WATCH LIVE: French Open men’s final: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are extending the most productive rivalry in men's tennis in Sunday's French Open final, live on NBC Sports, with more history than ever.
Djokovic, the top seed, is the runaway 37-1 in 2020 when he fell behind at the US Open for hitting a ball in anger after a losing point accidentally hit a linesman in the throat.
The 33-year-old Serb has 17 Grand Slam singles titles, three behind Roger Federer's male record and two behind Nadal.
The 34-year-old Nadal is aiming for a record 13th French Open title and binds Federer for the first time since zero titles in slams.
WATCH LIVE: French Open Men's Finals, 9:00 a.m. ET - STREAM LINK
Djokovic and Nadal are playing for the 56th time (more meetings than super bowls), already the most matchups between two male players in the Open Era. Djokovic leads the series 29-26.
It's the ninth time they have played in a Grand Slam final after dividing the previous eight evenly. Djokovic won three of his last four games overall, but Nadal took the last three on clay from 2017.
At Roland Garros this year, Nadal did not drop a set. And while Djokovic appeared to have a shoulder or neck injury in the quarter-finals and was then pushed to five sets in the semifinals, Nadal believed his level from the first six rounds on Sunday would not be enough.
"I know I have to take a step forward," said Nadal after beating Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in the semi-finals on Friday. “I think I did one today. But that's not enough for Sunday. I have to do another one. "
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