The talk has all been of their rivalry, of the 21 matches they have played, of the 17 finals they have contested, of the balance of power on clay and on grass, and of the hopes for a fourth final at Roland Garros.
The debates have raged about whether Roger Federer, though now with a French title to his name, can ever hope to beat Rafael Nadal in the crucible of Philippe Chatrier.
Until their careers are over, however, the measure of each against the other cannot be made. Until then, their achievements stack up inexorably, tracking the greats who have gone before them.
At 2010’s French Open, there are targets aplenty, records that could fall, more landmarks they might achieve. Many of these are against men who have closed the book on their own records.
For Federer, it is invariably Pete Sampras. For Nadal, it is as often Bjorn Borg. For both it is Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors, and, of course, each other.