French Open Final: Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray (2pm, Sunday)

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The top two seeds meet in the final of the French Open to battle for a title that neither has won previously and that neither will probably have a better chance of winning again.

For Djokovic, this will be his third consecutive French Open final and his fourth in five years.  He’s lost all three previous finals in four sets, the first two to Rafael Nadal and last year to Stan Wawrinka.  Murray is in unchartered territory, with his previous best having been three semi-final appearances.

The draw has panned out quite nicely for Djokovic and he hasn’t had to face any serious threat until now, having dropped just one set (the opening set to the Spaniard Roberto Bauista Agut in the last 16) en route to the final.  Other than that, Djokovic hasn’t even been taken to a tie-break.

Murray’s route to the final has been more complicated, with him having been taken to five sets by Radek Stepanek and Mathias Bourgue in each of the opening two rounds and having dropped a set to Richard Gasquet and Wawrinka in the quarter and semi-final respectively.  That said, Murray’s dismissal of defending champion Wawrinka in the semi-final was probably his most impressive performance of the tournament to date.

Djokovic is well clear on the head-to-head record, with 23 wins to Murray’s 10.  However, Murray did win last time out when he defeated the Serbian in two straight sets to win the Rome Masters on clay.  That came just after Djokovic had beaten Murray in three sets to win the Madrid Masters and ended a run of just one victory in 13 matches for the Scot against the world number one.

Their one previous meeting at Roland Garros was at the semi-final stage last year, when Djokovic eventually came through in five sets.  It could easily be a similarly lengthy match on Sunday.

Murray does appear to have closed the gap a tad on Djokovic of late, but the Serb’s incredible endurance and easier run to the final should see him secure a first title at Roland Garros.  It could be tight, but Murray has been prone to apparent lapses in concentration throughout this year’s tournament and Djokovic will exploit those far more ruthlessly than previous opponents.

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