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Rafael Nadal is regarded as the 'King of Clay' among the tennis fraternity but he could have a real contender to his throne come the French Open, with David Ferrer on a scintillating run of form.

The 29-year-old from Alicante is the second highest-ranked Spaniard behind Nadal and currently leads the ATP World Tour form books with a 19-1 season record. His only loss of 2012 came in the Australian Open quarter-finals to Novak Djokovic and those looking at the tennis betting need to remember this.

Ferrer is regarded as a clay court specialist and this has been proven as already this year he was won three titles, with back-to-back clay court tournament wins in Buenos Aires and Acapulco.

Nadal has of course dominated the French Open over the last decade with six wins in the last seven years, but Ferrer is going to be coming into this tournament with some real impetus behind him and is highly likely to beat his previous-best showing of the quarter-finals.

His agility and fitness means he can control the baseline and wear down his opponents – which is a vital component of clay court tennis – and Ferrer will be a dangerous man among the French Open draw. Fans of Betfair cannot rule him out.

The tournament gets underway at Rolland Garros on May17th and Nadal will be looking to make history and become the first man to win seven French Open titles.

Last year's epic final over Roger Federer took him level with Bjorn Borg with six titles – and there could even be an all-Spanish final if Ferrer takes his current play all the way through to the French Open.
 
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