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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will meet for the ninth time in a Grand Slam final Sunday at the 2020 French Open.
The two legendary players have not met in a title clash at a major since the 2019 Australian Open. Most of their head-to-head showdowns in Grand Slam finals occurred at the start of their reigns atop the men’s game alongside Roger Federer.
Nadal is chasing after his 20th overall major and 13th crown on the clay at Roland Garros, while Djokovic is trying to capture his second title in Paris and 18th overall major.
As he typically does in Paris, Nadal dominated his first six matches on the path to the final, as he won every set.
Djokovic faced more difficulties in the previous two rounds, and he will enter at a disadvantage based off those recent struggles and Nadal’s career-long form on clay.
French Open Men’s Final Information
Start Time: 9 a.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports app or NBCSports.com
Prize Money: Winner earns $1.88 million
Rafael Nadal over Novak Djokovic
All of the statistics in Nadal’s favor suggest the Spaniard will come away with his 13th Roland Garros title.
Nadal is 17-7 against Djokovic on clay courts and 6-1 versus the Serbian at the French Open.
Although the numbers are overwhelmingly in Nadal’s favor, he admitted that he must play a solid match against Djokovic, per ATPTour.com.
“The only thing I know is to play against Novak, I need to play my best. Without playing my best tennis, [the] situation is very difficult. I know that it’s a court that I have been playing well on for such a long time, so that helps. But at the same time, he has an amazing record here too. [He’s] one of the