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This Is What Making Your First Grand Slam Final In Six Tries Looks Like

Well done, David Ferrer.

1. Spain’s David Ferrer needed a win today at the French Open to avoid earning a rare distinction: Losing in six career Grand Slam semifinals without ever having gone on to a final.


Roland Garros

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Mr. David Ferrer, a few minutes ago. Contesting his sixth major SF. Never been to a final… #RG13

2. But today, Ferrer (a.k.a. The Little Beast) finally broke through to the finals of a Grand Slam, knocking out Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

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Roland Garros

@rolandgarros

HUGE win for Ferrer! #RG13

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10. Tsonga? Yeah, not quite so happy with the day’s result as his attempt to become the first Frenchman in 30 years to win the French Open (Yannick Noah, 1983) fell far short.

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11. Ferrer’s opponent in the final will be Rafael Nadal, who’s won this event seven times and knocked off top-seeded Novak Djokovic in five sets today (and made this crazy face).

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12. Good thing the Little Beast has the game-face game to match up. (Whether he’ll be competitive with Nadal, against whom he has a career 4-19 record, remains to be seen.)

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