Saturday, June 7, 2014

Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic: Final preview

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are going to meet for the record 42nd time coming Sunday for the most prestigious clay court title. Nadal is leading 22-19 against the world no2. For Novak, it is going to be his maiden title while Nadal is looking for his record 9th Roland Garros title. Winner will be ranked 1 coming Monday.

Djokovic had the last laugh in last 4 meetings between the two, including one clay court meeting in Rome Final. But Nadal won last 3 Grand Slam matches including epic 5 setter in 2013 French Open semifinal.

It has been easy ride to final for Rafael Nadal as he lost only 1 set to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in Quarter final. Also nobody could challenge Djokovic so far. Both haven’t played a 5 setter so far so we are expecting a great final, as one will be determined to become 8th player in ATP history to have won all Grand Slam title at least once while other is looking for his record 9th French Open title and to become first player to have won 5 title in same grand slam event and also to become first player in the history to win at least one Grand Slam title for 10 consecutive year. Victory for Rafael Nadal will equal his Grand Slam title tally with the great Pete Sampras.

Djokovic can trouble Nadal as he is now more determined and matured and have already beaten him in couple of clay matches, but it is not going to be easy either for Nadal or Djokovic. They will have to sweat it out in the middle to finally kiss the coveted trophy.

The only concern is that, the weather holds up in Paris as Nadal is not comfortable playing in cloudy condition. Hope we are going to have great Sunday evening!

In WTA, in less than 2 hours, Maria Sharapova will be taking on Simona Halep to clinch her second French Open title. Last year she was denied to win consecutive French Open title by Serena Williams, who had a rather shocking exit this time in second round against Gabrine Muguruza.

1 comment:

B Pradeep Nair said...

Really looking forward to this final. Bound to be a great match. Now, waiting for Women's final to begin.