Nadal has beaten Djokovic at the French Open in all five of their meetings, starting with a quarterfinal victory in 2006. They also met in the semifinals in 2007, '08 and '13, and in the final in 2012.
The second-seeded Djokovic, however, has beaten Nadal the last four times they have played, including on clay in the final in Rome last month.
"I'm going to try to be aggressive, because that is the only way I can win against him," Djokovic said. "I know that, of course, this is the court he's most dominant on. He has only lost one time in his career. This is where he plays his best."
The winner on Sunday will also be ranked No. 1 on Monday. Nadal is currently at the top, but needs to extend his French Open winning streak to 35 matches to stay there.
He certainly played like the No. 1 on Friday.
Nadal jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set, then broke early again in the second and third sets. The Spaniard had six break points in the entire match, and converted each one.
Murray, meanwhile, couldn't even manage to earn a single break point.
Besides his eight titles at the French Open, Nadal has also won twice at Wimbledon, twice at the U.S. Open and once at the Australian Open. Sampras won 14 major titles in his career, but never the French Open. The record holder is Roger Federer with 17 Grand Slam titles. He won his 14th in Paris in 2009, the only French Open in which Nadal lost a match.
P Saturday, 7 a.m.
TV • Ch. 5
At Stade Roland Garros, Paris
Purse • $34.12 million (Grand Slam)
Surface • Clay-Outdoor
Rafael Nadal (1), Spain, def. Andy Murray (7), Britain, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. Novak Djokovic (2), Serbia, def. Ernests Gulbis (18), Latvia, 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.