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Both the mens’ and womens’ finals of the French Open will be showcases for the world’s top-ranking players aiming for personal bests.
In the mens’ final on Sunday, top-seed Novak Djokovic will be hoping for his first ever win at Roland Garros when he faces the world’s number two player, Andy Murray. A victory would make Djokovic only the eighth man to ever complete a career Grand Slam. If Murray wins he will become the first British winner of the men’s title since Fred Perry in 1935.
In the women’s final, Serena Williams will attempt to earn her 22nd major championship and equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record. Her opponent is 22-year-old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza who two years ago, at what was only her 13th match at a major tournament, delivered Williams a stunning second-round 6-2, 6-2 defeat in what was, and remains to this day, the most surprising defeat of Williams’ 338-match Grand Slam career.
Sunday will be Djokovic’s sixth successive Grand Slam championship match as he looks to add to his collection of 11 majors.
He already holds the Wimbledon, US and Australian Open trophies.
Rematch of Wimbledon for women
Since her French Open setback two years ago, Williams has won 47 of 50 matches at majors, collecting four trophies along the way to boost her total to 21. Only Graf and Margaret Court, with 24, have bagged more.
Saturday’s match will be rematch of last year’s Wimbledon final, which Williams won in straight sets.
Because repeated rain sabotaged the schedule and eliminated the usual rest time at a major, Saturday will be Williams’ fourth consecutive day on court, and Muguruza’s third. Williams also acknowledged having “some issues” with a leg muscle, although she would not elaborate.
Muguruza’s coach, Sam Sumyk, downplayed Williams’ loss in 2014 to the Spaniard: “It was 250 years ago, so nothing to think about, really. But it’s always nice to have (in) the back of your mind that you beat Serena already.”