The King of Clay will rule the day.
Rafael Nadal will easily win his eighth French Open title on Sunday against David Ferrer.
Nadal's superiority on clay will render the men's final at Roland Garros anticlimactic compared to his epic five-set match against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
Ferrer is a good player. He's No. 5 in the world right now and has won 20 career ATP titles—no small feat, to be sure. That said, he's nowhere near Nadal's level when it comes to playing on clay, and this is his first appearance in a men's final in a Grand Slam event.
The two men have faced one another 23 times in their careers, with Nadal winning 19 of those matches, as shown by Rafaholics on Twitter.
Taking it a step further, Nadal has won all but one of their matches on clay surfaces, as noted by ESPN Stats & Info:
David Ferrer is 1-16 in his career on clay against Rafael Nadal— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 8, 2013
Judging by the history between these two men, Ferrer doesn't stand a chance. As Tennis Connected put it, Ferrer is in danger of a "beat down" by Nadal on Sunday:
You gotta respect Ferrer for staying at it for so many years. However, I'm fearful of a beat down on Sunday at the hands of Nadal. #rg13— Tennis Connected (@TennisConnected) June 7, 2013
In addition to the overwhelmingly lop-sided history between these two Spanish tennis stars, Nadal has been on a tear lately. He took a seven-month hiatus from the ATP Tour with knee injuries and needed to give his body a chance to recover.
Since coming back to the tour in February, Nadal has lost just two matches—the last of which occurred in mid-April when Djokovic defeated him in the men's final at Monte Carlo. He's claimed 21 straight victories since that loss—winning matches in every conceivable way.
He last faced Ferrer at the Rome Masters, where he beat his countryman in three sets. Ferrer tested him in that contest, but even on a subpar day Nadal was able to prevail.
Nadal will _____ Ferrer in the men's final?
Ferrer has played well thus far at Roland Garros in 2013, and in no way should his performance be discounted.
But he's not faced a single test like the one he'll face against Nadal on Sunday, thanks to a weak bottom half of the men's draw. He hasn't faced a man like Nadal, who can cover more ground than any other player in the world on clay surfaces.
In the end, Nadal will easily claim his eighth title at Roland Garros to take his place in the history books, and Ferrer will once again come up short in a Grand Slam event.
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