The semi-final round is in the books, and Spain’s David Ferrer and fellow countryman Rafael Nadal are set to square off for French Open title. Both men survived challenges to get to this point, and are hoping to walk off the clay with a Grand Slam championship after their match on Sunday.
France has to be disappointed, it came so close to having a native Frenchman take home the title for the first time in thirty years at Roland Garros. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a native Frenchman, was in the semi-final match against David Ferrer. He lost the match in straight sets 6-1, 7-6, 6-2, and as a result France will have to go at least another year before breaking their streak at Roland Garros. It has been 25 years since they have even sent a man to the final of the event.
Tsonga was unhappy with his play and the officials all day long. Throughout the match he argued calls of whether or not a ball landed in bounds. He lost all three plays he chose to argue, and went home grumbling. Ferrer was able to control both him and the fans, taking the crowd out of the match and seizing momentum with a 6-1 first set victory.
The last Frenchman to win the French Open on Roland Garros was Yannick Noah in 1983. Henri Leconte was the most recent to reach the final in 1988.
David Ferrer has reached a personal milestone already in this tournament and hopes to add to the magical experience with another victory on Sunday. In his 41 previous Grand Slam events, the Spaniard has never made it to a tournament final. It’s not that he has done poorly in his events, rather he has won 102 matches in these events. The monkey is off his back once and for all, and he is in a way playing with house money as he heads into this final match against Nadal, having already accomplished a personal milestone.
Rafael Nadal on the other hand has been near unbeatable at Roland Garros, the site of the French Open title. He boasts a record of 58-1 on the clay surface of the French Open, having already captured seven titles in this tournament alone. With a victory on Sunday against Davis Ferrer, he will become the first player in the history of tennis to win a title at the same Grand Slam event eight times.
Ferrer enters his French Open title match against Rafael Nadal on a hot streak that would put fear in most opponents. He has become just the eighth man in the Open era of tennis to enter the final match at Roland Garros without dropping a single set in the tournament to this point.
Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in an epic match today in his semi-final match, retaining the title of king of clay until the title match Sunday against Ferrer. The back and forth match was scored 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 9-7. Djokovic was the number one ranked player in the world heading into the match.
Both David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal enter this French Open title match on incredible hot streaks. Ferrer has not lost a set all tournament long, while Nadal boasts the incredible 58-1 record on the clay court at Roland Garros, and is seeking his 8th French Open title. Grand Slam may not be a big enough word to showcase the fireworks that we are certain to see in France on Sunday.
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