Video games pal Ferrer deserves starring role, says Nadal

Nadal will take a 19-4 career record over Ferrer into the final with 16 of those wins coming on clay. Ferrer's only win over Nadal on the surface was back in 2004 at Stuttgart, the pair's first meeting when the seven-time French Open champion was just 16.

updated: June 09, 2013 10:13 IST
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Paris: Rafael Nadal insisted video games rival and close friend David Ferrer deserves his chance at a Grand Slam title and anybody who claims otherwise is ignorant of the sport.

Nadal will become the first man in history to win the same major eight times if he beats his Spanish compatriot in Sunday's final at Roland Garros.

With a Paris record of 58 wins from 59 matches, Nadal, in his 17th Grand Slam final is the overwhelming favourite but has backed his 31-year-old rival to shine after making his first final at the 42nd time of asking.

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