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Will Nadal become the first player to win eight French Open titles?

June 09, 2013 09:39 IST

Facts and figures on Sunday's all-Spanish men's French Open final between Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer:

Nadal (58-1) will become the player with the most match wins in French Open history if he wins the title. He is tied with Swiss Roger Federer (58-14) and Argentine Guillermo Vilas (58-17).

Rafael NadalHe will be the first male player with eight titles in the same Grand Slam tournament.

Head-to-head record:

Nadal leads 19-4

* Nadal has won their previous 16 matches on clay.

* Ferrer won their first meeting on clay in 2004 (Stuttgart), the only time he has beaten Nadal on clay


* Nadal is on a 12-match winning streak against Spanish opposition

* He has not lost to a Spanish player in a final in 13 previous matches

Titles this year (surface):

Nadal: Sao Paulo (clay), Acapulco (clay), Indian Wells (hard), Barcelona (clay), Madrid (clay), Rome (clay)

Ferrer:Auckland (hard), Buenos Aires (clay)

Prize money:

The winner receives 1,500,000 euros, the runner-up receives 750,000 euros.

ATP rankings:

Nadal will drop to fifth in the rankings regardless of the result.

Ferrer will climb to fourth if he loses or to a career-high third if he wins.

All-Spanish Grand Slam finals:

1994 French Open: 6-Sergio Bruguera beat Alberto Berasategui 6-3, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1

1998 French Open: 12-Carlos Moya beat 14-Alex Corretja 6-3, 7-5, 6-3

2002 French Open: 20-Albert Costa beat 11-Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.

Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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