On October 11th, Beijing time, the men's singles final of the French Open in 2020 came to an end. Defending champion Nadal defeated world number one Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 to win the French Open. The posture of 100 wins achieved the unprecedented 13 crowns of the French Open. This was also his 20th Grand Slam crown, tying the best record in men's history held by Federer.
From Wimbledon’s first Grand Slam participation in 2003 to the French Open this year when he won the 20th Grand Slam, Nadal’s 17-year career has experienced ups and downs, with peaks and troughs.
At the French Open in 2005, on his 19th birthday, Nadal defeated Federer, the world's No. 1 who already holds four Grand Slam titles, and entered the Grand Slam final for the first time in his career. Two days later, Nadal defeated the Argentine Dark Mapurta in the final and won the Grand Slam championship trophy for the first time.
In the following three years, Nadal has included the Musketeer Cup in the squad, achieving four consecutive French Open championships. In these three finals, Nadal defeated the Swiss king Federer.
In the 2008 Wimbledon final, Nadal met Federer again. The two played an epic duel. In the end, Nadal won the Wimbledon championship with a 9-7 victory in the final set in five sets. After back-to-back aspirations for the Grand Slam championship, Nadal won the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. He also surpassed Federer and reached the top of the world for the first time.
In the 2009 Australian Open, Nadal defeated Federer in the final again, crowning the hard court Grand Slam for the first time. But that year at the French Open, Nadal suffered a knee injury and lost to Soderling in the round of 16, and suffered his first defeat at the French Open. After Wimbledon, Nadal also missed due to injury.
In 2010, Nadal returned full of blood. He won the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open Grand Slam championship across three venues, and achieved his career golden slam.
In 2011 and 2012, Nadal reached the top of the French Open in his back garden, and his number of French Open champions has increased to seven. In the next two years, Nadal won a total of three Grand Slam titles (2 French Open and 1 US Open), and his number of Grand Slams came to 14, which tied Sampras.
However, after the time entered 2015, Nadal encountered a low period in his life. This year, none of his four Grand Slams entered the semi-finals, and his record of having Grand Slams for 10 consecutive years came to an abrupt end.
Coming to 2016, Nadal's results in the Australian Open, French Open and US Open were the first round, the third round and the top 16 respectively. That was his worst single-season Grand Slam record in 12 years. He also ended the 2016 season ahead of schedule due to a wrist injury.
In 2017, the restored Nadal gradually found his peak state. He achieved the tenth crown at the French Open, reached the top for the third time in the US Open, and returned to the world's first throne.
In 2018 and 2019, Nadal continued to monopolize the French Open, and his 12 crowns in the French Open are an unprecedented record. At the US Open last year, he also won the 19th Grand Slam, which is only one title away from Federer's 20-time record.
This year, Nadal, who did not participate in the U.S. Open, continued to make great strides in the French Open. He won seven games in a row, and he was equal to the Swiss king with the 20th Grand Slam crown. The suspense of the best in tennis history has revived.
The topic of Nadal or Federer who is GOAT will once again become a hot topic in tennis. At present, both Nadal and Federer have 20 Grand Slams. Djokovic is ranked third with 17 titles. The competition between the Big Three will continue.