French Open 2020: Winning 13 Slams in Paris is extraordinary, says legend Rod Laver after Rafael Nadal’s win

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Spaniard Rafael Nadal created history on Sunday by winning a record-extending 13th Roland Garros title as he lifted his 20th Grand Slam trophy and equalled Roger Federer’s men’s record for most Grand Slam titles.

The ‘King of Clay’ Nadal steam-rolled Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in 2 hours and 41 minutes at Court Philippe-Chatrier in Paris.

The win on Sunday was also Nadal’s 100th win at the Roland Garros a magnificent feat, indeed. He has only lost two matches at this tournament.

Congratulations to the King of Clay @RafaelNadal. Winning 13 Slams in Paris is extraordinary, a fitting Grand Slam finale to a challenging year. You're an inspiration Rafa, gracious and great. Here’s to 20 majors.

— Rod Laver (@rodlaver) October 11, 2020

His greatest rival, Swiss maestro Roger Federer became the first men’s player to win 20 Grand Slam singles titles when he defeated Marin Cilic in the final of the Australian Open in 2018.

Federer has won six Australian Open, one French Open, eight Wimbledon and five US Open titles.

Rafael Nadal, on the other hand has now won one Australian Open, 13 French Open, 2 Wimbledon and 4 US Open titles.

Overall, this was the Spaniard’s 86th singles career title on the ATP Tour, placing him fourth on the Open Era list behind Jimmy Connors with 109, Federer with 103 and Ivan Lendl with 94 titles.

Social media flooded with congratulatory messages for Nadal

It is no wonder that soon after Nadal had won on Sunday, #GOAT started to trend on Twitter, referring to ‘Greatest of All Time’.

Tennis lovers and former players started to congratulate Rafael Nadal on all the social media platforms.

One of the best congratulatory message was from a former tennis legend Rod Laver. He took to Twitter to write, “Congratulations to the King of Clay Rafael Nadal. Winning 13 Slams in Paris is extraordinary, a fitting Grand Slam finale to a challenging year. You're an inspiration Rafa, gracious and great. Here’s to 20 majors.”

Even Roger Federer put out a statement later on Sunday to congratulate the Spaniard.

“As my greatest rival over many years, I believe we have pushed each other to become better players. Therefore, it is a true honor for me to congratulate Nadal on his 20th Grand Slam victory,” the Swiss great said.

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