Spaniards Meet In Paris Finale

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Rafael Nadal  can win his eighth French Open title by beating compatriot David Ferrer  in the Men’s Singles final at Roland Garros on Sunday night (AEST). Since being crowned champion for the first time as a 19 year-old in 2005, the left-hander has won on the Paris clay except in 2009, when he bowed out to eventual runner-up Robin Soderling in the 4th round.

The former world number one scored an epic five set win  over top seed Novak Djokovic in the semi-final after dropping just 14 six games against in-from Swiss ace Stanislas Wawrinka in the last eight. Nadal has been in complete control of his game at Roland Garros, with the Spaniard making little more than half as many unforced errors as his opponents in his past two matches.

David Ferrer had a much easier passage to the decider than his countryman, sailing past local hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets  in their semi-final meeting two days ago. While the 31 year-old doesn’t have the same big match experience as his younger opponent – this is his first grand slam final – Ferrer is in career best form and hasn’t dropped a set in any of his six matches in Paris this year.

Nadal is known as the ‘king of clay’ for a reason, having won 214 matches and lost just nine on the red surface since winning here for the first time eight years ago. The only time that Ferrer has won any of the 17 meetings between the pair on the surface was way back in 2004, and Nadal has won all 16 since. Ferrer will take some solace from the fact that he took a set off the Spaniard in the two most recent clashes this season however, and he won the first set  when they did battle in the last eight at the Madrid Masters last month.

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