It may sound cliché, but the Roland Garros final will oppose two players on opposite ends of the spectrum: one with a huge amount of pressure, a step away from his biggest dream and achievement, and the other with absolutely nothing to lose.
Novak Djokovic is a man on a mission. He has been saying it for a long time: he wants this French Open title, which would complete his Career Grand Slam. And he has shown over the last few months that he is the man to beat, winning the Australian Open, and four of the first five Masters 1000 of the season (he did not play Madrid).
The only player who came somewhat close to topple him in Paris has been Andy Murray, who made him drop his first two sets of the tournament in the semifinals. In the end, the world number one only proved too much for the Scot in the deciding set for a 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1 triumph spread over two days.
In the final, the Serbian will face Stan Wawrinka, who has never played better at the French clay rendez-vous (until this year, his best result has been the quarter-finals, in 2013) and has shown the same level of toughness and game which had enabled him to win the Australian Open in 2014. A tournament in which he had defeated Djokovic in an epic five-set thriller on his way to the title.
In his last two matches at the French Open, the Swiss has defeated his good friend and countryman Roger Federer in three solid sets, before a four-hour marathon 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-6(3), 6-4 semifinal win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
In the final, Wawrinka will have absolutely nothing to lose which, combined to his current level, could be a lethal combination for Djokovic.
Nevertheless, if he does not get overwhelmed by the situation, it will be difficult to see another outcome than the world number one finally achieving his dream. After all, he is coming into this championship battle having lost only two matches so far this season, and having won his last 27 encounters, which include two convincing and rather straightforward triumphs over the King of Clay himself, Rafael Nadal, the last one making him only the second player to defeat the Spaniard at the French Open.