Good afternoon and welcome to MSN Sport’s live coverage of the French Open men’s singles final between world number one Rafael Nadal and world number two Novak Djokovic.
There are talking points wherever you look at this one. For Rafael Nadal, he is seeking to extend his unprecedented success on clay with a ninth French Open title in ten attempts and in doing so becoming the first man to win five French Opens in a row. Meanwhile Novak Djokovic is looking to add the Roland Garros title to the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open crowns he has already racked up in his career.
Djokovic and Nadal have met 41 times, an open era record for head-to-head between two players, with Nadal leading 22-19 with the Spaniard also having knocked the Serb out at Roland Garros on no less than five occasions.
Add to that the fact the winner of this match will take the number one spot in the rankings and that these two played out an epic five setter on this venue 12 months ago, we could be in for a cracker.
Hello Michael, welcome along.
So, what are we thinking about today's match? Will Nadal's excellent run on clay continue, or could Djokovic become just the second man to defeat the Spaniard at Roland Garros?
Am hearing we should be clear weather-wise for around three hours before a scheduled thunderstorm at 5pm UK time.
So, let's take a look back at Rafa's route to the final. The Spaniard breezed through his first four matches against Robby Ginepri, Dominic Thiem, Leonardo Mayer and Dusan Lajovic without dropping a set. He then fell 1-0 behind against David Ferrer before coming through in four and then of course destroyed Andy Murray with the Scot failing to even manage a break point in the whitewash.
As for Djokovic, he similarly cruised past Joao Sousa and Jeremy Chardy in straight sets before a tougher test against Marin Cilic, winning 3-1 in round three. A comfortable win over home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga followed before another straight set success against eighth seed Milos Raonic. Then in the semis, Djokovic came through a fiery encounter against surprise package Ernests Gulbis.
Nearly time to get going. It's 27'C in Paris, packed crowd and Novak will serve first.
A decent early baseline rally eventually leads to Nadal firing a backhand wide.
GAME DJOKOVIC 0-1. It's a solid start from the world number two and that will settle any early nerves.
GAME NADAL 1-1. But it's an even more comfortable hold for Rafa who holds to love.
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Djokovic taking the initiative charging into the net and hitting a crushing forehand past Nadal.
GAME DJOKOVIC 1-2. A 21 shot rally in amongst that. Djokovic finding all the spots on the court perfectly at the moment and not letting Nadal hit too many forehands.
Nearly a superb crosscourt backhand from Djokovic with Nadal up at the net but it drops wide and Nadal takes the initiative.
GAME NADAL 2-2. A better challenge from Djokovic in that service game but Nadal still level up.
GAME DJOKOVIC 2-3. The Serb is certainly showing some class here. Nadal still not looking too like breaking and it's not a surprise with a brilliant forehand across the court to open up game point.
GAME NADAL 3-3. Still awaiting a first break of serve. I feel we are getting close, but for now these two big hitters are proving tough to separate.
First deuce of the match.
GAME DJOKOVIC 3-4. Djokovic continues to put the ball in brilliant areas of the court to ensure he dictates the rallies.
Chance? Djokovic 0-30 on the Nadal serve.
TWO break points Djokovic.
GAME DJOKOVIC 3-5. Fist pump from Djokovic as he bounces back from missing two break points to take his next chance. He now serves for the set.
Djokovic tries to catch Nadal out with a drop shot but he is equal to it and clips the ball back past Novak. 15-15.
A wild forehand from the baseline spirals long and it's deuce.
SET DJOKOVIC 3-6. Nadal slips on deuce to take allow Novak in for set point. Another powerful forehand out wide from the Serb is reached by Nadal but he can't keep it in and it's set Djokovic,
Djokovic has won eight of his last nine matches against World number 1 opposition stretching back to 2011.
GAME NADAL 1-0. A sniff of a break with the pair tied at 30-30 but the Spaniard sees it through to keep hold of the first game.
French crowd certainly getting behind Nadal, chants of "Rafa, Rafa" on Philippe Chatrier.