Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic LIVE: French Open final updates as duo eye history | Tennis | Sport


14:03: The players are out on court. Around 1,000 spectators are on court to give the two players a huge reception.

13:58: A quick reminder that Nadal is 99-2 at the French Open. What a day it would be if he hit a century. For Djokovic he is trying to become first man in the Open Era to win all four Grand Slams twice.

13:55: The French Open organisers have decided to close the roof on Philippe Chatrier with rain forecast later in the day

13:45: Nadal has reached the final without dropping a set so far despite the tricky conditions. In contrast, Djokovic needed five sets to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals on Friday.

13:35: It is the showdown the tennis world has been waiting for since the start of the tournament. The 12-time champion vs the world No 1. The King of Clay vs the impenetrable wall. 

13:30: Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the French Open men’s singles final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.


Ahead of the final, former world number four Tim Henman has hailed Rafa Nadals’ “phenomenal” record at Roland-Garros.

He said: “I’m sure Rafa learnt a lot from that match in Rome. Even though he has a fantastic record against Schwartzman he made a lot of adjustments today, stamped his authority on the first two sets.

“The third set did get a bit close, but when you have got that platform of a two sets to love lead it does make things a lot easier.

“His record at Roland-Garros is a joke, it is absolutely phenomenal. You look at his history, he’s got his 99th win, how he maintains the level of form, avoids injuries, and back in the 13th final without dropping a set is incredible.”

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