WATCH LIVE: French Open men’s final: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal extend the most prolific rivalry in men’s tennis in Sunday’s French Open final, live on NBC Sports, with more history at stake than ever.

Djokovic, the top seed, is 37-1 in 2020, the outlier when he was defaulted from the U.S. Open for striking a ball in anger after a losing point that inadvertently hit a linesperson in the throat.

The 33-year-old Serb is at 17 Grand Slam singles titles, three shy of Roger Federer‘s male record and two behind Nadal.

Nadal, 34, goes for a record-extending 13th French Open title and to tie Federer in Slams for the first time since each had zero titles.

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Djokovic and Nadal play for the 56th time (more meetings than Super Bowls), already the most matchups between two male players in the Open Era. Djokovic leads the series 29-26.

It’s their ninth time playing in a Grand Slam final, having evenly split the previous eight. Djokovic won three of their last four matches overall, but Nadal took the last three on clay dating to 2017.

At Roland Garros this year, Nadal hasn’t dropped a set. And while Djokovic appeared to have a shoulder or neck injury in the quarterfinals, then was pushed to five sets in the semifinals, Nadal believed that his level from the first six rounds won’t be enough on Sunday.

“I know I have to make a step forward,” Nadal said after sweeping Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the semifinals on Friday. “I think I did one today. But for Sunday is not enough. I need to make another one.”

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12-year-old skateboarders earn medals at world championships

Chloe Covell

At the world skateboarding championships, 12-year-olds Chloe Covell from Australia and Onodera Ginwoo from Japan earned silver and bronze medals, respectively, in Sunday’s street finals.

In the women’s event, Covell took silver behind Brazilian 15-year-old Rayssa Leal, who was a silver medalist herself at the Tokyo Games.

Frenchman Aurélien Giraud, a 25-year-old who was sixth in skateboarding’s Olympic debut in Tokyo, won the men’s final in the United Arab Emirates. Ginwoo was third behind Portugal’s Gustavo Ribeiro.

The top Americans were Olympic men’s bronze medalist Jagger Eaton in sixth and 15-year-old Paige Heyn in seventh in the women’s event.

Nyjah Huston, a six-time world champion who placed seventh in Tokyo, missed worlds after August surgery for an ACL tear.

Up to three men and three women per nation can qualify per event (street and park) for the 2024 Paris Games. World rankings come June 2024 determine which Americans qualify.

In Tokyo, four of the 12 skateboarding medalists were ages 12 or 13.

Japan’s Kokona Hiraki, then 12, won silver in women’s park to become the youngest Olympic medalist since 1936, according to Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, then 13, won women’s street and became the youngest gold medalist in an individual event since 1936.

Worlds conclude this week with the men’s and women’s park events. The finals are Saturday.

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Francesco Friedrich, most decorated bobsledder in history, rebounds for 12th world title

Francesco Friedrich

A week after his first major championships defeat in seven years, German Francesco Friedrich returned to his winning ways to close the world bobsled championships on Sunday.

Friedrich’s four-man sled won the world title by 69 hundredths of a second over British and Latvian sleds that tied for silver, combining times from four runs over the last two days in St. Moritz, Switzerland. It marked Great Britain’s first world championships men’s bobsled medal since 1966.

Geoff Gadbois drove the lone U.S. sled in the field, finishing 18th.

Friedrich, the most decorated bobsledder in history, extended his records with a fifth consecutive world four-man title and 12th world championship between two- and four-man events.

Germany swept all four titles at bobsled worlds with four different drivers taking gold.

Friedrich had won 12 consecutive Olympic or world titles before taking two-man silver at worlds last week in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He was dethroned in that event by countryman Johannes Lochner.

Friedrich has been hampered recently by a muscle injury from sprint training in late December. Going into worlds, Lochner had won four consecutive World Cup two-man races, while Hall won the last two World Cups in four-man.

Friedrich, 32, said before this season that he plans to make the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Games his final competition. Friedrich and push athlete Thorsten Margis can break the record of four career Olympic bobsled gold medals that they currently share with retired Germans Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske.

The World Cup season concludes with stops in Igls, Austria, and Sigulda, Latvia, the next two weekends.

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