Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will contest their ninth grand slam final at the French Open on Sunday. The pair have split their previous eight major finals, winning four each. Should Nadal win a 13th Roland Garros title he will draw level with Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam crowns, while Djokovic will edge closer to his great rivals on 18 if he triumphs.
“I know that is a court that I have been playing well for such a long time, so that helps,” Nadal said.
“But at the same time he (Djokovic) has an amazing record here, too, being in the final rounds almost every single time.
“He is one of the toughest opponents possible. But I am here to keep trying my best.
“I like to play in this scenario. I know I have to make a step forward.”
Nadal has beaten Djokovic in six of their seven clashes at Roland Garros, including the 2012 and 2014 finals.
The Serbian, though, feels the conditions this time around will give him an opportuity to get the better of his rival.
“Obviously the conditions are different than the ones that we are used to playing in May and June,” Djokovic told reporters.
“I think that could be a better chance for me, obviously the ball not bouncing as high over the shoulder as he likes it usually.
“I mean, look, regardless of the conditions, he’s still there, he’s Rafa, he’s in the finals, we’re playing on clay.”
In the women’s event, Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin will face Polish teenager Iga Swiatek.
Kenin said: “She’s playing really well. She got to the final. She’s had some great wins.
“I’m sure she has a lot of confidence and is super excited for the final. I’m hoping that, with my experience from Melbourne, it will help me for Saturday’s final.”
Trophies aren’t the only thing the competitors will be playing for in the French Open finals, with huge amounts of prize money also involved.
The men’s and women’s champions will each earn €1.6m (£1.45m) for their victories, while the runners-up will take home €800,000 (£739,645).
The full prize money break down for the 2020 French Open can be found below.
French Open 2020 prize money
Men’s and Women’s Singles
Round 4: €189,000
Round 3: €126,000
Round 2: €84,000
Round 1: €60,000
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