The king defends throne

Rafa Nadal seeks this Sunday, against Djokovic, the 100th victory and the 13th title at Roland Garros to tie at 20 Grand Slams with Federer.


This Sunday in Paris is the mother of all tennis battles. A magnificent show to liven up lunchtime (3pm, DMAX and Eurosport), the 56th duel between Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal in the Roland Garros final. World number one against two. The Serbian, to the assault of the Spanish throne, who will defend it tooth and nail in what many describe as his home, on the Philippe Chatrier, the track where he has lifted the champion trophy 12 times, more than anyone else in history .

His universal 'Vamos' will resonate again on a stage that will only be able to accommodate 1,000 spectators this year due to the health protocols of the COVID-19 pandemic, the disease that, among many other and much worse things, moved the tournament from the spring to autumn, from warm to cold. This afternoon about 14 degrees are expected in the French capital, with clouds and clearings, a 5% probability of rain and even some sun. Factors that help Nadal, because it is very unlikely that the retractable cover of the plant will be used.

In these favorable conditions, the Balearic Islands will seek the 100th victory in Paris, which would give him the 13th title in his favorite championship and the 20th in the overall Grand Slams, with which he would equal the absolute male record that Roger Federer maintains by the hair, that he has not been able to defend him either at the US Open or at Roland Garros. The Mallorcan would be the fifth tennis player, man or woman, to reach 20 trophies in majors after Margaret Court (24), Serena Williams (23), Steffi Graf (22) and the Swiss. Djokovic is chasing the second in the Bologna Forest to be the third player in history to win the Big Four at least twice. "To beat Djokovic I have to do my best, work for that to happen," Nadal said after beating Schwartzman in the semifinals.

"He has won so many times here that I don't think there is any champion who can repeat him. But this year the conditions are different than those of May-June, that may give me an option to win", confides Djokovic, who explains a key aspect of Game that can come in handy: "The pot won't go over the shoulder as usual." And that way you can attack with your backhand more comfortably. The manacorí will seek that this boat is not so low. They both say they have a plan. This Sunday they will try to put it into practice and entertain a world that suffers.

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