Nadal unsure on favourite tag

Rafael Nadal has played down his status as the favourite heading into Sunday’s French Open final and admits that he cannot take compatriot David Ferrer lightly (Match Betting – Nadal 1/10, Ferrer, 11/2).

Nadal beat world number one Novak Djokovic in a dramatic semi-final on Friday to book his place in the Roland Garros showpiece for the eighth time in nine years and victory would cap a remarkable comeback following the knee injury that kept him out of the second half of 2012.

However, the ‘King of Clay’ certainly won’t have it his own way against Ferrer, who has reaffirmed his reputation as one of the game’s finest players by making it through to the final without dropping a single set.

Despite his great friend’s form, Nadal (4/1 Wimbledon outright) is still the huge favourite going into the match and few would bet against him claiming a record eighth French Open title.

The 27-year-old is keen to ensure he doesn’t get ahead of himself though and despite being pleased with his form in the tournament he knows Sunday’s final is anything but a formality.

“I don’t feel favourite. I feel that I am finalist. I arrived to the final playing well,” he said. “I improved a little bit in every match during the tournament.”

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