Rafael Nadal is looking to win his ninth Italian Open while Djokovic is attempting to triumph for the fifth time in Rome.
Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been well-balanced in their 53 match-ups, with the latter narrowly edging the battles with 28 wins.
Serbian Djokovic is aiming to win his 74th ATP title while Nadal will be hoping he can keep up his clay form ahead of the French Open.
And ahead of their clash, Nadal has warned his opponent that if he continues to play better, the Spaniard knows victory will be within reach.
“If I play better, I know I’m going to have chances to be in finals and to win semi-final matches,” Nadal said.
“If you are not playing well, [beating] the best players of the world is much more difficult.
“I have margin to keep improving. But, I am doing the right steps to be there.”
Djokovic, meanwhile, had lots of positive things to say about Sunday’s opponent.
“He [Nadal] is one of the greatest champions this game has ever seen,” Djokovic said.
“His mentality, his approach, his resilience, ability to fight back after a long absence from the tour, injuries, surgeries, he’s had it all.
“He keeps on showing to the world why he’s one of the biggest legends of tennis history.
“I have the greatest respect for him.”
Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic live stream – how to watch
Coverage of Rafael Nadal’s match against Novak Djokovic is being broadcast on Amazon Prime Video.
This year, Prime Video will broadcast on-site, live studio coverage across tournaments, including at the BNP Paribas Open from Indian Wells, the Fever Tree Championships from The Queens Club, the US Open, and the Nitto ATP Finals from The O2.
On-site field reporters will bring customers the latest action, analysis and commentary right from the court side at many tournaments.
In addition to 37 ATP Tour events and the US Open available exclusively on Prime Video with a Prime membership, Prime members in the UK who subscribe to Eurosport Player through Prime Video Channels for an additional £6.99 per month (following a 7-day free trial) will also benefit from full coverage of the French Open, and daily highlights and live coverage from the men’s and women’s finals of Wimbledon in 2019.
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