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2014 Roland Garros Day 13

Nadal, Djokovic Set Blockbuster French Open Men's Final for World No.1 Ranking

Djokovic reaches wide for a shot against Gulbis. Photo rolandgarros.com FFT

atpworldtour.com: June 6 2014 Paris France –World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will play No. 2-ranked Novak Djokovic in a winner takes-all clash on Sunday at Roland Garros.

 

Nadal needs to capture his ninth title on Parisian clay if he is to remain at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He would be the first player in tennis history to lift five straight Roland Garros crowns.

 

But should Djokovic triumph for the first time he would become the eighth man to complete a career Grand Slam and rise to the summit of men’s professional tennis for the first time since 6 October 2013. 

 

Second seed and 2012 runner-up Djokovic advanced to his 13th Grand Slam championship final on a sun-kissed Friday in Paris, with a 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over No. 18 seed Ernests Gulbis in two hours and 36 minutes.

 

In the second semi-final Rafael Nadal defeated Andy Murray 6-3 6-2 6-1 in one hour and 40 minutes to reach his record ninth Roland Garros final. Nadal beat Murray 7-5 in the third set in the quarter-finals at  the Internazionali BNL d’Italia last month.

 

On Friday, Nadal didn’t let up after storming through the first set in 34 minutes then never looked back taking the second and third set in just a little over an hour to improve his French Open record to 65-1. Nadal’s lone defeat in Roland Garros was against Sweden’s Robin Soderling. Nadal will aim for his 14th Grand Slam crown.

French Open Men’s Singles Semi-finals Friday Jun 6

2-Novak Djokovic beat 18-Ernests Gulbis 6-3 6-3 3-6 6-3 match stats

1-Rafael Nadal vs 7-Andy Murray 6-3 6-2 6-1 match stats

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