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Djokovic-Nadal again in French Open final

 Sports Desk

 Published: 04:55 PM, 11 October 2020  

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on Sunday meet for the 56th time in a Roland Garros final blockbuster with history on the line for both men.

World number one Djokovic is chasing an 18th Grand Slam title and a second French Open which would make him the first man in half a century to win all four Slams twice.

Defending champion Nadal, the world number two can win a 13th Roland Garros and 20th major which would tie the all-time men’s record held by Roger Federer.

Victory on Sunday would also give the 34-year-old Spaniard a 100th match win in Paris against just two defeats in 15 years.

One of those losses came against Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals, the last time the pair clashed on the crushed red brick surface of Court Philippe Chatrier.

The Serbian has won 37 matches in 2020 with his one defeat self-inflicted via his infamous default at the US Open.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, who pushed Djokovic to five sets in a breathless semi-final, sees few flaws in the top seed’s game.

The 22-year-old matched Djokovic when it came to the all-out assault on Friday night but at the crunch moments, the Serbian wall stood firm as the world number one saved 11 of 15 break points he faced.

Djokovic, 33, has a 29-26 edge over Nadal in their long-running rivalry.

He has won 14 of their last 18 meetings and the last three at the Slams.

However, the pair’s most recent three matches on clay have all gone Nadal’s way with Djokovic’s last victory on the dirt coming in the Rome quarter-finals four years ago.