Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Serbia's Novak Djokovic in three sets, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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Rafael Nadal has had too many great moments at the French Open to count. This one may have been his best. 

Nadal destroyed Novak Djokovic in a 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 romp in Sunday’s French Open final, taking home his record 13th championship at Roland Garros and tying Roger Federer for the most Grand Slam championships in tennis history.

“What you’re doing on this court is unbelievable,” Djokovic said to Nadal on the court after the match. “Not just on this court, throughout your entire career you’ve been a great champion and today you showed why you’re King of the Clay. I’ve experienced it on my own skin.”

The Spaniard will take home a $1.9 million purse for his victory, with Djokovic bringing in $941,296. Darren Rovell of The Action Network had updated career earnings for Nadal, Federer and Djokovic.

While most favored Nadal in the hyped head-to-head, no one expected the straight evisceration that played out. Nadal knocked Djokovic out of sync from the opening game, with the Serb losing 6-0 in a Grand Slam final for the first time in his career.

The momentum never even came close to shifting in Djokovic’s favor. He broke Nadal just once in five opportunities while giving up seven breaks on 18 chances of his own. 

It was a quintessentially dominant performance from Nadal, making the world’s top-ranked player look like no tougher test than a first-round opponent.

Djokovic entered the final putting together one of the more impressive runs of tennis in recent history. He entered with a 37-1 overall record for the season, with that one loss

Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in the semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will meet for the ninth time in a Grand Slam final Sunday at the 2020 French Open. 

The two legendary players have not met in a title clash at a major since the 2019 Australian Open. Most of their head-to-head showdowns in Grand Slam finals occurred at the start of their reigns atop the men’s game alongside Roger Federer.  

Nadal is chasing after his 20th overall major and 13th crown on the clay at Roland Garros, while Djokovic is trying to capture his second title in Paris and 18th overall major. 

As he typically does in Paris, Nadal dominated his first six matches on the path to the final, as he won every set. 

Djokovic faced more difficulties in the previous two rounds, and he will enter at a disadvantage based off those recent struggles and Nadal’s career-long form on clay.

           

French Open Men’s Final Information

Start Time: 9 a.m. ET

TV: NBC

Live Stream: NBC Sports app or NBCSports.com

Prize Money: Winner earns $1.88 million

      

Prediction

Rafael Nadal over Novak Djokovic

All of the statistics in Nadal’s favor suggest the Spaniard will come away with his 13th Roland Garros title. 

Nadal is 17-7 against Djokovic on clay courts and 6-1 versus the Serbian at the French Open. 

Although the numbers are overwhelmingly in Nadal’s favor, he admitted that he must play a solid match against Djokovic, per ATPTour.com.

“The only thing I know is to play against Novak, I need to play my best. Without playing my best tennis, [the] situation is very difficult. I know that it’s a court that I have been playing well on for such a long time, so that helps. But at the same time, he has an amazing record here too. [He’s] one of the

Sofia Kenin of the U.S. plays a shot against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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Sofia Kenin is the third different American woman to reach the French Open final in the last five years. 

On Saturday, the No. 4 seed will try to win on the Paris clay, which is what Serena Williams in 2016 and Sloane Stephens in 2018 failed to do. 

Kenin is attempting to become the first American singles champion at Roland Garros since Williams in 2015. 

Standing in the way of her second-career major victory is Iga Swiatek, a 19-year-old Polish player that has taken the event by storm.

Swiatek is one of two players left in the tournament in either singles draw that has not lost a set yet. The other is Rafael Nadal, who is a 12-time champion at Roland Garros. 

                    

French Open Women’s Final Information

Start Time: 9 a.m. ET

TV: NBC

Prize Money: $1.88 million to the winner

      

Prediction

Sofia Kenin over Iga Swiatek

Although Kenin’s set record at Roland Garros is worse than Swiatek’s, she carries a significant edge in experience.

Kenin won her first Grand Slam final appearance at the Australian Open and has been beaten just once in  major tournaments this season. 

Her handling of the moment and overall form could help her take the first sets off Swiatek at Roland Garros. 

The American comes into the women’s singles final off two controlling performances. The first was in the third set against Danielle Collins in which she did not concede a game. She followed that up with a straight-set win over her only seeded opponent, Petra Kvitova. 

Kenin admitted after the win over Kvitova that she is playing some of her best tennis, per ESPN.com’s D’Arcy Maine.

“It took some time for me to get my motivation back,” Kenin said.. “I finally got it. I feel like I’m playing the best

A pedestrian passes closed stores at a market in Paris.

Photographer: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg

French economic output is plateauing at 5% below pre-crisis levels, according to the Bank of France, adding to signs the country’s recovery from lockdown is faltering.

The central bank’s monthly survey of some 8,500 companies showed little change between August and September in the level of activity in industry, services and construction. Business leaders’ comments on the outlook indicate no pickup in October either, it said.

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French economic activity is 5% below pre-crisis levels

Source: Bank of France

After a sharp rebound when the government ended confinement measures in May, the French economy has shown signs of weakness in recent weeks. A resurgence in the number of coronavirus cases and a return of partial lockdown measures in some areas are making businesses and consumers increasingly wary about the near future, surveys show.

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde has also expressed concern. She warned this week that the V-shaped recovery “we all longed for and hoped for” in the euro area will develop a “second arm,” and singled out France and Spain as faring particularly poorly.

French President Emmanuel Macron said late Wednesday his government will announce more restrictions on Thursday, similar to those in Marseille and Paris where bars have been shuttered.

“When we ask them about October, businesses are overall cautious: they expect their activity to be stable again, but the mention greater uncertainty, notably in the most affected sectors,” Bank of France Governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau said in comments to Agence France Presse.

Despite the flattening of the recovery in September, the central bank reiterated its forecast for a 16% rebound of gross domestic product in the third quarter. There are still significant disparities between sectors, it said. Most

PARIS (Reuters) – Total

has taken a 20% equity stake in the Eolmed floating wind farm pilot project in France, which the French group said on Wednesday formed part of its broader plans to build up its presence in the wind power sector.

The 30 megawatts (MW) project is located in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Gruissan in France. The power company Qair is the majority shareholder in the project.

“This announcement once again demonstrates the group’s ambition and willingness to innovate in the field of renewable energies,” said Julien Pouget, director of renewables at Total.

Total did not disclose any financial details of the investment.

Last month, Total said it would hike its annual investments in renewable energy and electricity by 50% as it cuts its reliance on oil, emulating European rivals in a bid to become a major low-carbon power producer.

Total aims to have 35 gigawatts (GW) in gross renewable energy production capacity by 2025, up from a previous target of 25GW. The company has said that 70% of this target has already been accounted for, including projects still under construction.

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