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Paris, France (Sports Network) - Six-time champion Rafael Nadal whipped fellow Spaniard David Ferrer on Friday to reach a men's Open Era-record seventh French Open final.
The second seed and former world No. 1 superstar steamrolled a sixth- seeded Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in Friday's opening semifinal on Court Chatrier. Nadal will meet the Novak Djokovic-Roger Federer winner in the lucrative final on Sunday.
Nadal-Ferrer was interrupted by rain for 55 minutes in the second set on Day 13, with the score at 6-2, 4-1. When the players returned to the court, the luck did not change for Ferrer.
The amazing Nadal has lost only one set in seven semifinals at the French.
The reigning two-time Roland Garros titlist Nadal improved to 16-4 lifetime against Ferrer, including a 3-0 record this year and a quarterfinal victory here in Paris back in 2005. Nadal has now won their last five meetings.
Nadal is an astounding 51-1 lifetime at Roland Garros and has yet to lose a set at this 2012 French fortnight. The 10-time Grand Slam champ beat Federer in last year's finale at the world's lone clay-court major.
The powerful Nadal is trying to become the first man in the Open Era to capture seven French Open titles. He and Bjorn Borg are both six-time winners.
Nadal is 49-21 in his career ATP finals, including a 3-1 mark this year. He lost to Djokovic in the Australian Open finale and has fallen at the hands of the mighty Serb in the last three major title matches.
The 26-year-old Nadal is 10-5 in his career Grand Slam finals, including a flawless 6-0 record at the French.
The 30-year-old Ferrer competed in his first-ever French Open semifinal and third career Grand Slam semi (0-3) on Friday.
The 2012 French Open champion will earn more than $1.5 million.
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