Paris: Rafael Nadal believes his sixth French Open triumph can pave the way for successful defences of his Wimbledon and US Open titles which would boost his Grand Slam collection to twelve. (In Pics: Nadal's six French Open triumphs)
World number one Nadal equalled Bjorn Borg's record of six Roland Garros titles with a 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 5-7, 6-1 win over old rival Roger Federer as he took his career Paris record to 45 victories against just one defeat.
It was also his 17th win in 25 meetings against Federer and the perfect tonic as he plans to thwart the Swiss star's hopes of regaining his Wimbledon title next month.
"The French Open is always the most special tournament for me and it gives me my biggest chance of the year. So if I win here, I know my year is going to be fantastic," said the 25-year-old Spaniard.