Today is a special day for tennis: however it goes, between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the final of Roland Garros 2020, Roger Federer's Slam record is ready to be equaled or approached further. Rafael Nadal reached the final without losing a single set, finding two more uncomfortable opponents in the quarter-finals and in the semifinals, Jannik Sinner and Diego Schwartzman, but liquidating them in straight sets.
Djokovic had a few more problems, especially against Pablo Carreno-Busta and, above all, against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals. But the final will be something else. The absence of the crowd will help Novak Djokovic, who will save himself from seeing the thousand present on Philippe Chatrier probably all on the Rafa's side.
The energies, emotions, the importance of the moment and the great experience of the two will be the basis of what everyone hopes is an epic match. A final battle: the athlete and the car, with Roger Federer who will surely be the most interested spectator of all.
Federer's record trembles with Nadal and Djokovic!
Prediction of this match is in some ways quite simple, if we have to think with cold numbers. Nadal has won 12 of 12 finals in Paris, is more rested than Djokovic and, in the head-to-head in Bois de Boulogne against the Serb leads 6-1.
But the reality is different. Today Nole will have the same chances of victory as Nadal. Both are at the peak of an extraordinary career, which can continue for a few more years. It will be the details and luck (you also need that in a match like this) to decide the winner.
In the head-to-head Djokovic leads 29-26: the 56th clash between the two titans will be perhaps the most important moment of their intense rivalry. Nole leads the head-to-head of finalis, while on Grand Slam they are on 4-4.
On clay-courts Rafa leads 17-7. The only time Djokovic was able to beat the Spaniard in Paris was in 2015, one of the Mallorcan's worst seasons. Of the last 10 matches played, the Serb has won 7 (but just one on clayc-ourts), Nadal 3, all of them on clay-courts.
The desire to win, the desire to be the best in history, the desire to become immortal, perpetual legends of sport, which will be celebrated even in two hundred years. Today these will be the reasons. Djokovic, a man against always for many fans of Federer and Nadal, wants the recognition of his career on the same level as the Spanish and the Swiss.
Rafa says he doesn't think about Federer's record (and who believes it!) but the reality is the simplest: one wants to be better than the other, the best of all. And what better city than Paris to dream? Roland Garros 2020: men's final preview Rafael Nadal 50% Novak Djokovic 50%