French Open 2020: preview of the men’s final

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How to watch: 9 am Eastern on NBC; streaming on the NBC app.

Rafael Nadal, 12 times Roland Garros champion, has never lost a final at Roland Garros and has never been pushed beyond four sets. In this year’s tournament, Nadal has once again appeared fully dominant on his favorite red clay, and has yet to lose a set in any match.

Novak Djokovic, the seed and 17-time Grand Slam singles champion, is looking to win each of the four Grand Slam events for the second time.

It is important to bring up the last member of the tennis triumvirate, Roger Federer, who has not played at Roland Garros or the United States Open this year as he recovers from knee surgery . Federer holds 20 Grand Slam singles titles, and Nadal and Djokovic are on his heels. Nadal could secure his 20th major title on Sunday to equal this men’s record, while Djokovic could win his 18th.

Djokovic and Nadal are two generational talents whose styles of play have helped define modern play. Djokovic’s defensive style of play, characterized by sliding into defensive positions to recover more easily in the middle of the field, is emulated by many top pros looking to follow the Big Three.

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