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French Open 2012: Novak Djokovic To Face Rafael Nadal In Men's Final

After dispatching a visibly-aging Roger Federer over just three sets (6-4, 7-5, 6-3), world no. 1 Novak Djokovic kept his improbable run through major tournaments intact, and now will face No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal in Sunday's 2012 French Open Men's Final.

Djokovic enters his Sunday match with Nadal on a winning stretch for the ages, and would actually be the current title holder in all four majors if he's able to pull off a victory. Facing a well-conditioned athlete such as Nadal on his favorite playing surface could prove to be the most difficult task yet for the 25-year-old phenom however, and viewers should be treated to yet another epic finale between the two rivals.

Before making quick work of Federer, Djokovic edged No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from France in a thrilling five-set quarterfinal match. Nadal, a six-time champ at Roland Garros looking for his unprecedented seventh title, wasted little time sending the trio of David Ferrer (No. 6), Nicolas Almagro (No. 12), and Juan Monaco (No. 13) each home in straight-set victories.

Even though these two men last played at Roland Garros in a 2008 quarterfinal match that Nadal cruised through in just three sets (6-4, 6-2, 7-6), there's no question that Sunday's head-to-head showdown has the potential to go the full distance.

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