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Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball during the semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Latvia's Ernests Gulbis at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Friday, June 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Tennis: Nadal and Djokovic to meet in French Open final
Tennis » Win would give Spaniard 14th Grand Slam title.
First Published Jun 06 2014 10:32 am • Last Updated Jun 06 2014 11:46 pm

Paris • Rafael Nadal is going for No. 9 at the French Open, and the only man who can stop him is Novak Djokovic.

Nadal is already a record eight-time champion with a lifetime 65-1 record at Roland Garros. One more victory on the red clay will make him the first man to win five in a row and give him his 14th Grand Slam title — tied in second place with Pete Sampras.

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French Open

Saturday, 7 a.m.

TV » Ch. 5

Friday’s results

At Stade Roland Garros, Paris

Purse » $34.12 million (Grand Slam)

Surface » Clay-Outdoor

MEN’S Semifinals

Rafael Nadal (1), Spain, def. Andy Murray (7), Britain, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. Novak Djokovic (2), Serbia, def. Ernests Gulbis (18), Latvia, 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

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The top-seeded Spaniard reached the final by beating Wimbledon champion Andy Murray 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 Friday on Court Philippe Chatrier, the stadium Nadal calls his favorite place to play. Djokovic defeated Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the first semifinal.

Nadal has beaten Djokovic at the French Open in all five of their meetings, starting with a quarterfinal victory in 2006. They also met in the semifinals in 2007, ’08 and ’13, and in the final in 2012.

The second-seeded Djokovic, however, has beaten Nadal the last four times they have played, including on clay in the final in Rome last month.

"I’m going to try to be aggressive, because that is the only way I can win against him," Djokovic said. "I know that, of course, this is the court he’s most dominant on. He has only lost one time in his career. This is where he plays his best."

The winner on Sunday will also be ranked No. 1 on Monday. Nadal is currently at the top, but needs to extend his French Open winning streak to 35 matches to stay there.

He certainly played like the No. 1 on Friday.

Nadal jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set, then broke early again in the second and third sets. The Spaniard had six break points in the entire match, and converted each one.

Murray, meanwhile, couldn’t even manage to earn a single break point.


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Besides his eight titles at the French Open, Nadal has also won twice at Wimbledon, twice at the U.S. Open and once at the Australian Open. Sampras won 14 major titles in his career, but never the French Open. The record holder is Roger Federer with 17 Grand Slam titles. He won his 14th in Paris in 2009, the only French Open in which Nadal lost a match.



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