Rafael Nadal played a perfect final at Roland Garros and clearly beat a dull Novak Djokovic in three sets. The Spanish champion has won for the thirteenth time in his career on Parisian soil and joined Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam successes.
The rivalry between the two tennis legends continues to excite all fans of this wonderful sport and now that the fight for the Grand Slam primacy has become even more intense, it will be fun. Rafael Nadal won his 20th Slam on Sunday, but former World No.
4 Nicolas Kiefer believes he won't stop any time soon. The German also talked about the three-way Slam race between Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Kiefer on the Big 3
"There is simply no getting around him in Paris.
His 13th title at Roland Garros, his 20th Grand Slam title overall, drawn level with Roger Federer. Rafael Nadal is simply an exceptional athlete," Nicolas Kiefer said. "Of course, the weather conditions were completely different this year.
In May, it is warmer, the balls jump higher, the game is much faster. Now it was wet and cold. But Rafael Nadal was able to adapt well to this and won all of his matches with ease. He has once again proven to the world that he is simply unrivalled on clay," he added.
"There is no limit to him," the German said. "Just like for Roger, who will play the Australian Open again next year and prefers the fast courts. And the next French Open is only half a year away. At the moment everything points to it: Nadal will win his 21st title in Paris in 2021."
The German added that the younger generation of players will find it difficult to win the big titles consistently as long as the Big 3 continue playing. "Of course, the guys (Federer, Nadal and Djokovic) are not getting any younger, and there are already a lot of younger players who are on their heels - players like Thiem, Zverev, Andrey Rublev or Stefanos Tsitsipas.
These guys will of course determine the future, but as long as Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are still playing, it will be very difficult for them," Kiefer said. The decision to withdraw from the US Open was not an easy one, but for the 34-year-old body of Rafael Nadal that has suffered many an injury, traveling to New York was a substantial risk.