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Finally! David Ferrer celebrates after he booked his place into his first career Grand Slam final on Friday.
The last two first-time Grand Slam finalists that were able to win the title were Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open and Rafael Nadal at the 2005 French Open.
The big Argentine del Potro has failed to get back to another major final, but things might have been different for him had he not suffered a severe wrist injury shortly after capturing the title in New York four years ago. He is still very much in the prime of his career and has a chance to get back to that level.
Nadal, meanwhile, soared after winning his first Slam title and now has 11 to his credit. He was just a teenager when he won the 2005 French Open, but is now considered one of the greatest players of all time.
Ferrer winning this title would represent a much different story of a first-time finalist capturing the trophy. He is 31 years old and while he is playing the best tennis of his career, no one expects someone that age to win his first Grand Slam.
Not only would he be defying traditional tennis logic if he won this year in Roland Garros, but he would be scoring perhaps the biggest upset in the championship match of a Grand Slam in the history of the game.
Nadal is going for his eighth French Open title in nine appearances, meaning he has lost just one match in his life at this tournament. As the King of Clay, he is almost invincible over a five-set format, as World No. 1 Novak Djokovic found out Friday.
Combine Nadal's history at Paris with his dominance over Ferrer (20-4 overall, 16-1 on clay), and the 11-time Grand Slam champion goes into the final as the huge favorite. A win by Ferrer in this match would be as shocking as they come in the business.