The final showdown of 2014 Roland Garros is the one that almost everyone expected and personally, the one I wanted to see. The top two players in the world, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will meet for the third time this year and for the 42nd time in their career. Nadal goes in as the marginal favourite; the Spaniard has sailed through the draw, losing just one set to David Ferrer in the quarter-finals. Nadal cruised past Andy Murray in the semi-finals, 6-3 6-2 6-1. Djokovic has lost one more set this tournament than Nadal, but he’s looked very comfortable and there has been an inevitable feeling that no-one would be able to stop a Djokovic v Nadal final. Djokovic defeated Ernests Gulbis in the semi-finals, 6-3 6-3 3-6 6-3.
I am looking forward to this final immensely, there isn’t a great deal though that I haven’t already said before about the Nadal v Djokovic match-up. The Serb has won their last four matches including a three set win in the final of Rome. Nadal though, has won their last three Grand Slam encounters. At Roland Garros last year, Djokovic had the upper hand in the deciding set of their epic semi-final. He led *4-3, but when approaching the net for a routine smash, he touched it, lost the point and soon the game. It was a pivotal moment that saw the match turn around in Nadal’s favour.
I’ve felt during this entire clay court season that Djokovic is going to win Roland Garros and the Career Slam. My view hasn’t changed. This is a huge, huge, huge match for Djokovic. He has the edge over Nadal in their recent matches, but of course, Rafa’s record at Roland Garros doesn’t need to be repeated. If Novak were to lose this match, I think his confidence would take a huge pounding. However I think he has what it takes to hand Nadal only his second loss at Roland Garros. I’m expecting this final to extend well into the evening…
Prediction: Djokovic d. Nadal in 5 sets
Previews for Birmingham and Queens coming soon 🙂