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18.10 - A delighted Nadal lifted the trophy and then wept with pride. He said: "Novak, it is the biggest challenge of my career facing you. I don't have any doubt you will win here one day in the future... I must thank the volunteers who make this tournament possible, this is the best tournament in the world, so thank you. I want to thank the public too, it is incredible playing here on this court... I'd like to thank the sponsors and of course my team. Without them it is impossible for me to be here."
18.05 - A visibly emotional Djokovic was in tears following a magnificent reception from the crowd prior to presentations. He said: "It's incredible that you (Nadal) have won this tournament for a ninth time, congratulations. Rafa was the better player today and I must also congratulate him for that... We didn't get it this year, but next year we will be back and we'll do it again and again and again until I win this tournament."
- - GAME, SET AND MATCH! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 2-6 4-6 NADAL. Nadal claims an unprecedented NINTH Roland Garros title and becomes the first man to win it five times in a row. The four-set success also sees him maintain his standing as the world number one and is achieved as he comes back from 0-30 down to end Nole's dream as the Serb implodes with a double fault on match point.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 2-6 4-5 NADAL. At 15-15 Nadal unleashes a winning forehand that has Djokovic berating himself and bashing his face into his racket. The Serb recognises it's a significant opportunity to rattle Rafa and manages to push it to deuce. The second seed fights valiantly but in the end he puts too much on a return and his chance goes begging. The Djoker must now serve to stay in the match.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 2-6 4-4 NADAL. A controversial opening point goes the way of the Djoker after it appeared Nadal's shot called out was actually in. It serves to galvanise the Serb and he dominates the rest of the game to take it to 15. All square in this fourth set. Is the pendulum about to swing away from Rafa?
- - BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 2-6 3-4 NADAL. Where did that come from? Djokovic looked a beaten man after that last service game, but he somehow conjured up the courage, desire and defensive play to outwit Rafa and claim the break back at the second time of asking. Which way will this match twist next?
- - BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 2-6 2-4 NADAL. That could be the key moment in the set - and indeed the match. A mix of stunning play from Nadal and a peppering of inexplicable errors from Djokovic lead to a break point that has the Serb's mind racing. Another lung-busting rally takes its toll and he sends another shot he would usually make in his sleep, wide. It's surely Rafa's to lose now.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 2-6 2-3 NADAL. That was too easy for the world number one. The Spaniard sees out his fifth love service game with the minimum of fuss. There are such fine margins between these two players that you wouldn't rule out a Nole comeback despite the current dominance of Rafa. He needs to produce something special soon though or his dream of a first ever Paris title will be over for another year.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 2-6 2-2 NADAL. The Serbinator just about keeps Nadal at arms length as the Spaniard's innate ability to hit the lines fails him in the key moments. At 40-30 a punishing rally has both players on the run until the King of Clay lashes a shot just beyond the baseline.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 2-6 1-2 NADAL. What can only be described as a tumbleweed of an ace at 15-30 is followed by a thumping first serve to get the eight-time Roland Garros champion out of trouble. In the end what looked like a tricky situation is dealt with rather easily as the Djoker fires long.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 2-6 1-1 NADAL. Rafa is in the zone right now but Novak is digging in hoping to see out the purple patch and force a wobble. A stunning return from the Spaniard to make 15-15 could have ruffled the Serb's feathers, but he shrugs it off to take the next three points, wrapping it up with his ninth ace of the encounter.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 2-6 0-1 NADAL. It's hard to see a way back for Nole from here. Rafa races through a love game, cracking home a stunning forehand down the line to clinch it.
- - SET! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 2-6 NADAL. Wow! Rafa breaks from out of nowhere to seal the set. It looked like a routine service game for Novak when raced into a 40-15 lead; with one of the points of the match going his way with a volley at the net. He even afforded a smile! However, some basic errors allowed Nadal back in and the Spaniard barely had to work for it as the Serb capitulated on set point by overcooking the forehand.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 2-5 NADAL. That is a massive, massive hold for Rafa. The Spaniard looks home and hosed at 40-15 but allows the Djoker back in at deuce. Cue a series of sensational rallies right up there with some of the best tennis you'll see. Nole has his chance to break but the Spanish Raging Bull sees red and eventually comes good when some oustanding defence is rewarded by a tame volley into the net by the Serb.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 2-4 NADAL. That will have done wonders for Novak's belief. The Serb needs to keep fighting and he played some commanding points to take it to 15. It was a quick game and means he can now attempt to apply further pressure to the Nadal serve after going close last time out.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 1-4 NADAL. The Nadal juggernaut is sent slightly off course as Djokovic recaptures his fighting spirit to force break point following deuce. But it proves to be a mere diversion on this occasion as the Spaniard roars through the gears to finish with a thumping crosscourt forehand to hold. A deflating moment for the Serb.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 1-3 NADAL. An audacious return with absurd length gets Nadal off to a flyer and leaves Djokovic breathing heavily. The Spaniard then misses a shot down the line and it helps to reinvigorate Nole who outfoxes his opponent with a clever winner before getting himself on the board with an ace.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 0-3 NADAL. Rafa consolidates the break with an outstanding service game to love. An ace seals it and there is no doubt who has the bit between their teeth at this point. Djokovic looks a shadow of the man who was so tactically sound in the opening set and a half.
- - BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 0-2 NADAL. What a game that was! Two of the most sensational points you'll see contribute to a close exchange that eventually goes the way of Nadal. When these two athletes are drawn into a scrap at the net it really is a sight to behold. At 0-15 a sublimely angled drop volley earns Nole applause from both the crowd and his opponent. But Nadal roars back and wins a 22-stroke rally with an overhead before Nole gets a volley at the net all wrong to hand him the break.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 0-1 NADAL. A let off for Nadal as Djokovic pulls a forehand just wide of the line at 30-30. Some sensational defence keeps the Serb in the next point but he then contrives to crash a backhand across court way beyond the alley. Was that a significant missed opportunity for Nole?
- - SET! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 NADAL. Superb from Rafa! A second double fault of the match and an unlucky net cord from Djokovic provide the Spaniard with an OP (15-30). It causes the Djoker to tighten up and he hammers a crosscourt wide of the tramlines. A sizzling rally unfolds on two set points and the reigning champion makes no mistake with a delicious winner down the line. "VAMOS!" Yells the world number one.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-6 NADAL. A love game is just what Rafa would have wanted as he looks to up the ante as this set comes to a bruising conclusion. Novak will now serve in the hope of taking it to the tie break. Who's your money on now?
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-5 NADAL. Rafa gets no change out of Nole as the Serbinator holds despite seeing one of his serves spanked past him by a brilliant backhand return. Some astute play at the net and a couple of stonking forehands do the damage to ensure it remains level after 10 games of the second.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 4-5 NADAL. An important hold for Nadal as he takes the game to 15 with some determined tennis. A chance to turn up the heat now as Djokovic serves to stay in the set.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 4-4 NADAL. The world number two shoots himself in the foot with a couple of unexpected errors to allow Nadal the chance of another break at 30-40. However, the Spaniard's backhand once again fails him at two key moments, allowing the Serb to clinch it with a dismissive forehand at the net. All square in this second set.
- - BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 3-4 NADAL. A bit of a disaster for Nadal as a second double fault of the contest gift-wraps two break back points to a man who has surely become his nemesis. The Spaniard roars 'Vamos' as he saves one, but his delight immediately turns to agony when he crashes a forehand off the back of a wide serve long.
- - BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 2-4 NADAL. A pivotal game in the context of this match. Nole had been ice cold in this final - until now. Rafa works himself a break point and thinks he has done it until the umpire intervenes and correctly calls his winner long. The duo exchange blows until a magnificent crosscourt forehand is followed by another blockbusting shot that the Djoker can only block into the net. Advantage Rafa in this set. Sensational stuff!
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 2-3 NADAL. Brilliant from Nadal. The Spaniard needed to up his game and promptly does with two staggering winners into each corner of the court. If he's to overcome a buoyant Djokovic he is going to have to keep this up and cut out the errors on the backhand side.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 2-2 NADAL. Rafa is having some real problems with the backhand attempt down the line and he gifts Nole some breathing space with another shot off the frame of his racket. The Serb needs no further invitation and seals the game to 15 when his thunderous backhand is blocked back into the net.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 1-2 NADAL. The world number one is having difficulty keeping Djokovic at bay, but at 30-30 he unleashes one of the best backhands of the match that almost paints the line. A body serve then causes Nole all sorts of problems and the Spaniard manages to negotiate a tricky game.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 1-1 NADAL. Routine stuff from Djokovic who seems to love the challenge of taking on Nadal. A firm Putaway at the net sees Nole firmly in control at 40-15 and when he sends the Spaniard scurrying out wide, he finishes off the game with a powerful shot down the line.
- - DJOKOVIC 6-3 0-1 NADAL. That first set loss was a psychological blow for Rafa and he's made to work hard once more to hold serve. At 30-30 he forces Djokovic to fizz a forehand into the net and then secures the game when the Serb fires long. Interestingly, Rafa has now lost nine of his last 10 sets against Novak, who is becoming a bit of a bogey player for the Spanish ace.
0 - SET! - DJOKOVIC 6-3 NADAL. Best game of the contest thus far. We really are seeing some exceptional tennis now as well as some uncharacteristic miscues. Rafa responds like a true champion and moves to within striking distance by picking up a drop volley and caressing it down the line to leave Djokovic swinging at fresh air. The Spaniard snares two break points when Nole swings long but miscues twice to allow the Serb back in. The momentum flips the Djoker's way and he outpowers Nadal to seal it.
- - BREAK! - DJOKOVIC 5-3 NADAL. First blood to Djokovic. Is Rafa's reign in Paris under major threat here? The Serb responds to a shaky service game by clocking up the first two break points of the match with a rasping crosscourt attempt that clips the net cord and bounces just in. Nadal responds with some brave tennis to force deuce but is then undone by a sensational winner down the line. The Spaniard then flashes a crosscourt forehand wide to hand the initiative to Nole.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-3 NADAL. The first bit of pressure against serve arises as Rafa tees up an Opportunity Point at 15-30. The King of Clay can't quite force the break point but is offered further hope when Djokovic crashes a crosscourt forehand well wide of the tramlines. The Serb digs deep and eventually comes through the test when Nadal miscues a backhand on the run.
- - DJOKOVIC 3-3 NADAL. The world number one ensures it's still toe-to-toe in this first set. Rafa grabs a 40-15 lead as Nole struggles to cope with the high bounce of the Spaniard's top spin. The Serb does win the point of the game when he coolly fires into the open court after catching his opponent out with a delightful drop shot, but he can't apply the pressure he wants and Rafa holds.
- - DJOKOVIC 3-2 NADAL. The Serbinator takes another service game to 15 with a rasping ace. It followed a staggering forehand winner back across court after the pair had exchanged blows in a rally that had the crowd gasping with delight. It's warming up nicely.
- - DJOKOVIC 2-2 NADAL. The number two seed is beginning to get his eye in and turns the screw on the Rafa serve. An exquisite shot down the line takes him to pulp (30-30) but he then fizzes a crosscourt backhand into the net, much to his own displeasure. A high-octane rally concludes the game with Djokovic left shaking his head when lashes another shot into the net.
- - DJOKOVIC 2-1 NADAL. A high-class rally at 30-15 ends with Rafa flashing a forehand into the net. If that's an appetiser for what is to come we are in for a treat. The Serb duly finishes the job off and keeps his nose in front.
- - DJOKOVIC 1-1 NADAL. The reigning champion responds with an equally comfortable opening service game to love. He's welcomed Novak into what is pretty much his own back yard, but it appears that is where the pleasantries end for now.
- - DJOKOVIC 1-0 NADAL. A very confident start for Nole. The world number two blazes into a 40-0 lead before being given a warning shot by a sensational Nadal winner. He responds in style, fizzing a forehand way beyond Rafa's reach.
14.14 - One last drop of refreshment for the pair and we are about to get underway. So, for the French Open title and the World number one spot, it's Nadal v Djokovic take 42.... The Serb will serve first.
14.10 - As the players commence with their warm-up, Nadal will be dreaming of landing a NINTH (yes 9!) Roland Garros crown. A victory would also see him become the first man in history to secure five titles here in Paris in a row. Meanwhile, Djokovic will be hoping he can join an elite list of just seven men who have claimed all four Grand Slams by landing this elusive one.
14.05 - HEAD-TO-HEAD: This will be the 42nd time the pair have met making it the most played tennis rivalry ever. Nadal currently edges it 22-19. The Mallorca-born superstar also has a significant edge in terms of GS titles with 13 to the Serbinator's six. It says much about the quality of this duo that 16 of their last 18 meetings have come in finals.
14.01 - The players are in the tunnel... and here they come to rapturous applause. Nole is first up with Rafa close behind. If there was a roof on Chatrier it would have blown off right then. You can guarantee there will be no empty seats at the start of this one.
14.00 - Speaking in the aftermath of Nadal's destruction of Murray, Djokovic said: "I'm going to try to be aggressive, because that is the only way I can win against him. I know that, of course, this is the court he's most dominant on. He has only lost one time in his career. This is where he plays his best. But we played some really close and good quality matches the last two years here, and knowing that I was that close to win against him gives me that reason to believe that I can make it this time."
13.58 - Nadal's win over Murray was secured with the backdrop of his favoured weather conditions and today is no different, with another hot afternoon in Paris forecast. The 'King of Clay' admits it benefits his game and is determined to deny the Djoker his first success at Roland Garros. Nadal said: "He has the motivation to win Roland Garros for the first time, for sure. But at the same time, he has the pressure to win for the first time. I have the pressure that I want to win the ninth."
13.55 - Back in 2012 Nadal met Djokovic in the final here and claimed an impressive four-set triumph 6-4, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5. The Spaniard landed what was then his seventh Roland Garros title when Nole double faulted on match point.
13.53 - DJOKOVIC'S ROAD TO THE FINAL: Nole eased through round one and two with victories over Joao Sousa and Jeremy Chardy. The Serb suffered a minor wobble against Croatian Marin Cilic before disposing of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic to set up a last four meeting with Ernests Gulbis. The Djoker lost his way - and his temper - in the fourth set but got it together to triumph and set up this mouthwatering clash with Nadal.
13.50 - NADAL'S ROAD TO THE FINAL: Rafa's passage to the quarter-finals was routine with straight sets victories over Robby Ginepri, up-and-coming starlet, Dominic Thiem, Leonardo Mayer and Dusan Lajovic. The world number one then dropped his first set of the tournament to compatriot David Ferrer before waltzing through the next three for the loss of just five games. A straight sets annihilation of Andy Murray in the last four has now moved him closer to that ninth title...
13.45 - Indeed, Djokovic has won their last four meetings, including success in the Rome Masters final on May 18. The Serb secured victory 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
13.42 - This is the third straight year the players have met in Paris. Nadal has a sensational 65-1 record at this particular Slam event but Nole is knocking on the door. Last year's semi-final saw Rafa edge him 9-7 in the fifth and it would be naive to believe the Spaniard will have it as easy as he did in his last-four romp against Andy Murray.
13.40 - There's inevitably a title on the line when this duo lock horns, but today we've also got the added subtext that sees the world number one spot up for grabs. Whoever wins will start next week as the best tennis player on the planet. So, there's a double-incentive on the line - but who will prevail? Tweet @Paul_Hassall your views and predictions. Predict the winner: Rafa or Nole
13.35 - Don't forget you can watch all of the action from the latest chapter in the Nadal v Djokovic saga on our Eurosport Player.
13.30 - Good afternoon and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text coverage of today's French Open final between the world's top two players; reigning champion and world number one, Rafael Nadal versus second seed, Novak Djokovic. The players are due on Chatrier at approximately 2pm BST for what promises to be another exhilarating showdown between these two giants of the game.
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