French Open: Nadal plays down favourite tag as history calls

He has won 58 out of 59 matches at Roland Garros and boasts a 19-4 winning record over Ferrer. Sixteen of those wins have been on clay. The 31-year-old Ferrer has won just one of their claycourt encounters and that was their first career meeting in 2004 when Nadal was just 16.

updated: June 09, 2013 10:16 IST
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Paris: Rafael Nadal has played down his role as favourite for an historic eighth French Open title and expects David Ferrer to make the most of his maiden Grand Slam final appearance on Sunday.

Defending champion Nadal will become the first man to win the same major eight times if he beats compatriot Ferrer who has made his first Grand Slam final at the 42nd time of asking.

"I don't feel favourite. I feel that I am finalist. I arrived to the final playing well. I improved a little bit in every match during the tournament," said Nadal.

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