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    Serbia's Novak Djokovic screams before smashing his racket during the semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Friday, June 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 7:12 pm | Updated: 11:56 pm, Fri Jun 6, 2014.

PARIS — This is what Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic wanted. It’s what they expected. And now they’ll meet in a French Open final with so much at stake for both.

Nadal is seeking championship No. 9 at Roland Garros, and his 14th major title overall. Djokovic is hoping to finally conquer the French Open and complete a career Grand Slam. Fittingly, whoever wins the rivals’ 42nd head-to-head meeting Sunday will be ranked No. 1 on Monday; the runner-up will be No. 2.

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