It will surely be a blockbuster final between two greats of the game as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will compete against each other for the French Open title at Philippe-Chartier court on Sunday. Taking about their semifinal encounter against their respective opponents where Nadal had an easy straight-sets victory over Diego schwartzman whereas Djokovic overcame a tough challenge presented by Stefanos tsitsipas.
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It is certainly touted as the dream final by my Tennis experts as this will be third time when the two champions will play against each other in the French Open final. The intensity of the competition has already been built up by Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic who passed on a statement by playing mind game where he said that the current form Djokovic possess there is no chance for Nadal to lift the 13th French Open title.
“I’m counting on Novak – Nadal in the final, in which, in my opinion, Nadal has no chance in these conditions, on this clay and with Novak, who has got into his head,” Ivanisevic told HRT.
Further, the Croatian coach went ahead and called Djokovic the favourite for the title. “I went a little too far, but in my opinion, Novak is the number one favourite. He brought his body, his head, and preparation to perfection.”
He also stressed about Djokovic preparation and the hard work during entire French Open tournament title in detail.
“He prepares everything in detail, from tactics, technique, to nutrition, and he adheres to it. But he knows it makes him better, he wants to progress every day and it’s very interesting to work with him because he wants something better every day, at least 0.00001 per cent, but something has to be happening.”
However, Nadal commented few days before after winning his quarterfinal clash that this year French Open matches in cold conditions can certainly impact the mindset of the player who are not used to playing in these conditions. As the cooler conditions coupled with the heavier Wilson ball has made the clay-court slower and the bounce is also considerably lower.
Also Nadal has an upper hand over Djokovic when it comes to clay court as he leads over Djokovic by 17-7. It will not be easy for Djokovic too as he looked shaky in his quarterfinal and semifinal encounter as per the reports are to be believed he is struggling with few niggles and there is doubt about his fitness too that whether he will be able to deliver his 300 per cent in the upcoming class against Spaniard in the mega final scheduled on Sunday.