World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and seven-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal will meet in the final of Monte Carlo, their first meeting since the Spaniard’s four-set win over the Serb in last year's French Open final.
Nadal leads Djokovic 19-14 in their head-to-head meetings, and also owns a 12-2 record against him on clay. However, since the start of 2011, Djokovic has won seven of their last 10 matches, though Nadal has won the last three, all on clay, including the 2012 Monte Carlo final.
Nadal and Djokovic’s rivalry has begun to take on epic proportions. This will be their 34th match, which is as many matches as Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi played against one another (20-14 for Sampras), as well as John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors (20-14 for McEnroe). Nadal is 26 years old; Djokovic is 25.
When asked by reporters whether he wanted to play Djokovic, Nadal joked, "No. I want to play against another player that is easier! I'm not this kind of players that they're stupid and say no I want to play against the best...[Djokovic] brings you to the limit of your game if you want to have chances to win.”
Djokovic, who has been contending with ankle trouble, added: "I'm not going to go and just try and do my best against Nadal. I will go to win.”