Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal LIVE: Latest updates from French Open final 2020
Novak Djokovic faces clay court king Rafael Nadal in a dream French Open final on Sunday with more at stake for the world’s two top-ranked players than another Grand Slam title. In one of the sport’s greatest rivalries, Djokovic and Nadal have clashed 55 times with the Serbian leading 29-26. But when it comes to clay, there has never been anybody better than 12-times Roland Garros champion Nadal, who has defeated Djokovic in six of their seven clashes at the French major, including the 2012 and 2014 finals. Djokovic, however, won their last meeting at the French Open in 2015 when he beat the Spaniard in the quarter-finals, something he said gives him hope for Sunday’s showdown.
The winner in Paris will also nudge ahead in their duel in Grand Slam finals contested between the pair, with Djokovic and Nadal having each won four times.Also on the line will be the battle to be considered as the ‘Greatest of All Time’. Djokovic was expected to arrive in Paris with 18 Grand Slams under his belt by winning last month’s U.S. Open in New York, which Nadal skipped due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the 33-year-old was disqualified in his fourth-round match at Flushing Meadows when he inadvertently hit a line judge with the ball. Nadal is one behind Roger Federer’s haul of 20 majors and a 13th French Open title on Sunday would therefore bring him level with the Swiss, leaving Djokovic three adrift.
FIVE MONTHS LATER…WE’RE READY!
Novak to serve…and the Men’s singles final is underway!
The players emerge onto the court at Roland Garros to applause from the fans who are allowed to be in.
Nadal looking for his 100th match win at this competition.
115 mph average first serve speed for Nadal this year.
“Ahead of the pack because he’s willing to adapt,” says Petchey.
MEETING OF THE GIANTS
“I know to play against Novak, I need to be at my best. You can’t be at the final of Roland Garros without suffering.”
15 MINS TO GO
GRAND SLAM LEADERBOARD
Rafa with the chance to equal the world record in men’s tennis today, while his great rival is hoping to close the gap.
Federer – 20
Nadal – 19
Djokovic – 17
Sampras – 14
The roof is currently closing as the rain has begun, so the final will be played indoors.
Former British No. 1 Mark Petchey says it shouldn’t affect the outcome too much in favour of either player.
PLAN TO WIN
Carlos Moya, coach of Nadal, says they have a plan to ensure victory today.
“I don’t know if it will be more difficult than facing Federer at his best at Wimbledon. But we have a plan.
“Djokovic has been using the dropshot for a long time and over the past two weeks, he has done it even more. We will have to be ready.
“Serves are less dangerous. We’ll take that into account because the service won’t earn a lot of direct points.”
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