French Open 2014, men`s singles final: Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic - As it happened...
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French Open 2014, men's singles final: Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic - As it happened...

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French Open 2014, men`s singles final: Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/ Suyash Srivastava

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal extended his dominance at the Roland Garros as he defeated second-seeded Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in the French Open men's singles final on Sunday.

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FOURTH SET: Nadal won it 6-4

Djokovic to serve to stay in the match. Good serve to start with from Nole, Rafa's return is short, 15-0. Rafa's backhand once again goes long, 30-0. Djokovic's down the line forehand went wide, 30-15. Djokovic advanced to the nets and Nadal hit a cracking backhand winner past him, 30-30. Djokovic's cross-court forehand went long, 30-40, Match Point For Nadal! And Djokovic once again double-faults! Nadal has won his 5th consecutive French Open title!

FOURTH SET: Nadal leads 5-4

Nadal to serve. Superb rally to start with, Nadal lost it by hitting one wide, 0-15. Nadal won the next point with a cross-court forehand winner, 15-15. Nadal hit another superb down the line forehand winner, 30-15. Another good rally between the two, Rafa's backhand once again hit the nets, 30-30. Nadal won the next point as he made Nole run to his right and he hit it into the nets, 40-30. Nadal's forehand went wide, 40-40, deuce! Nadal took the advantage with some aggressive play once again, hit a forehand winner from the nets. Djokovis' return of serve went long and Nadal finally held onto the serve.

FOURTH SET: Scores level 4-4

Djokovic to serve. He won the first point, 15-0. Nole charged down off the second point and hit a good backhand winner, 30-0. Djokovic's forehand went long, 30-15. Another top forehand from Djokovic, 40-15. Djokovic sealed the game with another good serve as Rafa's return found the nets.

FOURTH SET: Nadal leads 4-3

Nadal to serve. Nole won the first point, 0-15. Djokovic's cross-court backhand went wide, 15-15. Double-fault from Nadal, 15-30. Nole won another point as Rafa's shot hit the nets, 15-40, two break points for Djokovic! Nadal saved the first one as Djokovic's return of serve landed wide, 30-40. One more break point remaining for Djokovic. Djokovic finally broke Nadal's serve, he delivered a powerful cross-court backhand and Nadal's return landed wide!

FOURTH SET: Djokovic trails 2-4

Djokovic to serve. He started off with an ace, 15-0. Djokovic played a very loose backhand, hit it wide, 15-15. Good serve from Djokovic, Nadal's return crashed into the nets, 30-15. Djokovic once again made an error and hit a forehand wide, two many unforced errors from Djokovic now, 30-30. Djokovic won the next point, 40-30. Nadal brought the game to deuce as unleashed another cross-court forehand winner, 40-40, deuce! Djokovic won the next point to take the advantage. Djokovic missed out on another oportunity, this time at the nets where he hit a volley long, 40-40, deuce again! Djokovic's cross-court backhand once again crashed into the nets as Nadal took the advantage. Djokovic once again hit a cross-court backhand wide and Nadal has yet again broken Djokovic's serve!

FOURTH SET: Nadal leads 3-2

Nadal to serve. Novak missed out on an opportunity and Rafa won the first point, 15-0. Rafa extended his lead with another forehand winner, 30-0. Nadal served good and Djokovic's return was short, 40-0. Djokovic's return of serve went long, Nadal held to an easy serve.

FOURTH SET: Scores level 2-2

Djokovic to serve. Nadal won the first point with a down the line winner, 0-15. Djokovic won the second point with a forehand winner from the nets, 15-15. Nadal won the second point of the game as Djokovic's shot hit the nets, 15-30. Djokovic won the next point as Rafa's forehand hit the nets, 30-30. Nole took the lead as Rafa hit one long, 40-30, game point. Rafa played some superb strokes and went for his forehand, the court was empty but he hit it long, Djokovic held to his serve!

FOURTH SET: Nadal leads 2-1

Nadal to serve. Djokovic won the first point as he made Nadal to run and the Spaniard ended up hitting one into the nets, 0-15. Nadal won the next point as Djokovic's shot backhand went long, 15-15. Nadal's forehand went long, 15-30. Djokovic's forehand hit the nets, 30-30. Djokovic's return of serve went long, 40-30. Nadal won the game as Djokovic's return of serve went long, game Nadal!

FOURTH SET: Scores level 1-1

Djokovic to serve. He won the first point, 15-0. Nadal replied back with a cross-court two-handed backhand winner, 15-15. Djokovic hits a backhand winner, 30-15. Djokovic fired a forehand winner, 40-15, two game points. Djokovic won the game with an ace.

FOURTH SET: Nadal leads 1-0

Nadal to serve. Nadal is cruising here, wins the first game in straight sets!


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THIRD SET: Nadal won it 6-2

Djokovic to serve to stay in the set. He won the first point, 15-0. Once again, Nadal played a drop shot, Nole went for it and it for a winner, 30-0. Nadal played two powerful backhands and then delivered a volley winner, 30-15. Djoker extended his lead in the game with an ace, 40-15. Nadal won the next point as Djokovic's backhand hit the nets, 40-30. Once again, Djokovic hit a backhand long, 40-40, deuce! Nadal took the advantage with superb control at the nets and hit a winner, Nadal has a set point! Djokovic's forehand went long and Nadal has now taken a two-set lead!

THIRD SET: Nadal leads 5-2

Nadal to serve. He won the first two points, 30-0. Djokovic won the third point, 30-15. Rafa won another point, 40-15. Good return of serve from Djokovic, 40-30. Djokovic won the next point as Rafa's cross-court forehand went wide, 40-40, deuce! Djokovic once again missed out on a scoring opportunity, his cross-court backhand hit the nets, advantage Nadal! Djokovic once again played a drop shot, Rafa's return went wide and we are back to deuce, 40-40. Nadal took the advantage with another superb forehand winner! Djokovic delivered some superb forehands and finally managed to win the point, 40-40, deuce again! Nadal once again took the advantage as Djokovic's shot went long. Djokovic showed some aggression and won a point through a backhand winner from the nets, 40-40, deuce again! Djokovic took the lead, as his return was deep and Nadal ended up returning it long, advantage Novak! This time, Nadal unleashed a clever drop shot and Novak didn't go for it, 40-40, deuce again. Good serve from Rafa, Djokovic's return was long, advantage Nadal. And Nadal held on to his serve as Djokovic missed out on an easy backhand chance from the nets. Nadal has taken a huge lead in the third set!

THIRD SET: Djokovic trails 2-4

Djokovic to serve. He wins the first point, 15-0. Djokovic tried a forehand from cross-court but it went long, 15-15. Djokovic wins the next point by an excellent serve, 30-15. Djokovic wins the next point as Rafa mistimes one high in the air, 40-15. Djokovic wins the game with another ace.

THIRD SET: Nadal leads 4-1

Nadal to serve. He won the first point with a cracking forehand winner, 15-0. Double-fault from Nadal, 15-15. Djokovic won the next point with a forehand winner, 15-30. Good wide serve from Rafa, 30-30. Nadal won the next point, 40-30. Novak won the next point as Rafa's forehand went wide, 40-40, deuce! Djokovic gets the advantage as Rafa once again hits a forehand wide, advantage Djokovic, break point! Djokovic hit a backhand long, 40-40, deuce again! Rafa takes the advantage with another forehand winner. Nadal wins another game with his trademark forehand winner!

THIRD SET: Djokovic trails 1-3

Djokovic to serve. Nadal won the first point, 0-15. Djokovic won the second point, 15-15. Djokovic won the next point with a forehand winner, 30-15. Nadal hit a backhand wide which extended Novak's lead to 40-15. Djokovic won the game with an ace.

THIRD SET: Nadal leads 3-0

Nadal to serve. He won the first point, 15-0. He won the second point as well, 30-0. Nadal served another forehand winner, won the point 40-0. Good serve to seal the game from Nadal.

THIRD SET: Djokovic trails 0-2

Djokovic to serve. Rafa won the first point as Djokovic's cross-court forehand went wide, 0-15. Good rally between the two, Djokovic played a better game at the nets and won the point, 15-15. Nadal's return of serve hit the nets, 30-15. Djokovic hit a backhand well wide, 30-30. Rafa took advantage after another good rally, smashed a winner from the nets, 30-40. Djokovic missed out on an easy volley winner from the nets, Rafa has broken his serve early in the first set!

THIRD SET: Nadal leads 1-0

Nadal to serve. He wins the first game easily to take the lead.

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SECOND SET: Nadal won it 7-5

Djokovic to serve to stay in the set. He won the first serve with a forehand winner, 15-0. Double-fault from Djokovic, his second of the match, 15-15. Rafa won the second point with a good forehand winner, 15-30. Djokovic's cross-court forehand went wide, 15-30, Nadal now has two set points! Good rally between the two and Nadal won the set with a forehand winner from the nets!

SECOND SET: Nadal leads 6-5

Nadal to serve. Easy service game for Rafa as he won it with straight four points wins.

SECOND SET: Scores level 5-5

Djokovic to serve to stay in the set. Nole won the first point, 15-0. Nadal won the second point with another forehand winner, 15-15. Nole served, came to the nets and delivered a volley winner, 30-15. Good wide serve from Djokovic, Nadal's return hit the nets, 40-15. Good return of serve from Nadal, 40-30. Djokovic won the game with a powerful forehand smash from the nets.

SECOND SET: Nadal leads 5-4

Nadal to serve.Nadal won the first two points, 30-0. Djokovic won the next point, 30-15. Nadal extended his lead with a powerful down the line backhand winner, 40-15. Nadal sealed the game.

SECOND SET: Scores level 4-4

Djokovic to serve. Nole won the first point, 15-0. Djokovic won the second point with a powerful cross-court backhand, 30-0. Rafa won the next point as Djokovic's cross-court backhand hit the nets, 15-30. Nadal won the next point as Nole's shot went long, 30-30. Djokovic's cross court backhand once again went wide, 30-40, Nadal has another break point! Djokovic brought it back to deuce, 40-40! Djokovic tackled two powerful forehands from Nadal, and won the point to take the advantage. Nole sealed the game with a forehand winner from the nets.

SECOND SET: Nadal leads 4-3

Nadal to serve. Djokovic won the first point, 0-15. Nadal won the second point as Nole's return of serve was short, 15-15. Djokovic won the third point with a powerful down the line backhand, and Rafa's return was well short, 15-30. Double-fault from Rafa, his second of the match, 15-40, two break points for Djokovic! Rafa saved the first one as Djokovic's return went long, 30-40, one break point remaining for Djokovic. Djokovic has broken Nadal's serve, yet again as Nadal's shot went long!

SECOND SET: Nadal leads 4-2

Djokovic to serve. He started off with his double-fault of the match, 0-15. Good rally between the two, won by Djokovic by a top volley winner from the nets, 15-15. Rafa's forehand went long, 30-15. Rafa won the next point, 30-30. Nole's backhand went long, 30-40, first break point for Nadal! Good play from Rafa, he played a shot which went long, 40-40, deuce! Djokovic won the next point with a powerfut shot from the nets, advantage Djokovic! Nadal brought the game back to deuce with another powerful forehand, 40-40! Second deuce of the game. Nadal took the advantage with another powerful forehand winner, advantage Rafa, break point for Rafa! Nadal has broken Djokovic's serve with another quality cross-court forehand as Djokovic's return hit the nets!

SECOND SET: Nadal leads 3-2

Nadal to serve. Rafa won the first point, 15-0. Double-fault from Rafa, first of this men's final, 15-15. Rafa won the next point with a powerful volley winner, 30-15. Nadal won the next point with a massive down the line forehand winner, 40-15. Nadal won the game with another superb down the line forehand winner.

SECOND SET: Scores level 2-2

Djokovic to serve. Djokovic won the first point with a good serve, 15-0. Nadal won the second as Djokovic's backhand went just wide, 15-15. Djokovic won the third point as Rafa was made to stretch and his shot hit the nets, 30-15. Rafa's forehand went wide again, 40-15, two game points for Djokovic! Djokovic sealed the game as Rafa's forehand hit the nets.

SECOND SET: Nadal 2-1

Nadal to serve. He began the game with a fine serve, 15-0. Djokovic's backhand hit the nets and he wasn't even ready for it as he was moving to his right, 30-0. Djokovic fired a superb down the line forehand for a winner, 30-15. Nole won the next point as Rafa was distracted by a shot which clipped the nets and ended up hitting it long, 30-30. Good rally once again between the two, Rafa ran to his right and smashed a clean down the line backhand winner, 40-30. One game point for Djokovic. Nadal won the game with a good serve.

SECOND SET: Scores level 1-1

Djokovic to serve. Nole the first point, 15-0. Djokovic won the second point as well, 30-0. Nadal won the third point as a result of a superb return off a drop shot, 30-15. Nole extended his lead with a volley winner, 40-15. Djokovic sealed the game with a superb down the line forehand winner.

SECOND SET: Nadal leads 1-0

Nadal to serve. Rafa won the first point with a cracking down the line forehand winner, 15-0. Good return of serve from Djokovic, 15-15. Rafa won the third point as he came to the nets and dropped a volley winner, 30-15. Djokovic replied back with a good forehand, 30-30. Nadal took the lead as Djokovic played a tired looking shot which found the nets, 40-30. Nadal won the game as Djokovic's return went long!

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FIRST SET: Djokovic won it 6-3

Djokovic to serve. Rafa won the first point as Djokovic's shot went long, 0-15. Djokovic played another drop shot, it had the height, Nadal advanced and played it with a lot of spin and won the point, 0-30. Nole won the next point, 15-30. Once again, Djokovic's shot went long, 15-40. Now Nadal has two break points! Nadal's forehand went way wide, 30-40. One break point remaining for Rafa! Djokovic now brought the game to deuce as Rafa's shot went long. Djokovic took the advantage as he caught Rafa wrong footed, set point for Djokovic! Nadal's return went long and Djokovic has won the first set! Excellent comeback from Djoker after he was trailing 0-30 in the game!

FIRST SET: Djokovic leads 5-3

Nadal to serve. Nadal's cross-court forehand went wide as Nole won the first game, 0-15. Another backhand from Rafa went long, 0-30. Good lead this for Djokovic. Djokovic's return of serve hit the nets, 15-30. Djokovic showed some aggression and won the point with a cross-court backhand, 15-40 – two break points for Djokovic! Rafa saved one with a good forehand down the line, 30-40. Rafa brought the game to deuce with a good serve, 40-40. Djokovic took the advantage with a fine down the line forehand winner, advantage Djokovic! Third break point as well. Djokovic wins the game as Rafa's forehand once again goes wide!

FIRST SET: Djokovic leads 4-3

Djokovic to serve. Djokovic won the first point with a powerful cross-court forehand winner, 15-0. Rafa sealed the second point with a down the line forehand winner, 15-15. Novak's backhand landed long after he failed to tackle back-to-back deep returns from Rafa, 15-30. Djokovic won the next point, 30-30. Nole won the next point, 40-30. Djokovic lost the next point with a cross-court forehand which went wide, 40-40, first deuce of the match! Djokovic got the advantage as Rafa's slice hit the nets, advantage Nole! Rafa's backhand went wide and Djokovic has won the game!

FIRST SET: Scores level 3-3

Nadal to serve. Rafa won the first point, 15-0. Rafa won another point with a powerful forehand, 30-0. Nole fired an excellent cross-court forehand and Nadal's shot went wide, 30-15. Nole's return of serve went long, 40-15. Nole played another superb drop shot, Nadal returned and Djoker followed it with a winner past the Spaniard, 40-30. Good rally once again, it ended when Novak's shot hit the nets!

FIRST SET: Djokovic leads 3-2

Djokovic to serve. Djokovic won the first point with a cheeky drop shot, 15-0. Djokovic tried playing another drop shot, which went high and long, 15-15. Nadal's return of serve went long, 30-15. Another superb, aggressive rally between the two players, Nole won it with a cross-court forehand winner, 40-15. Djokovic won the game with the first ace of the match.

FIRST SET: Scores level 2-2

Nadal to serve. Both the players won a point each, 15-15. Nadal advanced to the nets after third serve and Djokovic's cross-court backhand just went wide, 30-15. Djokovic hit a powerful forehand winner, 30-30. Djokovic's cross-court backhand hit the nets, 40-30. One game point for Rafa. Nadal won the game as once again, Nole's forehand hit the nets.

FIRST SET: Djokovic leads 2-1

Djokovic to serve. Djokovic's cross-court backhand went wide, 0-15. Tremendous serve from Djokovic, 15-15. Djokovic advanced to the nets after a quick serve and smashed the return for a winner, 30-15. Good rally between the two players and it ended when Rafa's forehand hit the nets, 40-15. Djokovic wins the game as Rafa's forehand goes long!

FIRST SET: Scores level 1-1

Nadal to serve. Djoker's return of serve clipped the nets and landed short, 15-0. Djokovic's forehand found the nets, 30-0. Djokovic's return of Nadal's second serve went long, 40-0. Three game points for Rafa. Djokovic's return of serve once again landed wide. Easy service game for Rafa!

FIRST SET: Djokovic leads 1-0

Novak Djokovic to serve. Djoker won the first point as Nadal's forehand went wide, 15-0. Novak won another point as Nadal's return hit the nets, 30-0. Novak delivered a powerful cross-court backhand and Nadal's return went wide, 40-0. Nadal won the first point of the game with a powerful down the line forehand winner, 40-15. Djokovic sealed the game with a powerful forehand winner!

It`s the big final. And fighting out for the title will be two best players in the world. For world number one Rafael Nadal, it will be a new challenge. His domination on clay has seen a different perspective.

But the Spaniard is still the one to beat in the slower, sticky surface. A win today will make him the first man to win French Open five times in a row. His nine titles in Paris has already made him a living legend.

Playing his third final at Roland Garros, against the same person is Novak Djokovic. The only force besides Roger-Rafa duopoly, the Serbian is aiming for a career Slam. If he manages to beat Nadal, he will join an elite group of seven players who have achieved the career-slam.

First Published: Monday, June 09, 2014, 00:59


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