The 2012 BNL Internazionale Masters 1000 is an excellent opportunity for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to find their feet on genuine red clay. Their weekend performance at historic Rome could very well foreshadow their obsession to capture the 2012 French Open title.
In many ways, their skills and ambitions are similar to great boxing champions seeking a world title. It will be a pugilistic battle of physical skills, endurance and fierce desire. In boxing and tennis, it is often the styles that make the match.
Though the rest of the field will present challenges to Nadal and Djokovic, there is a very good chance that these two will collide at Rome and Paris. This is a preview of that specific likelihood and what makes their rivalry meaningful.
The opening slides will examine the physical and mental advantages that both Nadal and Djokovic possess as they enter the ring. The steps will progress in examining the greater motives and meanings for each combatant in winning the French Open title.