Nadal has a chance to balance Federer’s record 20 Grand Slam titles, while Djokovic aims to win at least 2 championships in each major tournament.
On the evening of October 11 (Hanoi time), when Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal go to Philippe Chatrier Stadium, they will play one of the most important matches in their confrontations.
The two top ATP players have clashed to win major titles in tennis since their first meeting at Roland Garros 2006. However, the eighth meeting on the Paris red pitch, and The 56th match between two players was even more important. Both are chasing Grand Slam history. History awaits Djokovic and Nadal
Djokovic is aiming to be the first male tennis player in the Open Era to have at least two Grand Slam titles. A victory also earned him the 18th time in the throne in major tournaments, closing the gap in the number of Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal (19) and Roger Federer (20).
For the first time, Nadal is only one win away from Federer’s record for a Grand Slam title. The 19-time grand title winner will aim to add the 13th Roland Garros to his collection, and become the first to win 100 matches at the Paris Red Stadium.
In the first encounters between the two players, Nadal clearly dominated. The Spaniard competed on the muscle with left hand strokes and used more seasoned experience to win 14 out of 18 encounters.
However, Djokovic turned upside down to repeat this record. The Serbian tennis player has won 14 of the last 18 games against Nadal. He improved his serve, pushed Nadal behind the back line and was constantly on the defensive. The world’s number one player also uses his backhand effectively to counter Nadal’s attack, when the ball is sideways and bounces at steady heights.
The competition is worth the wait
On his way to the quarterfinals, Djokovic won 4 victories without losing a set, and only took 7 hours 33 minutes on the field. However, in the following 2 games, he needed a total of 7 hours 4 minutes to reach the 5th Roland Garros final in his career (won 1, lost 3).
Despite struggling with neck and shoulder problems during the quarter-final against Carreno Busta, Djokovic expressed confidence in recovering in time for the final against Nadal.
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Statistics of Nadal (blue) and Djokovic (red) in 6 matches at Roland Garros. Graphics: Minh Phuc.
Nadal’s path to the final has become simpler. For the 6th time, the Spanish player did not lose any set in the journey to the final. The showdown with Diego Schwartzman in the semifinals shows that Nadal’s play has adapted to harsh conditions, in order to defeat his opponent who won him at the Rome Masters.
Djokovic, one of two players to win Nadal at Roland Garros, will be inspired to beat his opponent in the quarter-finals of 2015 to his advantage. The Serbian player is in top form, winning 37 out of 38 appearances this season.
The Serbian is trying to complete the second Grand Slam collection of his career and consolidate the top spot on the ATP rankings to chase Federer’s record of 310 weeks at number one in the world.