According to L’Equipe, the season’s second Major event in Paris will be postponed for a week, starting from May 30 and lasting until June 13. Roland Garros was planned to begin on May 23, but it will most likely be pushed for a week, as France entered the third national lockdown on Saturday. French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu said the government is in close touch with the Roland Garros organizers, doing their best to stage the prestigious event this spring and avoid the last year’s struggle. Due to the pandemic, Roland Garros took place in October last year, with the organizers and players dealing with cold and rainy weather. In the end, Rafael Nadal claimed the 13th Parisian title, while the Polish teenager Iga Swiatek grabbed the first Major crown. Both players conquered the event in style, never losing a set and competing on a high level from start to finish to write history books. Rafael Nadal made the Roland Garros debut in 2005 at 18 and wished to celebrate the 19th birthday in the French capital.
After conquering Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome earlier that spring, the young Spaniard was already among the world’s best clay-courters and Roland Garros favorites. In Paris, Rafa proved his quality after defeating Roger Federer and Mariano Puerta to embrace tennis glory and become the last teenager with a Major trophy.
Roland Garros is delayed for a week due to pandemic.
Nadal has been the player to beat at his beloved Major in the next 15 years, winning 13 titles and scoring 100 wins from 102 encounters! After a tough couple of years in 2015 and 2016, Nadal was back at his best in 2017, securing four consecutive Roland Garros crowns to improve his tally and extend the unmatched dominance! Dealing with cold and rainy weather, Rafa experienced the new Wilson balls and a roof above Court Philippe-Chatrier last October, letting nothing taking his thunder and standing above the entire field to secure the fourth Major trophy without losing a set at 34. Nadal passed the opening four rounds without breaking a sweat, preserving energy for more formidable rivals.
In the quarters, the Spaniard trailed in both the first and second set against the young Italian Jannik Sinner, overpowering a teenager in the crucial moments to enter the semis. In his longest match of the tournament, Rafa ousted Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 in over three hours, struggling a bit in the third set but winning the tie break 7-0 for the 13th Roland Garros final. Wanting the title badly after a plagued season, Nadal defeated world no. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in two hours and 41 minutes to lift the 20th Major crown and join Roger Federer at the top of the GOAT race. The Spaniard lost serve once and stood all over the Serb on the return, destroying him in the opening two sets and prevailing in the third to clinch the 100th Roland Garros win. Nadal will be the favorite at Roland Garros this year too alongside Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem.