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The French Open is the only Grand Slam title that Novak Djokovic has never won. Does he have a chance of clinching it in 2012?

The main barrier to anyone winning at Roland Garros in recent years has been Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard is known as "The King of Clay" and has been successful in Paris on six of the last seven occasions. However, his one failure could provide hope for Djokovic.

Nadal suffered his only loss at the French Open in 2009 when he was eliminated by eventual losing finalist Robin Söderling in the fourth round. The 6–2, 6–7(2), 6–4, 7–6(2) scoreline shows it was a reasonably comfortable win for the Swede and demonstrates that even the best have off days.

Djokovic could not claim the French Open title in 2011, his stellar year in which he won all three other Grand Slam titles. His record of 70 wins from 76 games made the Serb unstoppable and yet his semi-final defeat to Roger Federer in the French capital knocked the juggernaut off-course slightly and people placing a Stan James bet should remember this.

Djokovic's best showing at Roland Garros was that semi-final reverse, which matched his record in 2007 and 2008. However, looking deeper into the statistics suggests that he is becoming more familiar with clay as two of his three wins on the surface came last year in Madrid and Rome. Furthermore, it was Nadal he beat in the finals of both tournaments and this should give him confidence going to Paris in May.

Of course, much depends on the draw and form going into the tournament. Djokovic lost his three-year unbeaten record at the Dubai Tennis Championships recently with a semi-final defeat to Andy Murray so it's clear the Serb does not quite have the momentum he did last year. But recent performances against Nadal suggest he is capable of glory at Roland Garros as he searches for the one trophy which still eludes him.
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