paris is that once he reaches the final he has never lost.
This time he faced one of his toughest rivals in the form of world no. 1 Novak Djokovic.
He made Djokovic look second rate after the first set demolition, taking the set 6-0 in 48 minutes.
It was more of the same in the second set although Djokovic held his first game to open the set, only to be broken in his next two service games.
In the third set Nadal broke in the fifth game to lead 3-2 only to concede the next game for 3-3.
It was in the 11th game that Nadal got a crucial break thanks to a double fault.
Nadal would then step up to serve for his 13th title. The world no. two did it in style serving to love.
What can you say about Rafa? He continues to dominate all before him on the clay in Paris.
Just how long will he continue?
Now it remains to be seen if he or Federer can claim another Grand Slam singles title to hold the all-time lead on their own. You would have to expect Nadal can again win in Paris.