2020 is the year that has been ruined by COVID-19 pandemic as many sporting events were cancelled like the Tokyo Olympics which will now go ahead on 23rd July 2021. In these desparate times a Djokovic-Nadal encounter will be the biggest event in sports. Both of them will meet today in the French Open Final. With this final another classic is going to be added in the list of epics between Rafa and Djokovic.
This year’s final between Nadal and Djokovic is the 56th match between these two legends of tennis. Djokovic is leading the battle at the moment with 29-26 in the 55 matches that have been played so far between them. When it comes to Grand Slam both of them have faced each other 15 times and 8 times they have battled for the Grand Slam trophy in the Finals. At the moment they are even-steven at 4-4. Both of them will be facing each other in the French Open final for the third time and in the previous two meetings Nadal was victorious i.e. in 2012 and 2014. Overall, at the Roland Garros they have played against each other in seven matches and Nadal has won 6 of them. In fact, both of them met for the very first time in Quarter-Final of 2006 French Open.
Rafael Nadal Searching for his 20th Grand Slam
Rafael Nadal is the King of clay court and has never lost a French Open final in his entire career. He has a mind-blowing record at the Roland Garros as he has lost only two matches at the clay court i.e. in 4th round of 2009 French Open against Robin Soderling and in quarter final in 2015 against Djokovic. Nadal is looking for his 13th French Open title as he has already won 12 Roland Garros trophies. If he wins today then it will be his 20th Grand Slam title equalling Roger Federer’s all time record.
Can Djokovic become only Player to Defeat Nadal in French Open Final
On the other hand, if Djokovic emerges as victorious it will be his 18th Grand Slam title trailing Nadal by only one and all times great Federer by just two titles. He will also be the only player to have won the French Open after defeating the King of clay-court i.e. Rafael Nadal in the particular edition. If he manages to win the final, he will be the only player who will win the title after defeating Nadal in final as he has never loss any Roland Garros final. With the Sunday’s win, Djokovic will be the only player in Open era to have won every Grand Slam title at least two times. When we see the other two greats Nadal has won the Australian Open only once and Federer only has one French Open title to his name which he won in 2009. Djokovic is the World No. 1 player in tennis and he is closing on on Roger Federer’s record of 310 weeks as the World No. 1 player. He is currently on 288th week.