Novak Djokovic, humble in defeat, admits: ‘Today I was outplayed by a better player’

World number one Novak Djokovic was humble and thankful in his post-match comments after losing the French Open final in straight sets to Rafael Nadal.

The Serbian never seemed to get into his stride in the first two sets, with an almost faultness Nadal taking them 6-0, 6-2.

It wasn’t until the third set that Djokovic played more as himself, taking the set to 5-5 before being broken in his last service game, finally losing 7-5.

The win means Nadal now equals Roger Federer’s record of 20 career Grand Slams.

Speaking after the match, Novak Djokovic was gracious to this opponent, saying: “I want to say a huge congratulations to Rafa, your team and your family.

“What you are doing on this court is unbelievable and not just on this court

“Today you showed why you are king of the clay. I have experienced it.

“I am not so pleased with the way I played but I was definitely outplayed by a better player on the court today.

“It’s been a fantastic couple of weeks. The situation is very difficult for everyone worldwide but we have the possibility to play the sport we love.

“Thank you to everyone who made this tournament possible.”

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