Countrymen Face Off in French Open Final

  • The Arena
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • June 7, 2013, 2:45 PM

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If you saw today's French Open match between top-ranked Novak Djokovic and number-three Rafael Nadal, you might have thought you were watching the men's singles finals, not a semi-final round draw. It was a nearly five-hour slugfest that will go down as one of the great matches in tennis history. Djokovic and Nadal swapped sets and crushing serves, they traded great shots and even threw in some trickery. (Nadal extended a game by tracking a Djokovic shot all the way to the baseline before hitting it behind his legs, with his back to the net. The shot dropped in to the other side of the court where Djokovic hit it into the net.)

In the end, Nadal came out the victor, but his prize was one more round of tennis.

Rafa will face fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the French Open men's singles final on Sunday morning. Ferrer defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to earn his spot in the championship round. Ferrer's path was a lot easier compared to Nadal's. He defeated Tsonga in three sets, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

Ferrer will try to win his first French Open title in his first time in the final round. Nadal is going for his eighth French Open championship and fourth-straight title. He previously won in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Nadal has been a beast in the French Open. His record on the clay court at Roland Garros is 58-1.

Do you think Nadal will repeat at French Open champ? Or will Ferrer stun the world to claim his first Grand Slam title?

Photos: (left) Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, (right) Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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