Is it gonna be Nadal vs Djokovic again?
By S Sai Jagannath
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic are the modern synonyms for tennis. These players are the most elite and have dominated this sport for more than 2 decades of extreme and fierce rivalry with one another. With Roger the unscathed legend unable to feature in the French open there's only one word that's going around: NADAL vs DJOKOVIC.
Nadal and Djokovic are two of the biggest superstars of tennis. They both have won 36 grand slams in total with absolutely sheer dominance. Their game is so intense and promising as if the 2020 French open was set just to experience their majestic game in the finals. With Nadal winning the quarter-finals quite dominantly defeating Sinner to (7-4,6-4,6-1) three straight sets to enter the semi-finals in grand style eyeing to lift the French title for the 13th time. Nadal is the undisputed king of the clay-court while his unparalleled record is its clear evidence. Out of his 19 Grand slam titles, he has won 12 in French creating history.
Djokovic is more of a modern-day legend with his ultimate and fancy skill set compared to Nadal and Roger. Djokovic is currently the No.1 ranked player and has shown his authority over Nadal previously. He beat Carreno to (4-6,6-2,6-3,6-4) recording the first set that he lost in this tournament. He will be facing Schwartzman in the semis but it won't be startling if a player of his stature would end the game in straight sets. Besides who wouldn't want to watch a Nadal-Djokovic final so let's just eliminate the fact of losing. Concentrating on the stats Djokovic is the first player ever to beat Nadal in 7 consecutive finals and 4 clay-court finals, he is also the first player to beat Nadal at French Open in straight sets.
Looking onto the other side Nadal is the only man to have defeated Djokovic the most number of times. Out of the 15 Grand slam title finals, they have faced each other Nadal leads the way 9-6, of which 6-1 in French open and 2-1 in the U.S open. They are undoubtedly the best players of this generation and have inspired millions of people. Although Nadal holds the upper hand let's not forget what Djokovic has to offer. Whosoever the winner may be, let time decide and again let's eliminate any chances of how they might lose in the semis. The calm clay of Rolland Garros awaits for the greats to clutter the clay with their majestic gameplay.