On Sunday, the Philippe Chatrier Stadium will be on the date of the 56th match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, in the French Open final at Roland Garros.
World number one Djokovic is looking for his 18th Grand Prix title but he is only second at Roland Garros.
In turn, Nadal will have a historic opportunity to equal the number of his Swiss rival Roger Federer in terms of the number of major titles (20), if he is crowned champion of Roland Garros for the fourth time in a row and the thirteenth in. Its history.
Nadal reached the final 13th in the tournament by beating Argentine Diego Schwarzman 6-3 6-3 7-6 (7-0) on Friday, while Greek Djokovic Stefanos Tsitsipas fifth narrowly overcame 6-3 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6 -1.
Sunday’s final will be the third between the Spaniard and the Serbian at Roland Garros, after 2012 and 2014, when the Spaniard won on both occasions.
Djokovic leads Nadal with 29 wins to 26 defeats.
Despite his awareness that Nadal is almost invincible at the stadiums of the French championship, which this year has moved from its traditional date in May and June to now to become the last major tournament of the season due to the repercussions of the new Coronavirus, Djokovic considered that in his career he played more difficult and more important matches than the final match on Sunday “I don’t think it’s the most important game of my career,” he explained.
“In terms of importance, I think the most important thing was probably my first final against him at Wimbledon” in 2011, when the Serbian scored his first victory over his opponent in the Grand Slam, revealing that “Wimbledon has always been the tournament I wanted to win.” When I was a kid and I dreamed of winning it. ” This (match) is of the utmost importance. ”
The Serbian also ranked the final of the French championship against Murray in 2016, when he won the title, more important than Sunday’s match.
The Serbian said he got an advantage this year by moving the tournament from spring to autumn because the weather is cooler, which makes the ball heavier, explaining, “Conditions are different from those we are used to in May and June. I think it gives me a better chance. Obviously.” Don’t jump the ball high over the shoulder the way he likes. ”