Spain’s Rafael Nadal demolished world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-0 6-2 7-5 in the French Open final to claim a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title on Sunday.

With his record-improving 13th triumph at Roland Garros, world number two Nadal is now tied with Swiss Roger Federer as the player with the most men’s singles major titles.

Nadal was the early aggressor as he choked Djokovic to win the opening set in brutal fashion having made only two unforced errors. He then kept a firm grip on a subdued Djokovic in the second set under the roof of court Philippe Chatrier.

Djokovic, who was looking to win his 18th Grand Slam title, rebelled in the third set, breaking back for 3-3, only to drop serve on a double fault in the 11th game before Nadal went on to bag his 100th victory at Roland Garros with an ace.

 

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PARIS (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic has suffered more than his fair share of heartache against Rafael Nadal at the French Open but Sunday’s final offers him a chance to dethrone the claycourt king.



Novak Djokovic swinging a racket at a ball: Tennis: French Open


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Tennis: French Open

The 33-year-old Serb leads their extraordinary rivalry 29-26 but Nadal has won six of their seven clashes at Roland Garros, including the 2012 and 2014 finals.

Djokovic won their last encounter on the Parisian clay, however, in the 2015 quarter-finals and believes Sunday’s final offers him an opportunity to get the better of the Spaniard again even if it he says playing Nadal on clay remains the toughest challenge in tennis.

“Obviously the conditions are different than the ones that we are used to playing in May and June,” Djokovic told reporters after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets on Friday.

“I think that could be a better chance for me,

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Novak Djokovic will lose all the ranking points and prize money he earned at the US Open after the world number one was defaulted for hitting a linesperson with a ball during his fourth-round clash against Pablo Carreno Busta.

Djokovic was sensationally disqualified on Sunday when hitting a ball to the back of the court and striking a line judge in New York, where the top seed had just dropped serve to fall 6-5 behind in the opening set.

The 17-time grand slam champion, who was the favourite to add to his list of major honours at Flushing Meadows, immediately apologised but he was sent packing following much deliberation on court.

Djokovic’s actions were described by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as “intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequence”.

In a statement, the USTA said: “In

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World number one Novak Djokovic will be docked all ranking points earned at the US Open and fined $250,000 in prize money following his sensational disqualification from the tournament on Sunday.

A statement from the US Tennis Association detailed the immediate sanctions Djokovic faces after he was tossed out of the tournament during the fourth round.

The USTA said Djokovic had been defaulted under the Grand Slam rules for “intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences.”

“Because he was defaulted, Djokovic will lose all ranking points earned at the US Open and will be fined the prize money won at the tournament in addition to any or all fines levied with respect to the offending incident,” the USTA said in a statement.

Djokovic’s disqualification occurred following an incident near the end of the first set in his

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