Nadal vs. Djokovic: Preview and Viewing Info for French Open 2014 Men's Finals

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Nadal vs. Djokovic: Preview and Viewing Info for French Open 2014 Men's Finals
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It seemed almost inevitable from the start. Four-time defending champion Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the last two players standing on the men's side of the draw at the 2014 French Open.

Now the tennis world is ready for another potential classic between the two best players in the world.

On Friday, Nadal blew through No. 7 seed Andy Murray 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.

After the beatdown, Murray told reporters, per Simon Briggs of The Telegraph:

"That’s the toughest match I’ve played against him. You can go out there with, you know, all the tactics in the world, but when he’s hitting the ball like that, it’s very difficult to put the ball where you want to."

Rafa has been extraordinarily dominant at Roland Garros this year. He has lost only one set en route to the finals and in only two other sets has an opponent managed to win more than three games.

Djokovic hasn't had as easy of a time.

He's been pushed to four sets three times in this year's tournament—most recently in the semifinals, when he overcame Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Nadal vs. Djokovic is truly one of the best rivalries in sports.

Despite the fact that Rafa has dominated the meetings between the two at Roland Garros (5-0), the matches are usually long and thrilling.

Here's how you can watch the next chapter unfold.

 

When: Sunday at 9 a.m. ET

Where: Roland Garros in Paris, France

TV: NBC

 

Is Djokovic Ready to Knock off the King of Clay?

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When asked about his approach heading into the finals with Nadal, Djokovic said, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com):

"I'm going to try to be aggressive because that is the only way I can win against him. I know that, of course, this is the court he's most dominant on. He has only lost one time in his career. This is where he plays his best."

That's precisely why it isn't wise for anyone to get overly excited about the fact that Djokovic has defeated Rafa four straight times.

The last win was even played on a clay surface in the finals of the Rome Masters last month.

While that could garner some sense of confidence for Djokovic, Rome is not Roland Garros.

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Nadal is 65-1 at the historic venue, and he simply owns the red clay of the French Open.

Thanks to Nadal's dominance, the French Open is the only Grand Slam title Djokovic has yet to capture.

As great as Djokovic is, a win for the No. 2 player in the world would be stunning. As we know, strange things happen on the way to guaranteed wins, but Nadal at the French Open is one of the surest bets in sports.

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