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One set away from equaling Roger
Does it get any better for Rafael Nadal? He’s hit 21 winners to six unforced errors, broken five times and hasn’t lost serve through two sets against Novak Djokovic, leading, 6-0, 6-2. A complete shut of the door would see the Spaniard lift his 13th Coupe des Mousquetaires and a men’s record-tying 20th major. Nadal is aiming to complete his run to the title without dropping a set for the fourth time (2008, 2010 and 2017).
A 6-0, 5-1 lead for Rafa…
Novak Djokovic has faced break points in every one of his service games. Just two serves thus far have not been returned by Rafael Nadal, who has extended his advantage to 6-0, 5-1. The Djokovic drop shot continues to be problematic. In a near carbon copy of an earlier game in set two, Nadal ended a tremendous deuce rally by having the final word.
A set and a break advantage for Nadal
Make it nine of 10 games won for Rafael Nadal, who now leads Novak Djokovic, 6-0, 3-1. Having gone zero for five on break points to start the second set, Nadal set up his sixth opportunity after making Djokovic pay for a floating a drop shot. The lefty would ultimately break the Serbian for a fourth time, and back it up in his next trip to the line.
On the board: Djokovic battles to first game of Set 2
Will Novak Djokovic settle in now that he’s posted a game? He recovered from 15-40 down, and saved a third break point to begin the second set against Rafael Nadal. Djokovic made 11 of 12 first serves before posting the crucial hold. If anyone can reset after losing a set 6-0, it’s Djokovic.
Rafa bagels Djokovic to open one-set lead
He had three break points to get one break back, but Novak Djokovic was unable to convert. A game later, he led 40-0, only to yet again see himself unable to get on the board. The world No. 1 has held eight game points across three separate games. Nadal has been successful with going up the line on both wings so far in posting just the second bagel set in 147 played against Djokovic (2019 Rome final). Nadal hit 10 winners to two unforced errors in opening the one-set lead after 45 minutes of work. He is 91-0 after winning the first set at Roland Garros. Djokovic won just 3 of 11 first-serve points.
Nadal up a double break to start
Novak Djokovic led 40-15 in the opening game, but Rafael Nadal found a way to break and consolidated for 2-0. Nadal threw up defensive lobs twice in the first game and won both points. In the third game, a double fault saw Djokovic fall behind 15-40, and Nadal would convert on his second opportunity when Djokovic’s backhand found the net. Both have four winners thus far, but Djokovic has hit six unforced errors to Nadal’s one.
Final to be played under the Chatrier roof
Rain began falling at Roland Garros a half hour before the final was due to start. The roof was closed and with the players starting, it will remain closed for the entirety of the match. An advantage for Djokovic? The top seed will serve to begin the match.
20-19-18 or 20-20-17? Sooooooon!
It’s a historic day at Roland Garros, for world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Rafael Nadal continue their storied rivalry with more on the line than ever before (Djokovic leads 29-26). Djokovic, who holds more wins on clay against Nadal than anyone else, is aiming to become the first man in the Open Era to lift each major trophy twice. The 2016 champion in Paris, a title would see Djokovic increase his career Slam haul to 18. The Serbian has won nine of his past 10 major finals and is the last man to topple Nadal on Court Philippe-Chatrier—five years ago in the quarterfinals.
Nadal, who enters Sunday with a 99-2 mark at Roland Garros, is seeking to tie Roger Federer’s record-setting men’s pace of 20 majors. The left-hander has never lost at the clay-court major once advancing to the semifinal stage (25-0) and has won 29 straight matches in the French capital. Playing his 1200th career tour-level match, Nadal is bidding for his 999th victory and 60th trophy on clay. The 34-year-old owns the most wins of any player, male or female, over No. 1-ranked players with 20.