Novak Djokovic finally got the better out of the 9 time French Open Champion Rafael Nadal at Paris. Beating Nadal in Paris is tennis’ toughest task. Djokovic had his best chance in 2013, when he was up a break in the final set before losing 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 6–7(3), 9–7 in the semifinals. But he did it this time around in a clinical fashion. The match was anticipated to go in favor of the World No 1, but the Clay Master was outshined in every department by the Serbian.
After a scratchy start to the match from Nadal, the Spaniard has rallied from 0–4 down to get back on serve and tie the match at 4–4. However, the Serbian grabbed the set with 7-5 in 67 minutes. The Second Set started in a usual manner with the first break coming in 4-3 to Djokovic which came pretty quickly. Djokovic is able to get to 30-all on Nadal’s serve, and though Nadal builds a perfect point to open up the forehand down the line, he misses just wide to give Djokovic break point.Nadal saves the first break point with a good serve but he can’t save a second.
Djokovic wraps the second set in style. He needs three set points to close it out after leading 40-15, but he sets up Set Point No. 3 with an incredible pick-up volley winner. In the third set, Djokovic breaks Nadal in the opening game, which was a sloppy one from the Spaniard.The Serb is leaving nothing to chance this time. He breaks Nadal again and is three games away from his first win in seven tries against Nadal here in Paris.
Nadal double-faults on match point — which Djokovic did against him in the 2012 final here — and it’s over. Djokovic was widely expected to win this match, but I doubt many people expected Nadal to win just nine games. What looked like an incredibly tough test for Djokovic — facing the best clay-courter ever on his favorite court — turned into yet another routine demolition of a fellow Top 10 player. Djokovic is playing some of the best tennis the sport has ever seen. The embrace at net was warm though brief, and Nadal got some cheers from the crowd as he walked off, though not what he deserves for all he has done here. I think mostly the crowd is dazed that it all ended so quickly. So am I.