Different conditions, same result for Rafa
The conditions? Meh.
It was cooler than normal at Roland-Garros, he was playing with new balls and Court Philippe-Chatrier looked a little different, but it had little impact on Nadal — judging by the final result.
Thirteen times he has made it past the quarter-finals and all 13 times the Spaniard has walked away with the Coupe des Mousquetaires.
Not only did he overcome the toughest rival of his career in the final but he downed the man who beat him at the Italian Open last month, Diego Schwartzman, in the semi-finals.
“Rafa is Rafa,” said Schwartzman. “I think he knows how to improve. He knows how to practice, how to do everything. After Rome, he goes straight to practice.”
Beating Nadal at Roland-Garros, as Djokovic suggested on the eve of the final, continues to be the most daunting challenge in tennis.
“This is his house with all the titles he's won,” the Serb said on court Friday following his semi-final.
No one can argue with that.