Sunday, June 10, 2012

History Will Be Made

While watching the French Open between Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic, I felt a sudden urge the write this down. Whatever the outcome, regardless who wins, history will be made.

If Rafa wins, he will be the owner of 7 French Open crowns, a brand new record. (Currently he is tied with Bjorn Borg with 6 titles each). If Novak wins, he will be the first player in the Open Era to hold all four majors since Rod Laver last achieved it in 1969.

So, can Novak pull it off? Well, I'm not even talking about Novak winning the French Open, not yet. My question is can he even beat Nadal in Paris?

They are meeting for the 33rd time, and playing the fourth straight Grand Slam final. Rafa leads 18-14 but has lost the last 3 Grand Slam finals. In fact, Nadal lost all seven times he play Djokovic last year. This year though, he's won the last 2 finals they played in Monte Carlo and Rome on his beloved red clay.

Djokovic saved four match points against Tsonga in the quarter finals and in the semis against Federer was 0-3 down in the second set, but broke Federer while Federer was serving for that set and won the set and match eventually.

Nadal hasn't lost a set so far in Paris this year and look most likely to wrenched back control of the rivalry, well at least on clay. Nadal's record here is currently an amazing 51-1, yes 51 victories and just 1 loss.

Either way, it's gonna be a history making match. No prizes for guessing I'll be rooting for Nadal.

Nadal leads 6-4, 5-3 and the match is temporarily suspended because of rain.....

*Picture by Mike Hewitt/ Getty Images

1 comment:

  1. The rain stoppage was definitely a factor. Djokovic is always a slow starter against Nadal and just when he started to turn it around by winning the third set and leading in the fourth, the rain came. Then it was a new beginning and it was predictable. I can understand why he was frustrated but he needs to start stronger against good players.