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Anti Gay Marriage Protest Roland Garros French Open Final Nadal vs Ferrer

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A little more than a decade ago, two Spaniards were competing in the French Open final for the third time. What was different this time was that unlike the previous two occasions, this final symbolized the pinnacle of Spanish dominance of proceedings in Roland Garros. Albert Costa and Juan Carlos Ferrero had been joined in the semi-finals by Alex Corretja. It was clear to everyone that Spanish hegemony over the centre court in Paris was something tennis aficionados would've to get accustomed to. Fast forward a decade and its plainly obvious that the match between Juan Carlos Ferrero and Alberto Coasta was not the pinnacle, in fact, it was merely the prelude to something far bigger. One thing that is absolutely certain is that the last decade has indeed been one of Spanish domination on the red clay of Paris but that domination has been brought about by one hegemon: Rafael Nadal. In this year's final, Nadal will be part of a fourth all Spanish affair in the open era. Standing in his way is compatriot and good friend, David Ferrer. If Ferrer wins, it will be break his duck in the majors and add some deserving shine on what has been a brilliant yet understated career. Nadal on the other hand knows all about winning at Roland Garros and should that happen, the Manacor will be lonely at the peak as the only tennis player in the history of the game to have won eight French Opens. David Ferrer's run at this year's French Open has been astonishing. The pint sized Spaniard who is often compared to a pit-bull, has breezed through to his first Grand Slam final without losing a single set. In fact, in all his matches he has never really looked like losing a set. His domination of all his rivals has been so complete that some would fear that he has come into the final relatively untested. Despite the pit-bull references, the one thing that has been most evident about Ferrer's game, especially in this year's French Open, has been how aggressive the Valanecian has been. The fourth seed is often criticized of choking on the big occasion -- mostly against the big four of men's tennis- simply because he plays reactive tennis instead of taking the initiative. In this year's French Open, Ferrer has left absolutely no room for such criticism. Against all his opponents -- none of them in the top four of the game prior to Nadal -- have been beaten instead of them losing. Ferrer has camped closer to the base line and tried to dictate traffic as often as possible. Another aspect of Ferrer's game -- especially evident against Jo Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-final -- is his return game. Against Tsonga, I lost count to the number of time that Ferrer sent a 200km/hr serve back with interest. As the match progressed, the look on Tsonga's face after a lot of huge serves was one of disbelief, completely bamboozled by the speed and depth with which some of these returns were coming back. Against Nadal, Ferrer's return game will have to be spot on. Ferrer has to make sure that he capitalizes if Rafa is unable to get a high percentage of first serves in. This factor could be crucial in deciding the kind of start Ferrer get offs to. More than the champion, it's easy to see that it is essential for the challenger to get off to a quick start and create some sort of doubt in Nadal's head. Another point to be noted is that a lot of Djokovic's success in the semi-final and in his win over Nadal in Monte Carlo hinged around forcing Rafa to play a backhand after his serve. Ferrer will have plenty of tapes to go over, a lot of them recent -- the pair met in both the ATP 1000 Masters events in Rome and Madrid. Ferrer will surely try and emulate his performance for a set and a half from Madrid and his second set from Rome. In both sets Ferrer's aggressive ground strokes and excellent returns asked Nadal all sorts of uncomfortable questions. french open 2013,ronald garros 2013,rafael nadal,david ferrer,rafael nadal vs david ferrer,nadal vs ferrer,french open final 2...