Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to win 13th French open title, equals Federer


Rafael Nadal swept to a 13th French Open title at Roland Garros on Sunday, beating Novak Djokovic and equalling Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam men's titles.

Nadal, who has always played down the importance of chasing Federer's mark said: "I always say the same, that I would love to finish my career being the player with more Grand Slams."


"I am a big fan of the history of sport in general. For me it means a lot to share this number with Roger. But let's see what's going on when we finish our careers.


"I don't know what can happen in the future. I am just excited. At the same time to share this record between us, that we had an amazing rivalry for such a long time, is something in some way beautiful I really believe."


Nadal reigned victorious after two hours 41 minutes with an ace out wide on his first match point, leaving the Spaniard laughing as he fell to his knees on the court where he has won more than a dozen times.


Djokovic praised Nadal's performance, admitting the Spaniard played a perfect match, especially in the first two sets.


Djokovic, who was bidding for an 18th Grand Slam title, lost ground on Nadal and Federer in their ongoing battle to finish with the most major wins.


Federer congratulated Nadal via Twitter, saying: "I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and as a champion. As my greatest rival over many years, I believe we have pushed each other to become better players.


"Therefore, it is a true honour for me to congratulate him on his 20th Grand Slam victory. It is especially amazing that he has now won Roland Garros an incredible 13 times, which is one of the greatest achievements in sport.


"I also congratulate his team because nobody can do this alone. I hope 20 is just another step on the continuing journey for both of us. Well done Rafa. You deserve it."

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