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Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal: Career Stats, Prediction for 2020 Men’s Final | Bleacher Report

Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in the semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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Nobody is more dominant at Roland Garros than Rafael Nadal. He’s won 12 French Open championships, four more than anybody else. And at 34, the Spaniard isn’t slowing down, having won the tournament each of the previous three years.

On Sunday, Nadal could potentially make it four in a row and win his 20th career Grand Slam title. But it’s never an easy task when he has to take on Novak Djokovic.

It’s not much of a surprise that Djokovic and Nadal, the top two seeds in the tournament, are in the men’s singles final at the French Open, which is set to take place at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday on NBC. Djokovic has 17 career Grand Slam titles and is always a contender at major tournaments, even though he only has one French Open victory (2016).

But that’s mainly because of Nadal’s dominance at the tournament. He’s won the French Open eight of the past 10 years and has a 99-2 career record at Roland Garros, per ATPTour.com. His only two losses came in the fourth round in 2009 to Robin Soderling and the quarterfinals in 2015 against Djokovic, whose 74 career wins at Roland Garros rank second behind Nadal.

When Djokovic won the French Open in 2016, Nadal withdrew from the tournament prior to his third-round match due to a wrist injury.

Djokovic leads the all-time series against Nadal 29-26, which includes victories in 10 of their past 13 meetings. They’ve only played each other once in 2020, a match that Djokovic won 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) at the ATP Cup on Jan. 12. And although Djokovic won their last meeting at Roland Garros in 2015, Nadal won the six previous French Open matchups between the two.

Djokovic may be one of only two men to own a Roland Garros victory against Nadal, but they’ve never played this late in the tournament. And when the French Open reaches this point, Nadal has been unbeatable. He’s 13-0 in semifinal matchups (after beating Diego Schwartzman on Friday) and 12-0 in the finals. The ATP Tour also broke down Nadal’s dominance in a recent tweet:

Djokovic should give Nadal a competitive match, but don’t expect Nadal’s Roland Garros dominance to come to an end. The prediction here is that Nadal claims the French Open title and moves into a tie with Roger Federer for the most all-time Grand Slam championships with 20.

While Nadal has breezed through this year’s tournament without losing a set, Djokovic has been tested. In the semifinals, Djokovic held on for a 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas. And the 33-year-old Serb needs to

Steve Kerr gives a bold Draymond Green broadcasting career prediction

Kerr gives bold prediction for Draymond’s broadcasting career originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Draymond Green isn’t retiring from the NBA any time soon. But when the Warriors star decides to move on to the next chapter of his life, the expectation is that he’ll be a star TV analyst.

“He’s a natural. Whenever he wants, he’ll be a network analyst, and he’ll do it for as long as he wants,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said this week on the “Jemele Hill is Unbothered” podcast. “He’s just really good.

“He knows the game. He’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever been around, and he can talk. So, pretty good combination.”

When Hill said Draymond is the first player she believes can be better on TV than Charles Barkley is, Kerr continued with the praise.

“He’s got it, right? He’s just got it,” Kerr said. “Charles, as great of a player as he was — and he was one of the all-time greats — he’s arguably a better broadcaster than a player.

“And Draymond — Defensive Player of the Year, multiple-time champion, All-Star — he has a chance to be a better broadcaster than player. And that’s really saying something.

“That combination of game awareness, wit and presence — it’s very rare.”

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Draymond said last week that he tries to emulate a certain NFL analyst when he makes guest appearances on TNT.

“Similar to Tony Romo, I want to give the world insight on what is actually going on out there on the court, as opposed to people thinking they know what’s going on,” he told Marc Stein of The New York Times.

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But for now, the Warriors just want to see the 30-year-old bounce back from a frustrating 2019-20 campaign and become an All-Star again. If that happens, Golden State should be a title contender.

“It’s honestly been dope as hell these last two All-Stars to go on vacation with my kids and my fiancée,” Draymond said back in April. “But I got that itch again. I got to three straight, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, all right. I knew I could do it.’

“I kind of lost that itch. … I got that itch again. I want to get back there.”

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