French Open Final: Novak Djokovic Seeks Career Grand Slam Against King of Clay Rafael Nadal

French Open Final: Novak Djokovic Seeks Career Grand Slam Against King of Clay Rafael Nadal

The 2014 Roland Garros French Open men’s semi-finals finished on Friday, and the world will see #1 Rafael Nadal face off against #2 Novak Djokovic in the finals. Nadal wants to win his ninth French Open title while Djokovic only needs a French Open victory to complete a career Grand Slam.

Djokovic defeated Ernests Gublis 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The scores are deceiving, though, because there were plenty of times Gublis was a problem for Djokovic. At one point during the match, Djokovic threw down his racket out of frustration. But he prevented Gulbis from breaking him and the first set was 2-2. Djokovic glided to a win with two break points and only eight unforced errors.

It was set three that showed how Gublis managed to beat Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych. He never allowed Djokovic a chance at a break point while he received one. Gublis forced Djokovic off his game and proved he is one the top tennis players need to keep an eye on in the future.

But in the fourth and final set, Djokovic regained his composure and easily won. Gublis committed 11 unforced errors, but managed to break Djokovic at least once. Yet, Djokovic won the last game at love and moved to the French Open Final.

Nadal completely rolled over Andy Murray, who played without any passion or life. The final was 6-3,6-2, 6-1 and the score says it all. Murray never broke Nadal and he did not even have an opportunity to receive a break point. Nadal managed to break Murray all six times he had the chance. The longest set was the first set at only 34 minutes. 

The final will be on Sunday and a rematch of the 2012 finals. Nadal and Djokovic met in the semi-finals in 2013 and that match was one of the most exciting in recent tennis history. 

Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova will play for the women’s title on Saturday.