2012 French Open: Is Rafael Nadal in Serious Trouble Against Novak Djokovic?
I couldn't believe my eyes on Sunday.
Rafael Nadal lost eight straight games at the French Open. Did I just write that? Yes, and it actually happened. Of course, he lost those games to Novak Djokovic, the one guy who has had his number over the last year.
Don't get me wrong, I still think Nadal will win the French Open. But this is the first time we've really seen a little chink in Nadal's armor. Nadal was up two sets and 2-0 in the third, but then Djokovic suddenly realized that he was Djokovic, the guy who owned Nadal last year. The guy who has won 27 straight matches in Grand Slams. Suddenly, it was game on.
Of course, the match was stopped with Djokovic up a break at 2-1 in the fourth set due to rain. The match is scheduled to be resumed on Monday, and there should be plenty of drama.
Is Nadal starting to have doubts as to whether he can actually beat Djokovic—even on clay—at a Slam? Will Djokovic be able to keep the momentum going when play resumes? Will he be able to hand Nadal his second loss ever at the French Open?
There's so much at stake. Nadal trying to win his seventh French Open. Djokovic trying to complete the career Slam, and have a Nole Slam as well by winning four straight.
Maybe just as important as all that is the rivalry between these two. Djokovic dominated last year, and it looked to continue at the start of the year. However, Nadal has won several battles on clay this spring, and is trying to turn it back in his favor. Now Djokovic is trying to battle back. If Djokovic beats Nadal at the French Open, I think it would be devastating to Nadal. Any confidence he has built up will be gone. If Nadal pulls it out, what will that do to Djokovic's confidence heading to Wimbledon?
This match is about more than just history, it's about pride, prestige and could go a long way in proving who the best player in the world is. And I can't wait to see the finish.
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