In personal meetings Djokovic is leading with a score of 29-26. Nadal reached the final of Roland Garros for the 13th time. Nadal has never lost in the final to Roland Garros. The victory at Roland Garros will allow Nadal to catch up with Federer (20) in victories at Helmets.
Novak's problems began closer to the final. In the quarterfinals of the competition, the first racket of the world lost his first set in the tournament. It happened in a confrontation with the Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta (4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4). And in the semifinals of Roland Garros Djokovic lost two games to his opponent. Stefanos Tsitsipas (3-6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 1-6) pulled the nerves of the Serb well.
Novak spent about four hours on the match against the Greek tennis player, which, of course, may affect his overall readiness for the decisive match against Rafael Nadal.
After the first round match against Yegor Gerasimov (6-4, 6-4, 6-2) Rafa admitted that this is “another Roland Garros”. Primarily, because of the weather conditions. Recall that the current Roland Garros, due to the coronavirus pandemic, takes place in the cold autumn, while usually the Major in Paris takes place at the turn of spring and summer, meaning in warm weather.
On the way to his 13th final at Roland Garros, Nadal, in addition to Gerasimov, also beat Mackenzie MacDonald (6-1, 6-0, 6-3), Stefano Travaglia (6-1, 6-4, 6-0), Sebastian Corda (6-1, 6-1, 6-2), Yannick Sinner (7-6, 6-4, 6-1) and Diego Schwarzman (7-6, 6-4, 6-1). A victory at the Major in Paris will allow Rafa to catch up with Roger Federer (20 titles) in victories at the Grand Slam tournaments.
In the quarterfinals, Novak lost a set to Carre?o-Busta and in the semifinals he gave two games to Stefanos Tsitsipas. So the Serb spent a lot of energy before the final itself. In terms of freshness, Nadal will have a slight advantage. In addition, we recall that Rafa has never lost in the final to Roland Garros. It is clear that everything happens for the first time, but, most likely, not this time.
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