Ferrer not finished just yet

David Ferrer is determined to use all of his experience to do himself justice in Sunday’s French Open final against Rafael Nadal (Nadal 1/10, Ferrer 11/2 – Match Prices).

The 31-year-old booked his place in the final with a straight-sets victory over home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while Nadal came through yet another epic five-set encounter with world number one Novak Djokovic.

It will be the first time that Ferrer has appeared in a Grand Slam final, having reached five semi-finals and the same number of quarter-finals in a stellar career to date.

Conversely, his compatriot has already lifted the trophy at Roland Garros on seven previous occasions and is widely recognised as the finest clay-court player the sport has ever seen.

Nadal is an overwhelming favourite to make it eight this weekend and is 8/11 to pull off a straight-sets victory over the Valencia-born star in Paris.

Ferrer will hope his opponent’s gruelling encounter with Djokovic will have left him drained for Sunday’s showpiece, but the Majorcan has shown incredible powers of recovery over the years and has only lost to Ferrer four times in their 23 meetings, while winning their last 16 encounters on clay.

Everything points to another Nadal success but Ferrer is desperate to make sure that he gives a good account of himself in the French capital.

“It’s a very important match and I want to do well. I want to play a great match that meets the standards of a Grand Slam final,” he said.

“I’m feeling good. I’m very happy to be in the final here – it’s a dream. I’m older but I have more experience.”

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