FOLLOW LIVE-TENNIS

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal - French Open final live

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic plays second seed Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the French Open 2012 final at Roland Garros on Sunday. (credit: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic plays second seed Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the French Open 2012 final at Roland Garros on Sunday. 

Bet live on French Open 2012 final with a £200 free bet from bet365.

Nadal’s journey to the final has been spectacular and Friday showed another example of his prowess. He was 1-2 down in the first set with David Ferrer having a couple of break-points to his name before Nadal flattened his opponent for a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory. He was on court for one hour, 46 minutes. 

After the match, Nadal commented that he did everything correctly. But he also clarified, "But I don’t believe in perfection. It does not exist. You can always play better. I am not thinking I am in the final without losing a set; I am just thinking I am in the final." 

He added, "Experience has taught me you can lose when you are playing fantastic; you can win when you are not playing that well. Last year I had the impression I didn’t really play that well, whereas this year I am playing really well."

This means that Nadal enters the final, having dropped only 35 games in the tournament so far, a far cry from his opponent Djokovic, who has had his struggles on clay this French Open. 

Djokovic, who goes into the final knowing that a win is all he needs to become the first since Rod Laver to hold the four Grand Slams simultaneously. 

He was rather impressive in his easy win over Roger Federer on Friday, avenging his 2011 defeat in Paris when he won 6-4, 7-5, 6-3. Later he declared, “I believe that was the best match of 2012 Roland Garros for me, so I've raised my game when I needed to. I played really well when it was the most important, so that's something that gives me confidence obviously before the final.”

Interestingly, this is the fourth successive Grand Slam final in which Nadal and Djokovic are meeting and the Serbian has won all three so far. Speaking of the last time they played each other at a Grand Slam, Djokovic said of the epic six-hour Australian Open final, “It's definitely the most exciting match I ever had in my career. Considering the fact it was a final, it was just [an] incredible historic match to be part of.”

The world number one would have been relieved with his straight set semi-final win, especially after two successive five-setters. He was two sets down against Andreas Seppi in the fourth round before needing to save four match-points against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals. 

In the head-to-head, Nadal is slightly ahead with an 18-14 record against Djokovic. This includes two wins in the finals of clay court tournaments this year at Rome and Monte-Carlo. While Djokovic did win a couple of matches on clay against Nadal last season, he has also lost 11 other matches on that surface against the defending champion. 

Nadal will be an overwhelming favourite to bring home a record seventh French Open title unless Djokovic can produce his best ever game on clay and hope that Nadal’s intensity drops. 

The French and US Open are unfortunately not available as online live streams. All other ATP and WTA tournaments are streamed free at bet365 > live streaming > tennis.
comments powered by Disqus

All ATP Tennis News

Recent French Open Articles

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • ATP Winston-Salem 2014 order of play & schedule: Thursday, August 21

    The 2014 ATP Winston-Salem quarter-finals will be played on Thursday with top seeded John Isner leading the draw in the last-eight stage....

  • WTA New Haven 2014 order of play & schedule: Thursday, August 21

    Petra Kvitova is the only seeded player remaining in the 2014 WTA Connecticut and she will take court in one of the quarter-finals played on Thursday....

  • David Goffin continues unbeaten streak into Winston-Salem quarter-finals

    Qualifier David Goffin has yet to lose a match since Wimbledon as he defeats tour veteran Jarkko Nieminen for a place in the Winston-Salem quarter-finals...

  • Caroline Wozniacki stunned by Camila Giorgi in New Haven

    Caroline Wozniacki’s great hard court form ground to a halt in the second round of the Connecticut Open in New Haven...

  • Petra Kvitova bids to conquer New York for her second Slam of the year

    Petra Kvitova will try and overturn her luck at the US Open and make it past the fourth round for the first time, as she looks for another Slam title to add to her Wimbledon crowns...

  • Eugenie Bouchard bids for a big stage performance at the US Open

    Eugenie Bouchard has impressed with her Slam performances this year, so can she live up to her fifth favourite billing after a slow start to the hard court season...

  • Serena Williams top for the third time as 2014 US Open women’s seeds announced

    Williams, Sharapova, Ivanovic among top eight seeds for the 2014 US Open beginning Monday 25 August...

  • Rafael Nadal back to training with a splint

    ...

  • Second seed Simona Halep’s bid for Grand Slam glory at the 2014 US Open

    Third favourite, second seed – could it be a first Grand Slam title for rising Romanian Halep at the US Open?...

More Stories

Live-tennis.com

Use this form to share new information about this story with an editor.

Use this form to share a photo or video related to this story with an editor.

Use this form to alert an editor about a factual or typographical error in this story.

Photo     Video

Sign me up for the Newsletter

Tags

Watch Live tennis here

  • £200bonus
    1.
    Watch live tennis online for free

    365 licenses every tennis stream there is. Members can WATCH and bet on live tennis streams. Register, Deposit & go to Sports > Live Streaming and watch every tennis game live online from your browser. First class coverage of all courts. Free to members.

  • £100bonus
    2.
    New Tennis Live Streaming Service

    Ladbrokes have just launched a fantastic live streaming service. Stream all the action live to your computer or phone! Use the code MAXCASH on sign-up!

  • £250bonus
    3.
    Live Tennis online

    Watch live tennis online when you sign up to Paddy Power. The streaming is available in the UK, Italy & Ireland only so if this stream doesn't work for you, try bet365.

  • £25bonus
    4.
    William Hill Tennis Live Streams

    Watch officially licensed tennis streams of all the major ATP, WTA and Challenger events online with William Hill. Register via this link for free streaming access.

  • £50bonus
    5.
    Live Tennis Streams

    Watch live tennis on Betfair. High quality streams. Comparable to the bet365 live stream service

  • £25bonus
    6.
    Live Tennis @ Bwin

    Bwin is live streaming a host of ATP World Tour and WTA Premier tournaments online. To watch & bet live, join Bwin and place your tennis bets.

  • £20bonus
    7.
    Live Tennis Streaming

    Watch the major tournaments in the 2013 tennis circuit live online & free when you join Unibet.

All Reviews

Latest News

Streams About To Start!

Full Calendar

Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal - French Open final live

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic plays second seed Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the French Open 2012 final at Roland Garros on Sunday. 

Read more »

Register now to watch live tennis - free!

Log In or Sign up

Facebook User?

You can use your facebook account to sign up with Live streaming sport.

Connect with facebook
Remember me.
Did you forget your password?