"I played him so many times here," Federer said of the Spaniard. "I know how incredible he can be here."
He is 0-5 against Nadal at Roland Garros, including in the finals of 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011, when Federer failed to follow up on his masterful semifinal performance that ended Djokovic's 43-match winning streak.
Federer's only French Open title was in 2009, when Nadal's lone loss came in the fourth round. That allowed Federer to complete a career Grand Slam, something Nadal did the following year. Djokovic can be the eighth man to achieve the feat.
To do that, though, Djokovic will need to make it past the French Open semifinals for the first time.
And guess who he was drawn to meet at that stage? Yes, Federer again.
"I had the best year and a half of my career. I believe that I'm at the peak of my career at this moment," Djokovic said. "I definitely want to use this confidence that I have and try to make a good result here in Roland Garros."
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