French Open 2013: Rafael Nadal Will Cruise by David Ferrer for 8th Career Title

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJune 9, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 07:  Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point in the men's singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 7, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Don't expect Rafael Nadal to need nearly five hours and five sets to defeat David Ferrer in Sunday's 2013 French Open final.

After surviving a determined Novak Djokovic in the semifinals on Friday, Rafa is just one win away from an astounding eighth career championship at Roland Garros. And with the prize in sight, look for Nadal to cruise on Court Philippe Chatrier, making short work of his compatriot en route to his 12th career Grand Slam crown.

While Ferrer does a lot of things extremely well on the tennis court, especially on clay, he hasn't been much of a match for Nadal over the years (via Roland Garros):

Rafa is 3-0 against Ferrer in 2013, beating him most recently on the red clay in Madrid and Rome.

Coming in, Ferrer is no doubt a hot player, and perhaps the stronger of the two on paper. He hasn't dropped a single set since the tournament began and he's dominating on return, having won 42 return games total over his six matches at Roland Garros.

But the most important stat is in Nadal's favor: The 27-year-old is 58-1 all-time at this venue, having won 27 straight matches on the red clay of Paris dating back to 2010. 

And while no player knows the feeling of playing for the French Open championship quite like Nadal, Ferrer is on the opposite end of the spectrum. He's brand new to this stage, making his first-ever Grand Slam final appearance this weekend.

Nerves could play a big role early in this match for Ferrer, and on top of that, he'll be assigned the nearly impossible task of taking not two, but three sets off Nadal on clay.

Robin Soderling is the only man who can say he's accomplished that feat, doing so in the fourth round of the 2009 French Open. But that was four years ago, and Rafa looks stronger than ever coming into this final.

His movement is as good as it ever has been. Plus, his power and relentlessness are unmatched at the moment.

Ferrer is no slouch who lucked his way into the final, but the argument can be made that he's an under-qualified finalist considering he avoided each of the Big Three in the draw.

The bottom line is that Nadal has and continues to be the man to beat at the French Open. He's proven to be unbeatable time and again at Roland Garros, and on Sunday the story will be the same.


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