Rafael Nadal ‘has a plan’ for beating Novak Djokovic in their historic battle in the French Open final, says coach Carlos Moya.
Nadal can draw level with Roger Federer on 20 career Grand Slam titles on Sunday, but to do that he will need to beat Novak Djokovic – something that no one has managed to do this year.
Djokovic, meanwhile, will become the only man in history to win every Grand Slam twice if he can beat Rafael Nadal in the French Open final – something that no one has ever managed to do.
“It’s a huge challenge, it is obvious that he (Djokovic) is one of the great players in history,” Moya said.
“I don’t know if it will be more difficult than facing Federer at his best at Wimbledon. But we have a plan.
Part of that plan will have to be dealing with the Serb’s dropshot, which he has used masterfully in the competition so far.
“Djokovic has been using the dropshot for a long time and over the past two weeks, he has done it even more. We will have to be ready,” Moya explained.
“Serves are less dangerous. We’ll take that into account because the service won’t earn a lot of direct points.”
To date, Rafael Nadal has won 12 French Open titles in his career, which is twice as many as any other man in the Open Era.
He has faced Djokovic on seven previous occasions at Roland Garros, winning all but their last meeting – a quarterfinal straight sets win for the Serb in 2015.
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