One final match stands between Rafael Nadal and a successful French Open title defense. One final match separates Novak Djokovic from completing his career Grand Slam.
It's safe to say we couldn't have written a better storyline to cap off what has been an action-packed, drama-filled tournament at Roland Garros.
Will the King of Clay prevail once more, or will Djokovic earn a second consecutive victory on the red surface against the world No. 1?
Each player looked convincingly dominant in their semifinal victories. They carry significant momentum and a high level of confidence into the final match of the French Open.
Needless to say, Sunday's final has all the makings to be one for the ages.
To ensure not a moment of the action is missed, let's take a look at the television schedule, start time and live stream information for another epic Nadal-Djokovic showdown.
2014 French Open: Men's Final Schedule
When: Sunday, June 8
Time: 9 a.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
Men's Final Outlook
Both Players Ailing?
In the early rounds of the French Open, one big storyline involved Nadal's ailing back. ESPN.com captured Nadal's statement about his health during a press conference:
"During my career, I had (a) few problems. ... Hopefully will not be (the) case" the rest of the way in Paris, Nadal said.
"I served more slowly since I started feeling the pain," he said, noting that he's worn tape on his back for extra support.
Obviously, Nadal was able to push through any pain he may be experiencing, as he's now earned a trip to the French Open final.
Interestingly enough, he may not be the only competitor to be experiencing health issues.
According to a tweet from Douglas Robson of USA Today, Djokovic may have problems of his own:
Whatever illness Djokovic may be dealing with certainly didn't hinder his performance against Ernests Gulbis on Friday, but it is something to monitor going forward.
Earning Places in History
Both Nadal and Djokovic have already put together illustrious careers; however, with their trips to the French Open final, their legacies only continue to grow.
Djokovic is rapidly moving up the ranks of Grand Slam final appearances, according to a tweet from TennisNow:
For Nadal, Friday's dominating performance over Andy Murray earned him an improbably ninth trip to the French Open final, via a tweet from Roland Garros:
It's simply incredible what both of these players have already accomplished over their storied careers. A win by either athlete on Sunday will only further cement his legacy as one of tennis' all-time greats.
Who's the Favorite?
The world No. 1 taking on the world No. 2 is a perfect ending to what has been an awe-inspiring tournament.
Nadal and Djokovic have looked extremely consistent throughout the French Open and have all of the necessary momentum to emerge victorious.
We've all seen Nadal's dominance on clay during his career; however, not too long ago, Djokovic stunned Nadal on clay at the ATP World Tour Masters in Rome.
Djokovic has also won his last five meetings against the world No. 1, but Nadal holds the slight career edge, with a 22-19 record against Djokovic.
Given the great matches between these two athletes in the past, and their current masterful performances, we're certainly in for quite a treat when they face off once more on Sunday.
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