Rafael Nadal was a player to beat in 2019, securing two Major titles and his fifth No. 1 of the year ahead of Novak Djokovic. Rafa had 58 wins that season and one of his most prized came in the Roland Garros semi-final against old rival Roger Federer.
It was his fourteenth meeting at the Majors (the fifteenth was just around the corner at Wimbledon). Rafa got the tenth victory after a triumph by 6-3, 6-4, and 6-2 in two hours and 25 minutes. Nadal had lost all five of his previous matches against Federer and was itching to change that on his favorite court, facing Roger in Paris for the first time since 2011 final.