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Former Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade believes Rafael Nadal will have the upper hand on Novak Djokovic if, as many expect, they meet in the French Open final.

Nadal is going for a record seventh title at Roland Garros this year, as he looks to beat the long-standing record of the legendary Bjorn Borg, with plenty of tennis betting offers available on Nadal writing his name in the history books.

Wade feels Nadal just edges the comparison with Borg on clay and that once again the Spaniard will be the player to beat in Paris.

The left-hander appears to have the mental edge over the world number one Djokovic, after recent results on his favoured surface.

Nadal had suffered seven straight final defeats to the Serbian, but has won the last two live tennis meetings between the pair to claim the titles in Monte Carlo and Rome.

The world number two was now head to Roland Garros full of confidence and Wade thinks that could be crucial.

The British tennis legend told Eurosport: "Djokovic is a little fluctuating in his game but Nadal fights every single point.

"Djokovic would be so disappointed not to win having won the other three Grand Slams, but he hasn't been playing as decisively as last year."

Wade added: "Nadal has been playing brilliantly and if you get into a five-set match between Rafa and Novak you would have to back Nadal."

The top two have met on 32 occasions and Nadal leads 18-14 in the head-to-head standings. They have met three times in Paris with Nadal winning all three – the first occasion after Djokovic retired hurt in 2006.
 
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