2012 Roland Garros Final

This entry was posted on Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Yes, them again. 

Whatever the outcome on Sunday afternoon, history will be made at Roland Garros. For the first time in the Open Era, the same two men will compete in their fourth consecutive Grand Slam final. And if Djokovic beats Nadal (again) he will add his own bit of history by being in possession of all four slams at the same time, the first man to do so since Rod Laver in the late 60s.

The genius of these two players, and of Novak in particular, can be summed up in one thought; they have effectively retired Roger Federer. The man who many thought was the greatest to ever hold a racket, is now a mere glint in these two’s wing mirror.

Although Djokovic has dominated men’s tennis of late, this final surely represents Nadal’s best chance of beating him; on his favourite surface and his favourite stage. (If Nadal wins he will break Bjorn Borg’s record of 6 French Opens.) Indeed, Nadal leads 11-2 against Novak on clay and has beaten him in all three of their previous Roland Garros meetings, without the Serb taking as much as a set. Their two meetings on clay this year (the Monte Carlo and Italian finals) have seen the Spaniard smash it in straight sets.

Yet Djokovic cannot be written off. Witness his performance in Australia, in that marathon tennis match, which became the longest Grand Slam final of all time, at nearly six hours. So we like the outsider, Novak at 4. Huge value for such a wonderful tennis player.

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