No. 1 and No. 2 in the world face one another Sunday at Roland Garros.
Rafael Nadal is 22-19 in his career against Novak Djokovic. The reigning French Open champ will be facing the opponent with the best chances of beating him. The only other player to win double digit matches against Nadal is Roger Federer, and he’s won just 10 over Rafa.
Current Wimbledon champ Andy Murray came close to the finals Friday in a tough straight set loss to Nadal at 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.
Murray came out hot in the quarterfinals against French star Gael Monfils taking the first two sets. Monfils rebounded however with the aid of the home crowd and fought his way to a fifth set. Racing against daylight, the pair had less than thirty minutes to finish the match and Murray rose to the occasion. It was too little too late for Monfils as Murray showed his brilliance taking the fifth set 6-0.
The Murray that proved himself against Monfils was halted by Nadal on Friday.
Rafa has been unstoppable since his quarterfinals match against world No. 5 ranked David Ferrer. Nadal dropped the first set to Ferrer, and then won the next three. After the match, Ferrer commented that it was like he “threw in the towel.” He went on to say that, “I don’t usually do this, but I thought, I’m not going to be able to come back into the match. I thought, No, no, not against Rafa. He’s such good a player.” Ferrer was being far too critical of himself, having played a great first set against the world No. 1, but his reactions brought home the point that Nadal is the most difficult player to face right now.
Djokovic defeated Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to advance to a finals match up against Nadal. He is coming off of a recent victory in Rome against Rafa where he won 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
27-year-old Novak Djokovic will be looking to close the gap on his and Rafa’s career head-to-head this Sunday at the 2014 French Open finals. The number one men’s singles world ranking along with a French Open Championship is at stake.