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Djokovic/Nadal Final Preview: Tale Of The Tape

Paris, France

Nadal, Djokovic© Getty ImagesNadal has defeated Djokovic in their past two clay-court meetings this season.

On Sunday, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Rafael Nadal will each look to etch themselves into tennis history when they battle it out for the Roland Garros title.

Djokovic is aiming to become just the second men’s player in the Open Era to win four consecutive Grand Slam titles, while Nadal is bidding to break Bjorn Borg’s Open Era record of six titles on the red clay in Paris. They are meeting for the fourth straight major final, with Djokovic winning all three of the previous clashes.

The two have advanced to the final in completely different fashion. Djokovic has won two five-set encounters, having overcome a two-set deficit to Andreas Seppi in the fourth round and saving four match points against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals. He’s been broken 16 times and has expended 16 hours and 34 minutes on the court.

In contrast, Nadal has been lights out on serve, broken just once in his opening-round match against Simone Bolelli. Through six matches, the Spaniard has only dropped 35 games, taking just 12 hours and 22 minutes to reach the title match for the seventh time.

Here's how Djokovic and Nadal compare statistically through the 2012 Roland Garros semi-finals:  

Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal
Aces 32 15
Double Faults 7 7
1st Serve % 67% 63%
1st Serve Points Won 73% 80%
2nd Serve Points Won 59% 61%
Broken 16 times 1 time
Break Points Saved 20/36 18/19
Service Games Held 91/107 71/72
Fastest Serve 128 MPH 128 MPH
1st Return Points Won 41% 43%
2nd Return Points Won 54% 63%
Breaks Of Serve 39 37
Break Points 85 60
Percentage Converted 46% 62%
Return Games Played 103 71
Return Games Won Percentage 38% 52%
Forehand Winners 97 96
Forehand Unforced Errors 106 56
Backhand Winners 52 22
Backhand Unforced Errors 95 30
All Winners 230 162
All Unforced Errors 209 96
Net Points Played 153 76
Net Points Won 67% 82%
Baseline Points Won 55% 60%
Games Lost 81 35
Sets Lost 4 0
Time On Court 16 hours, 34 minutes 12 hours, 22 minutes

Read Novak & Rafa: The Rivalry

Charts courtesy of IBM/Leo Levin, I.D.S. 

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