For the seventh time in four years, rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will face off for a Grand Slam title.
The two best players in men's tennis have combined to win 12 of the past 16 major tournaments, but only one can claim the 2014 French Open crown on Day 15 at Roland Garros.
Eight-time champion Nadal is looking to improve to a jaw-dropping 66-1 on the Paris clay en route to winning what would be a record ninth French Open championship. Meanwhile, Djokovic is still aiming to complete the career Grand Slam, which would require him to end Nadal's lengthy reign at Roland Garros.
With the stage set for another instant classic between two of the best players to have ever picked up a racquet, below you'll find a complete breakdown of television and live stream coverage for Sunday's action.
|Date||Event||Coverage (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|Sun, June 8||Men's Final||9 a.m. - 3 p.m.||NBC||NBC Sports Live Extra|
Source: NBC Sports
What to Watch For
Ever since their thrilling Australian Open final showdown in Melbourne in 2012, Nadal versus Djokovic has been must-see television. The two players have been evenly matched over the course of their careers as well, with Nadal leading the all-time head-to-head 22-19.
On clay, Nadal's advantage is much more decisive. He leads Djokovic 13-4 on his preferred surface and is 5-0 against the Serb at Roland Garros since 2006.
But it appears that Djokovic is closing the gap to the Spaniard on the red stuff, losing in four sets to him in the 2012 French Open final and pushing the world No. 1 to five sets a year ago in Paris.
Nonetheless, picking a winner will be awfully difficult, as both men cruised through their respective halves of the draw. Nadal and Djokovic combined to lose just three sets en route to the final.
Following his dismantling of Andy Murray in the semifinals on Friday, Nadal discussed the key to his recent turnaround, per ESPN.com's Greg Garber:
I say the other day that I was practicing better than a long time ago, so that's why the result today, no? I think I played very well with my forehand. I think was important to serve the way that I served today. If I am able to hit a few forehands in a row is true that normally I have a lot of chances, have had good success.
While history suggests that Nadal is poised to come out on top, Djokovic's recent success against Rafa could be foreboding. After all, Djokovic has won their previous four meetings and two of their past three matchups on clay, with both wins coming in Masters 1000 finals, as pointed out by Chris Skelton on Twitter:
Nobody ever has won three straight clay finals from Nadal (Djokovic won both that they played in 2013-14).— Chris Skelton (@ChrisSkelton87) June 6, 2014
Unlike the rest of the elite players on tour, Djokovic possesses the athleticism and all-around game to compete with Nadal and push him on his favorite surface.
Which player has more at stake in Sunday's men's final?
Djokovic's ability to transition quickly from defense to offense makes him Nadal's greatest threat at Roland Garros.
Whether he's pushing Rafa around on the court with his forehand or beating him with the two-handed backhand down the line, Djokovic has the weapons to end Nadal's incredible reign at the French Open.
However, there's a reason Nadal is the King of Clay and an eight-time champion at Roland Garros.
In order to beat Nadal on this surface, Djokovic must not only start fast, but take risks in order to make the defending champion uncomfortable. With enough success, Djokovic will allow doubt to creep into Nadal's mind at Roland Garros for the first time in a long time. If that happens, Djokovic would be well within reach of the elusive career Grand Slam.
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