French Open: All that you need to know before Nadal vs Ferrer final

Updated: 09 June 2013 10:24 IST

Rafael Nadal may have had a huge advantage over very good friend and compatriot David Ferrer up till now but the Spaniard will know that his fellow country-man has all the ingredients and qualities to overcome all that and clinch the 2013 French Open men's singles title.

Paris:

Penpix of Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer who will contest the French Open men's final at Roland Garros on Sunday:

RAFAEL NADAL (ESP)

World ranking: 4

Age: 27

Birthdate: June 3, 1986

Birthplace: Manacor, Mallorca, Spain

Residence: Manacor, Mallorca, Spain

Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

Weight: 188 lbs (85 kg)

Plays: Left-handed

Turned Pro: 2001

Coach: Toni Nadal

Website: www.rafaelnadal.com

Twitter: @RafaelNadal

Career singles titles: 56

Grand Slam singles titles: 11 (Australian Open 2009; French Open 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012; Wimbledon 2008, 2010; US Open 2010)

Career prize money: $53,801,264

Best French Open result: Champion (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)

- No man has ever won eight singles titles at the same Grand Slam event and Nadal, with a 19-4 record over Ferrer, is the overwhelming favourite. Took his record in Paris to 58 wins from 59 matches with his epic five-set triumph over Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

DAVID FERRER (ESP)

World ranking: 5

Age: 31

Birthdate: April 2, 1982

Birthplace: Javea, Spain

Residence: Valencia, Spain

Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

Weight: 160 lbs (73 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned pro: 2000

Coach: Javier Piles

Website: www.davidferrer.com

Twitter: @DavidFerrer87

Career singles titles: 20

Grand Slam singles titles: 0

Career prize money: $18,544,109

Best French Open result: Final (2013)

- In another era, Ferrer, nicknamed 'The Bulldozer', probably would have earned a respectable haul of major titles. Has reached his first Grand Slam final at the 42nd attempt and has reached the final without dropping a set.

Head-to-head record for Sunday's French Open men's final (year, tournament, surface, round, winner, score; x denotes seeded player):

Rafael Nadal (ESP x3) v David Ferrer (ESP x4)

Nadal leads 19-4

2013 Rome Clay QF Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

2013 Madrid Clay QF Nadal 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-0

2013 Acapulco Clay F Nadal 6-0, 6-2

2012 French Open Clay SF Nadal 6-2, 6-2, 6-1

2012 Rome Clay SF Nadal 7-6 (8/6), 6-0

2012 Barcelona Clay F Nadal 7-6 (7/1), 7-5

2011 Barcelona Clay F Nadal 6-2, 6-4

2011 Monte Carlo Clay F Nadal 6-4, 7-5

2011 Australian Open Hard QF Ferrer 6-4, 6-2, 6-3

2010 Rome Clay F Nadal 7-5, 6-2

2010 Monte Carlo Clay SF Nadal 6-2, 6-3

2010 Miami Hard R16 Nadal 7-6 (7/5), 6-4

2009 Montreal Hard R32 Nadal 4-3 - retired

2009 Barcelona Clay F Nadal 6-2, 7-5

2008 Barcelona Clay F Nadal 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

2008 Monte Carlo Clay QF Nadal 6-1, 7-5

2007 Shanghai Hard RR Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

2007 US Open Hard R16 Ferrer 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2

2007 Barcelona Clay SF Nadal 7-5, 6-1

2005 French Open Clay QF Nadal 7-5, 6-2, 6-0

2005 Rome Clay SF Nadal 4-6, 6-4, 7-5

2005 Miami Hard SF Nadal 6-4, 6-3

2004 Stuttgart Clay QF Ferrer 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 7-5

Paths to Sunday's French Open men's singles final (x denotes seeded player):

Rafael Nadal (ESP x3) v David Ferrer (ESP x4)

Nadal

1st rd: bt Daniel Brands (GER) 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 6-3

2nd rd: bt Martin Klizan (AUT) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

3rd rd: bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x27) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-4

4th rd: bt Kei Nishikori (JPN x13) 6-4, 6-1, 6-3

QF: bt Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x9) 6-2, 6-3, 6-1

SF: bt Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3/7), 9-7

Ferrer

1st rd: bt Marinko Matosevic (AUS) 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

2nd rd: bt Albert Montanes (ESP) 6-2, 6-1, 6-3

3rd rd: bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-1, 7-5, 6-4

4th rd: bt Kevin Anderson (RSA x23) 6-3, 6-1, 6-1

QF: bt Tommy Robredo (ESP x32) 6-2, 6-1, 6-1

SF: bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x6) 6-1, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2

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