Novak Djokovic may be the best player in tennis, but not at Roland Garros.
In what will be a thriller of a 2012 French Open final, the No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal will surely seal the deal against Djokovic.
Considering Rafa won the first two sets, the dominance he has put on display throughout his career at Roland Garros and the undeniable revenge factor that exists, it is clear that Nadal will win this Grand Slam tournament.
Nadal was able to get out to a two-set lead after taking them 6-4 and 6-3. Djokovic would take the third set 6-2 and score a 2-1 edge in the fourth set before the rain delay kicked in.
Rafa has had just 22 unforced errors in the match, while the Djoker has posted 40—an ominous stat.
He has also had the clear edge in break-point opportunities. Nadal has had 15 chances to break, while Djokovic has only seen 10.
Experience at the French Open will also be key for Nadal.
His 52-1 record at Roland Garros speaks for itself. If he were to top Djokovic, it would be his seventh title in Paris in eight years.
The sheer dominance Nadal has had at the tournament over the years will undoubtedly bode well for him heading into the final stretch of this match.
However, aside from the performance he has had this year and in the past, it will be his pride that helps guide him to a French Open victory. He has lost in the final to Djokovic in the last three Grand Slams.
Although Nadal has taken down Djokovic in their last two meetings, there is no doubt Nadal has to be pondering the defeats at the 2012 Australian Open, as well as the 2011 U.S. Open and Wimbledon.
Expect a fired-up Nadal to make the most of his opportunity and win a seventh French Open title. The feat would not only have Rafael Nadal back in the mix for the No. 1 ranking, but also as the player with the most titles ever at Roland Garros.
If Nadal ever wanted to come out on top in this tournament, it will be now more than ever.
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