And 13. Rafael Nadal outclassed Novak Djokovic in three sets 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 to offer himself a thirteenth historic coronation at Roland Garros on Sunday and equal the record of twenty Grand Slam trophies set by Roger Federer.
Djokovic remains 17 major tournaments and takes his first loss of the year on a regular basis, the second after his shock disqualification at the US Open. He therefore did not become the first player of the Open era (since 1968) to have at least twice each of the four Grand Slam titles on his record.
Quality of play and physical strength
The Serbian was stifled from the start by the quality of play and the physical strength released by the Spaniard. Losing the first set without scoring a game, he only managed to raise his head in the third set. But this meager revolt did not follow to overflow Rafael Nadal who won the tournament without losing a single set.
The Mallorquin thus becomes the only player in history to have won 13 times in the same tournament, ahead of Martina Navratilova and her 12 victories in that of Chicago. He signs a 100e victory at the French Open for… two defeats and one forfeit in 16 participations.