Roland Garros Men’s Final Preview
06/06/2014

When Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal enter Court Philippe Chatrier to settle the Roland Garros championship on Sunday, their 42nd meeting will be laden with historical significance.

For the second time, the World No. 1 mantle will hinge on the victor of a major final. In July 2011, the Serb ascended to the top position in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time after defeating his Spanish counterpart for the Wimbledon title. He will be looking to wrestle the top spot from Nadal once again, reclaiming the throne that he had previously held for 101 weeks, including a pair of year-end No. 1 finishes in 2011 and 2012.

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Should Nadal win his ninth Roland Garros crown, however, the top seed will retain the No. 1 ranking, extending his current 35-week reign (138 weeks overall) since advancing to the China Open final late last year. The three-time year-end World No. 1 (2008, ‘10, ‘13) is in his third stint as the top dog in men’s tennis.

WEEKS AT NO. 1 IN EMIRATES ATP RANKINGS

 

Player
Total Weeks
302
286
270
268
John McEnroe
170
138
109
101
101
80

 

Djokovic, who carries a four-match win streak over Nadal into the final, is seeking to complete his Grand Slam trophy collection with a Roland Garros title that has long eluded him. The Serb would join an elite and quite exclusive ‘Career Slam’ club that includes five members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, as well as Nadal and Roger Federer.

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