French Open 2013 Men's Semifinal: Nadal vs. Djokovic Preview and Prediction

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French Open 2013 Men's Semifinal: Nadal vs. Djokovic Preview and Prediction
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Rafael Nadal has mounted a furious four-month comeback to win the 2013 French Open title. He wants nothing more than to bite the Musketeers Cup for an eighth time. But he first needs to conquer his fiercest rival and the No. 1 player in the world, Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic craves the Holy Grail of Roland Garros, the past decade's most difficult tournament to win. His dream will only be realized by battering through perhaps the greatest clay-court player of all time, Nadal.

There is only winning and misery. There will be no courageous defeat for the loser, and that's the way it should be for an epic semifinal pairing that, by any tennis fan's measure, is the real French Open finals.

This is the ultimate crossroads for their careers, two proven champions with highly decorated success and battle scars during their prime years. There will be few surprises except the unveiling of each and every important point.

How did two very different career paths come to form tennis' super rivalry? It's a fascinating coming of greatness that continues to shift in unpredictable ways.

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