- Associated Press - Saturday, June 9, 2012

PARIS (AP) - Novak Djokovic has won 27 matches in a row at Grand Slam tournaments. If he can make that 28 by beating Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s French Open final, Djokovic will earn a fourth consecutive major title, something no man has accomplished since 1969.

Tough to imagine someone so close to such a historic achievement being an underdog, yet that’s exactly what Djokovic is.

That’s because as good as Djokovic is on all surfaces and in all settings at the moment, no one ever has been as good as Nadal is on red clay, particularly at Roland Garros.

Nadal seeks his record seventh championship at the French Open, where he is 51-1, including 3-0 against Djokovic.

Says Djokovic: “He is a favorite … but I believe in myself.”

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