Remember the longest grand slam final in history
And so the two men who have won 31 grand slam titles, Djokovic with 14 and Nadal with 17, will meet again in the final here, just as they did in 2012, when they played the longest grand slam final in history, at five hours, 53 minutes, so exhausted at the end that they could barely stand up at the trophy presentation.
Djokovic beat Nadal 10-8 in the final set in the semi-finals at Wimbledon last summer on his way to the title and has won six of their past seven finals. Overall, he leads Nadal 27-25, and though the Spaniard leads their grand slam battles 9-5 and four of their seven slam finals – including the past three - Djokovic has won 14 of their 24 matches in finals. Victory would make Nadal only the third man, after Rod Laver and Emerson, to win each of the four grand slam titles at least twice.
Having played his semi-final on Thursday, Nadal will have an extra 24 hours to prepare. The change in day on, day off rhythm can throw players off-kilter but 10 years after his only win here, he is focused only on the task at hand, winning another grand slam title.
In his way, yet again, is Djokovic, who looks right back to his very best. As the Serb said, when asked about the match-up: “I’d buy a ticket for that”.