French Open 2012 Draw: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic Destined to Duel in Final
One man will put his bid for history against the other's dominance at Roland Garros.
If Djokovic wins the French Open, he'll become only the third men's player in history to win four straight Grand Slam titles. If Nadal wins, it will be his seventh Roland Garros title in the last eight years.
Watching each man battle for glory would be epic, to say the least.
Djokovic is the world's top-ranked player and has titles at the Australian Open and Sony Ericsson Open this season, continuing upon a remarkable 2011 season that saw him win three Grand Slams and storm to the top of the tennis rankings.
Nadal regained his No. 2 ranking after winning the Italian Open last week, beating Djokovic in the final, and also has titles this year at the Barcelona Open and Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (also over Djokovic in the final).
Simply put, Djokovic and Nadal are the top two players in the world right now, and there isn't much disputing it.
Roger Federer (and his four titles this year) will surely play a factor in France. So too will Andy Murray, still trying to prove he can break through and win his first Grand Slam. And surely some other contender will make a surprise run to keep things interesting.
Are Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on a crash course for the French Open final?
But this is Nadal and Djokovic's tournament, make no mistake about it. So who would win if the two do meet?
Well, Nadal is 2-1 against Djokovic this year, breaking the seven-match winning streak Djokovic was on in the head-to-head matchup. Overall, Nadal holds an 18-14 record in the rivalry, and he's really hard to bet against on clay.
But Djokovic just has a killer edge on the biggest stages right now, and I'm too afraid to bet against him. In a match for the ages, I'd pick Djokovic.
I sure can't wait to watch.
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