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The French Open men's final will feature tennis' two top players as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal meet for the fourth consecutive time in a Grand Slam final. Nadal will be hoping to win this one on his best surface after dropping the past three meetings.
Both men will be chasing history Sunday. Djokovic could become the first man in over 40 years to hold all four Grand Slam titles, while Nadal will attempt to win a record seventh French Open title. Which titan of tennis will take home the title?
Will either player dominate?
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal's last Grand Slam meeting was in the final at this year's Australian Open. The match lasted 5 hours 53 minutes and was the longest men's Grand Slam final.
Rafael Nadal is 50-1 at the French Open, but he's lost three major finals in a row to Novak Djokovic. Losing to Djokovic on Nadal's best surface would be a serious setback for the Spaniard.
Novak Djokovic is attempting to become the third man to complete a non-calendar year Grand Slam. Only two men -- Don Budge and Rod Laver -- have held all four titles at the same time.
Novak Djokovic is the only man to win three or more Grand Slam matches against Nadal. Only five men have won more than one major matches against Nadal.
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Rafael Nadal has only won titles on clay so far this year, but would be tied for most titles with Roger Federer at four if Nadal wins at Roland Garros.
The French Open Men's Final will feature tennis' two top players as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal meet for the fourth consecutive time in a Grand Slam final. Both men will be chasing a bit of history when they meet on Sunday, with Djokovic looking to become the first man in over 40 years to hold all four Grand Slam titles, while Nadal will attempt to win a record seventh French Open title. Which titan of tennis will take home the title?
Is this the real rivalry?
The Australian Open final will be the eighth Grand Slam in a row won by either Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal. It's the third final in a row that will pit them against each other.
Are we in a golden age of tennis?
Either Djokovic, Nadal or Roger Federer won 26 of the past 27 Grand Slam titles (the lone outlier being Juan Martin del Potro in the 2009 U.S. Open).
Does No. 1 have something to prove?
Djokovic had a year for the ages in 2011, winning three Grand Slam titles, but do you need to see a strong start to 2012 to believe he's the best?
Novak Djokovic is clearly the best tennis player in the world this season, but is he better than John McEnroe, Rod Laver or a younger version of Roger Federer? Djokovic's U.S. Open win was his third Grand Slam title this season and improved his 2011 record to 64-2 in all matches. McEnroe was 82-3 with two Slams in 1984. Federer was 81-4 with two Slams in 2005. And Laver won all four Slam titles in 1962 and 1969.
In the midst of making history?
Novak Djokovic isn't done yet in 2011, but with the calendar's final Slam in the books, is he in position for the greatest season ever?
A trend or an aberration?
Djokovic clearly has bragging rights for 2011, but will Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer take back the throne in 2012?
Do wins equal popularity?
Djokovic went through Federer and Nadal in the U.S. Open, but do the two losers in the Big Apple still win the rivalry debate?
Novak Djokovic or Rory McIlroy?
Rory McIlroy won one major title to Djokovic's three this season (not to mention the one Djokovic already had). But given golf longevity, who will come out ahead in the long run?
Last year marked the first time since 2003 that Roger Federer wasn't a part of the final match at the U.S. Open. Was that the beginning of a trend, or a one-year break from normalcy? With Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both nursing ailments, could the last chance be the best chance for Federer to continue his streak of years with at least one Grand Slam win? SN: Rank men's contenders
Will Novak Djokovic shrug off shoulder?
Novak Djokovic has lost just twice this season, but one came when he retired in the final in Cincinnati in his last Open tuneup, citing a right shoulder injury.
Roger Federer or Andy Murray?
Roger Federer recently turned 30, and tennis players rarely win Slams past that point. Then again, at least in recent times, neither do Brits like Andy Murray, who is still looking for a first Slam.
What about Andy Roddick?
Djokovic is ailing, Rafael Nadal has blisters on his feet and burned fingers, and Federer is old. Do we hear a door opening for No. 21 Andy Roddick?
What's the perfect match?
Djokovic is ranked No. 1, won the Australian Open and Wimbledon and has generally owned 2011. But is he the player you want to see in a marquee match?
It's a bad year to be a Russian woman or a man named Andy at the U.S. Open. Unfortunately, since Andy Murray's surprising fourth-round loss eliminated the last of either category, that maxim doesn't offer much insight on what's to come in the Big Apple. Luckily, SportsNation bloggers like bball4life578 are here to assist with predictions.
"The Cinderella story continued for the US teenage sensation in Oudin as she took out Nadia Petrova after in 3 sets after a horrible first set. Wozniacki did the same against Svetlana Kuznetsova the other night, so something's got to give. Watching Wozniacki, her second serve is very weak and she'll have to go against a crowd which will be 100 percent behind Oudin as well as a feisty opponent in Oudin. Count me in as a believer in Oudin. I think her Cinderella story continues into the finals." -- Read the full post.
Oudin's match is Wedneday's headliner, but it's not the only Open story. Rafael Nadal lost the first set of his fourth-round match but survived (with a fist pump that has Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle wondering if you think he's surpassed Tiger Woods on at least that count -- watch it here). And after fans in the stands backed Kim Clijsters against Venus Williams, will the comeback mom be the crowd favorite against Serena Williams?
Kim Clijsters is BACK and she WILL BE THE 2009 OPEN CHAMP (hopefully against Oudin)..I would love to see Melanie win it all though, but I am not keeping my hopes up on her yet.. But Kim will beat Serena and take it all.” -- 49erlakeshow
Oudin has the potential to make it to the final, but the winner will be either Serena or Kim.” -- fx772k1
Mixing athletes and television analysts isn't always a great idea. Just ask Tim McCarver and Deion Sanders. But occasionally breaking down the wall between words and actions can be downright entertaining.
Monday night, after dispatching Radek Stepanek with ease at the U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic challenged John McEnroe, calling the match from the booth, to come down and take some non-verbal shots on the court. Never one to shrink from a challenge, McEnroe jogged out and as the video above shows, held his own in the light-hearted rally.
Light-hearted might not be quite the phrase anyone would use to describe Skip Bayless, but he took his place opposite an athlete Tuesday morning, when Chad Ochocinco appeared on First Take. From Ochocinco disagreeing with Bayless that he's a better receiver than Terrell Owens to defending his kicking skills, it was, well, interesting.