The 34-year-old world number two won the French Open final by three sets without response (6-0), (6-2) and (7-5) within two hours and 41 minutes.
By winning today, Rafa equaled the number of Swiss legends Roger Federer, who has won 20 major tournaments.
This is the 56th match between Nadal and number one in the world Noli, and Sunday’s final was the third between the Spaniard and the Serb at Roland Garros after 2012 and 2014 when the Spaniard emerged victorious on both occasions.
This is Nadal’s thirteenth title among 16 participating in the French championship, his favorite tournament, as well as the 100th victory for Matador at Roland Garros.
Nadal won his fourth title in a row and was only defeated twice at Roland Garros, depriving Djokovic of achieving his eighteenth title in the Grand Slams and his second in Paris after 2016.
“Winning here means everything to me,” Nadal, who has not lost a set throughout the French championship, said after the match. “Frankly, I don’t think that I equaled Federer’s number with my twentieth title, for me today it is a win at Roland Garros.”
“Roland Garros means everything to me. I spent here the most important moments of my tennis career.”
Noli was a Yemeni in the repetition of the result of their last meeting in the tournament when he outperformed his opponent in the quarter-finals of 2015, while the only other defeat for Rafa in the fourth round of 2009 was against the Swedish Robin Söderling.
This was the ninth time for the two players to meet in the Grand Slam final, as Nadal was bettered by five victories against four for Djokovic, as the latter outperformed the last Grand Slam final in Australia last year.