For the past four years, the French Open has ended the same way, but 2014 could be different.
From 2010 to 2013, as well as 2005 to 2008, the French Open has culminated with Rafael Nadal winning the men's singles tournament. It's how he earned his nickname, "King of Clay." However, the clay courts of Roland Garros may not be the same safe haven against Novak Djokovic on Sunday.
Here's how to watch Djokovic and Nadal match up for the 42nd time.
When: Sunday, June 8 at 9 a.m. ET
Watch: TV: NBC Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Of the 41 times Djokovic and Nadal have faced each other previously, five have been at Roland Garros. Nadal has won all five, and he looks no less dominant there this year.
Nadal advanced to the final by defeating Andy Murray, a two-time Grand Slam champion and Olympic gold medalist, by the score of 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. Only once in six 2014 French Open rounds has Nadal even lost a set.
Djokovic knows what he's up against. According to ESPN, he told reporters the following ahead of his latest bout with Nadal:
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.
As much as his French Open record against Nadal suggests otherwise, Djokovic knows the formula to beat him. Since Nadal defeated Djokovic in the 2013 U.S. Open Final, Djokovic has not lost to him—winning four straight matches, three of which came in straight sets in best-of-three matches.
The fourth came on clay, when Djokovic beat Nadal in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Nadal has history on his side, but Djokovic has momentum.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.
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