Roland Garros Victors 2020


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Michelle Kurianowicz, Staff Writer

Men’s Singles

Rafael Nadal, also known as the king of clay, won his 13th official French Open on Sunday, defeating number one player Novak Djokovic from Serbia in straight sets with a score of 6-0, 6-2, and 7-5. An unexpected win, it was assumed that Nadal would be vulnerable, as he was forced to take a six-month layoff this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Nadal played with confidence. On the other hand, the esteemed Novak Djokovic had a lack of energy and precision on the court, which was quite unusual. Djokovic’s struggles were apparent, as he did not win a single game in the first set. While he struggled, Nadal was dominant. Djokovic made a rebound in the third set, taking a lead in the beginning of set, but Nadal showed little weakness, and came back and won the third set 7-5. Nadal is now the first man to win a Grand Slam title 15 years after winning his first one, once again making Spain proud of their top tennis player. 




Women’s Singles 

Speaking of unexpected, this year’s Roland Garros women’s singles winner was 19-year-old Iga Swiatek, hailing from Poland. The teenager was unseeded and ranked 54th in the lineup, but she defeated American Sofia Kenin in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-1. She is now the first female Polish tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles trophy. Swiatek is also the first teen to win the women’s singles title at the French Open since Iva Majoli’s win in 1997. On her way to victory, Swiatek had victories over top seeded players and past Roland Garros winners, such as Romania’s Simona Halep and the Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova. The way she played the two weeks before the final made this amazing outcome less of a surprise.


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