Nadal and Swiatek create history in Paris

Photo :|13-Oct-2020 12:28

Rafael Nadal has once again reigned supreme on clay while Polish teenager Iga Swiatek wrote herself into French Open history books

Nadal's record tying title
Rafael Nadal has clinched his 13th French Open crown after beating world No.1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-0 6-2 7-5, equalling friend Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slam title record.

The 'King of Clay' lived up to his nickname and left fans across the globe stunned when he swept through the first set in 48 minutes.

"I played at my highest level when I needed to play at my highest level, so [that is] something I am very proud of," said Nadal, who achieved his 100th victory on clay of Paris.

In fact, the 34-year-old has only lost two games at Roland Garros.

"For me, honestly, one month and a half ago if you tell me you're going to have this trophy with you again, I will say, this year will probably be too difficult."

It is the first time a player has won 13 titles at the same event - both major and minor - with the last being Martina Navratilova, who won twelve Ameritech Cup singles titles.

Polish teens historic maiden Grand Slam
Having started the French Open as world No.54, Iga Swiatek capped off a dream fortnight in the French capital with her first Grand Slam title.

The 19-year-old had not made it past the third round in her previously three tournaments however, in the fourth round at Roland Garros she toppled tournament top seed and world No.2 Simona Halep.

Then a straight sets (6-4, 6-1) victory over Sofia Kenin, who won the Australian Open earlier this year, in the final cemented Swiatek in the history books.

“First of all I’m not very good at speeches so sorry because I won my last tournament like three years ago and I really don’t know who to thank," Swiatek said, "but I want to thank every person that’s made this tournament possible because in these times it was pretty hard for the federation, the organisation to do the tournament."

She becomes the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles title, and also the youngest French Open women's singles champion since Monica Seles in 1992.

However, the list of achievements don't stop there for the teenager who is also the first woman since 2007 to clinch the title without conceding a set and only the second unseeded champion at Roland Garros.

“I’m so happy and I’m so glad that my family was here finally and I don’t know, it’s just overwhelming for me,” said Swiatek, who is a Roland Garros juniors winner.

The win will see Swiatek move up to world No.17.