French Open 2013: Predicting Winners of Finals Matchups

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French Open 2013: Predicting Winners of Finals Matchups
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Serena Williams will meet Maria Sharapova in the women's final on Saturday; while David Ferrer will take on Rafael Nadal in an All-Spanish men's final at the French Open on Sunday.

The favorites of both matchups are pretty clear. Williams is playing great tennis and she has had enormous success against Sharapova.

Nadal looks to be playing at an elite level again and he has owned Ferrer in their careers. While some may be hoping for riveting and competitive finals, it is hard to see either underdog putting up much of a fight.

 

Serena Will Again Dominate Sharapova

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Winning the 2012 French Open and reaching the final again this year will have to be enough for Sharapova. The 26-year-old Russian has had the hardest time with the world's No. 1 player and Saturday will be no different.

Williams will run her record against Sharapova to 14-2 overall and 4-1 in Grand Slam events on Saturday. Sharapova struggled a bit in her last two matches, and that doesn't bode well for her in the final.

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She was extended to three sets by Jelena Jankovic in the quarterfinals and understandably pushed by Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals. Sharapova appears to be playing well, but she's not at her best. It would be hard to think that she would go into this match against her nemesis with a ton of confidence.

Williams just destroyed Sara Errani 6-0. 6-1 and she has looked more dominant on clay than she ever has in this tournament.

I'd be surprised if this match sees a third set and shocked if Sharapova pulls the upset. Look for Serena to grab her second French Open title and 16th Grand Slam title on Saturday.

 

Nadal Will Again Tame Ferrer

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Make no mistake, the real men's final took place on Friday when Nadal outlasted world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a five-set classic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 9-7.

While it's possible the French crowd could have given Jo-Wilfried Tsonga energy to make the final interesting against Nadal, the battle with Ferrer will be anti-climatic.

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Nadal is 19-4 against Ferrer lifetime and that includes a mark of 16-1 on clay and 2-0 at Roland Garros. The only time Ferrer has ever beaten Nadal on clay came in their first meeting back in 2004.

If the Nadal-Ferrer match goes true to form, it will be the eighth French Open title of Nadal's Hall of Fame career and his second four-peat as champion.

Barring an injury or an act of God, you can take this one to the bank.

 

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