David Ferrer relishing 'dream' final against Rafa Nadal at French Open
Last Updated: June 8, 2013 1:44pm
David Ferrer celebrates reaching his first Grand Slam final
David Ferrer is determined to give Rafa Nadal another big test in Sunday's French Open final.
Ferrer dispatched home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 to reach the first Grand Slam final of his career.
The match was a huge anti-climax following the epic first semi-final between Nadal and Novak Djokovic, which the Spaniard won 9-7 in the fifth.
Ferrer, 31, has won just four times in 23 attempts against Nadal, and he has lost their last 16 meetings on clay.
"I want to play a great match that meets the standards of a Grand Slam final."
'The Mosquito's' one hope is that Nadal's marathon victory over Djokovic has sapped the reigning champion's energy.
"I can't relax really because there is still the final that I need to play," he said.
"It's a very important match and I want to do well. I want to play a great match that meets the standards of a Grand Slam final.
"So I don't want to celebrate right now saying, ok, I made it to the final.
"I'm feeling good. I'm very happy to be in the final here - it's a dream. Roland Garros is the most important tournament for me.
"I'm trying to take care of my body. I'm older but I have more experience. It's a dream now. I want to enjoy the moment and to be focused for the final with Rafa."
Tsonga and Ferrer were both surprised to see empty seats in the stands, though the missing spectators were perhaps exhausted after watching the previous match.
"It was strange because the stands were not completely filled. It was weird," Tsonga said. "But today he clearly was better than me, there is not much to be said about it. He was even faster than I had imagined."