Nadal stands before Djokovic dream
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will meet in a fourth consecutive grand slam final at the French Open on Sunday, and the prize for the winner will be more than just the Coupe des Mousquetaires.
The Spaniard goes in as favourite after showing once again what supreme form he is in with a 6-2 6-2 6-1 thrashing of David Ferrer, while Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-4 7-5 6-3 in the other semi-final. The Serbian, who would become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four grand slam titles, admits Nadal has the advantage on this surface.
He said: "He's the favourite, definitely. But it's a final so I think it's unpredictable what's going to happen because we are top two players, and we have played so many times the last year and a half in so many finals. I believe in myself. I think I have a chance."
Despite the straight sets victory over Federer, Djokovic is still not happy with his form after he had to save four match points against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday. He said: "I think I would really want myself not to have the downs that I had at the beginning of the second set.
"But I regrouped mentally and I came back. That's really a positive, especially when you come back from a double break down. Against a player like Federer, it is a great achievement."
Nadal, who can clinch a a seventh Roland Garros crown and surpass the record mark he currently shares with Bjorn Borg, put on an absolute masterclass against Ferrer, who simply could do nothing about the relentless power and accuracy of his opponent.
He won 19 of the last 22 points in the opening set and even a break in the second for a heavy shower did nothing to put the 26-year-old off his rhythm as he clinched victory in an hour and 46 minutes.
The Spaniard goes into Sunday's final having lost his serve only once, not dropped a set and lost just 35 games - the fewest since Borg dropped 27 in 1978 on his way to the final.
Nadal said: "It was one of my best matches on this court. In my opinion I did almost everything right, because my serve worked very well, my backhand was the best day so far. I am very happy, but sorry for David. He's a great fighter. He's always there week after week.
"I really don't like to talk about perfection, because that, in my opinion, doesn't exist. You can always play better."