Novak Djokovic
Can the Serbian win his first ever French Open title? Pictured: Novak Djokovic serves against Dominic Thiem on June 3, 2016.Reuters

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are arch-rivals who have played in a number of title-deciders. The top two seeds will now battle it out for the prestigious French Open singles title, which is expected to be a cracker of a game on Sunday.

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The final has all the ingredients of a classic encounter after their last two finals last month. Djokovic defeated Murray in the Roma Masters prior to the French Open, but the Serb defeated the Scot in the Madrid Masters.

Such records do not matter when it comes to the final of a Grand Slam. Murray needs to be at his menacing best if he wants to clinch the French Open as Djokovic has been ruthless in the competition, dropping just a single set so far.

That cannot be said for Murray, who dropped four sets in his first two rounds, and came close to exiting the competition early. But Murray comes into this final confident after some impressive wins against some top players like defending champion Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet.

Though both players have been incredible in the tennis circuit for some time, this French Open final gives them a wonderful chance to improve their resume. Djokovic and Murray are yet to win the French Open, so one thing is for sure: There will be a new champion in Paris.

Murray expects a brilliant final on Sunday. "It's obviously a very big match for both of us, Novak trying to win the career slam and me trying to win my first French Open. Neither of us know how many more chances we'll have to win here. It's a very tough event to win. There's a lot riding on the match for both of us," BBC quoted Murray as saying.

"We have had some really big battles in the Slams before on all the other surfaces. I'm sure it will be the same again on Sunday."

Both the players have a never-give-up attitude, which is surely going to be tested once again on the red surface. With both players being incredible from the baseline, some wonderful rallies could be played in the final.

Murray has been serving well in the French Open this time, and will be looking to deliver those serves with precision, and catch Djokovic on the backfoot. But that is not going to be easy when Murray faces one of the best returners in the game.

Djokovic also expects a gruelling final in Paris. "It's another grand slam title up for grabs for both Andy and myself. One thing for sure I know I can expect when I get on the court with him is it's going to be a very physical battle.I think he's one of the most dedicated tennis players on the tour. He always seeks to improve his game and get better, which I do too," Sky Sports quoted Djokovic as saying.

"I think, looking at our history of the first time we played against each other when we were 11 years old all the way until now, if we knew back then that we were going to fight for the biggest trophies in this sport, I think we would both sign the document."

Though Djokovic has expressed his deep desire of winning the French Open, the only Grand Slam, which he is yet to conquer, he needs to be careful and not allow the pressure to get the better of him. But then, he has played so many crunch Grand Slam final, and has shone brightly to win the title.

Will French Open 2016 final go the same way? We shall known in a few hours time.

Where to watch live

The French Open final between Djokovic and Murray is scheduled for a 3 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. IST, 2 p.m. BST, 9 a.m. ET) start. Below are all the live streaming and TV options.

India: TV: Neo Sports and Neo Prime.

Australia: TV: Fox Sports. Live Streaming: Foxtel Play.

UK: TV: ITV. Live Streaming: ITV Player.

USA: TV: Tennis Channel, ESPN and NBC. Live Streaming: Tennis Channel live,Watch ESPN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

Middle East and North Africa: TV: BeIN Sports. Live Streaming: BeIN Sports Connect.

Asia: TV: Fox Sports. Live Streaming: Fox Sports Play.

Europe: TV: Eurosport. Live Streaming: Eurosport Player.

 

 

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