Finally here is the time for the Roland Garros 2020 (from 27 September to 11 October 2020), the 119th edition of the Open Era, on the clay-courts of Bois the Boulogne. This year, however, there are many doubts and threats regarding the tournament.
The Global Pandemic of Covid-19 is spreading again throughout the country, necessitating new lockdowns and new health containment measures to further prevent the rise of infections. For the French Open, in the summer, there were many hopes of getting the crowd back: at least 11,000 people a day were expected in the summer, which increased to 5,000 towards the beginning of September.
Now it could only be 1000 or something more. The most important novelties of this edition are obviously the retractable roof on the Philippe Chatrier and the lights, which will allow you to play indoor matches in the evening session.
There will be the conditions to play under the roof, and, so, indoor: what players could benefit of these new facilities? This will be a very unique edition, also because they will play in Autumn. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will play their 8th match at the French Open.
The story looks back to 2006, to the quarter-finals: that was their first ever challenge, to the cornerstone of a great rivalry. Of the seven previous matches, Rafa only lost in the 2015 quarter-finals, while defeating Serb in the 2012 and 2014 finals.
However, the most incredible challenge on the Philippe Chatriere clay-courts was the semi-final in 2013. An epic match, still remembered after seven years for the incredible twists and emotions it gave to the crowd in Paris and to the millions of fans.
on TV. Five brutal sets, in which the two champions spared no energy and sensational shots. In a roller coaster of emotions and dramatic moments, like the net-foul committed by Djokovic and which probably cost him the match and the title.
Final score 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-7 9-7.