The Spanish No1 takes on the Spanish No2 as Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay faces the man who has not yet dropped a set in the tournament David Ferrer.
Rafael Nadal holds a 19-4 record vs David Ferrer this includes 3-1 at majors, 16-1 on clay and 8 straight wins. The last time the duo met was Rome when Nadal won 6-4 4-6 6-2.
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David Ferrer to serve first against Rafael Nadal in this first set.
David Ferrer holds his serve to start, 1-0. He's looking to become the 5th man over 30 to win the French Open after Gimeno in 1972, Rosewall 1968, Laver 1969 and Gomez 1990.
Rafael Nadal also holds serve to make it 1-1 against David Ferrer in the first set.
Rafael Nadal has a 11-5 record in Grand Slam finals.
Rafael Nadal breaks David Ferrer to make it 2-1 in the first set.
In the Open Era, 6 Spaniards-Gimeno, Bruguera, Moya, Costa, Ferrero and Nadal have won a combined 13 French Open titles, the most of any country.
Rafael Nadal fails to consolidate the break as David Ferrer makes it 2-2.
'The fastest man in the world' Usain Bolt who will present the men's trophy to either Rafael Nadal or David Ferrer is seen with French Tennis Federation (FFT) president Jean Gachassin in the stands.
David Ferrer holds serve to go 3-2 up against Rafael Nadal in the first set.
Rafael Nadal holds his serve to make it 3-3 against David Ferrer.
A drizzle begins as the players continue to play.
Rafael Nadal breaks the David Ferrer serve to go 4-3 up.
Will Rafael Nadal be able to hold his serve or will David Ferrer break again to even things out in the first set?
Rafael Nadal consolidates the break to make it 5-3 against David Ferrer who will serve to stay in the first set.
Rafael Nadal takes the first set 6-3 as he breaks David Ferrer.
David Ferrer loses his first set in the tournament.
Rafael Nadal to serve first in the second set.
With some difficulty but Rafael Nadal manages to hold his serve to go 1-0 up in the second set.
Rafael Nadal breaks David Ferrer to go up 2-0 in the second set.
Rafael Nadal holds his serve to go 3-0 up in the second set against David Ferrer.
If Rafael Nadal wins here it would be his 59th career win at Roland Garros making him the leader in all-time wins surpassing Federer and Vilas who have 58.
The drizzle continues as play remains uninterrupted.
David Ferrer finally holds and is on the board in the second set.
It's 3-1 now in favour of Rafael Nadal though.
David Ferrer is bidding to end a 9-match losing streak vs the top 5 players. He last beat Andy Murray at the French Open last year.
Rafael Nadal holds his serve in a difficult game to make it 4-1 against David Ferrer.
The atmosphere is grey, dark and chilly at the Philippe Chatrier Court.
Nonetheless Rafael Nadal breaks David Ferrer to go 5-1 up in the second set.
The seven-time champion will serve for the second set.
There was a fire at the French Open.
Read report for more on the fire here
Here are a few Twitter reactions,
Crazy protests at the French Open. Fire very near the court. Extinguished, but scary.— Sarah Vela (@orchid8) June 9, 2013
Someone just ran on to the french Open court with a towel on fire.— @ndy(@ndyWillis) June 9, 2013
First a person causing noise, and shouting, then one setting a fire ... People need to calm down at the French Open, ruining a solid game.— Harun (@71Aaron17) June 9, 2013
The fire seems to have distracted Rafael Nadal who let's David Ferrer break him. It's 5-2 now.
Will David Ferrer manage to make a comeback in this set?
Doesn't work for David Ferrer as Rafael Nadal breaks him to take the second set 6-2.
Rafael Nadal has never dropped a 2-sets-to-love lead. The 27-year-old will serve first in the third set against David Ferrer.
Rafael Nadal holds his serve to go 1-0 up against David Ferrer in the third set.
David Ferrer seems to be wilting as Rafael Nadal breaks him to go 2-0 up in the third set.
David Ferrer breaks Rafael Nadal to make it 2-1 in the third set.
Looks like the 31-year-old will look to get his groove back as he refuses to go away.
More rain now and chair umpire Mourier in discussion with the players. Looks like they'll try and wait it out.
David Ferrer holds his serve to make it 2-2 and on serve in the third set against Rafael Nadal.
Rafael Nadal holds his serve to go 3-2 up in the third set.
David Ferrer holds serve to make it 3-3 against Rafael Nadal.
Rafael Nadal holds serve and it's 4-3 against David Ferrer in this third set.
Rafael Nadal gets the break against David Ferrer to go 5-3 up.
The seven-time champion will serve for his eighth title at Roland Garros.
Will David Ferrer be able to stop Rafael Nadal?
David Ferrer cannot do it as Rafael Nadal wins his eighth French Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win.
The fastest man on earth, Olympic 100m and 200m champion Usain Bolt, who followed proceedings behind a pair of dark glasses despite not a ray of sun in sight will present the winner's trophy to Rafael Nadal.
Rafael Nadal is the most successful player at the French Open. The 27-year-old Spaniard has 59 victories and just one loss to his name in nine years at Roland Garros.
A rousing applause as Usain Bolt steps up for the presentation.
David Ferrer accepts the runners-up trophy.
The crowds cheer and applaud as Rafael Nadal receives the winner's trophy from Usain Bolt.
Nadal becomes the first man to win eight singles titles at the same grand slam tournament.
List of French Open men's singles champions in the last 20 years:
2013 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat David Ferrer (Spain) 6-3 6-2 6-3
2012 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5
2011 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 7-5 7-6 5-7 6-1
2010 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat Robin Soderling (Sweden) 6-4 6-2 6-4
2009 Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Robin Soderling (Sweden) 6-1 7-6 6-4
2008 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6-1 6-3 6-0
2007 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4
2006 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6
2005 Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Mariano Puerta (Argentina) 6-7 6-3 6-1 7-5
2004 Gaston Gaudio (Argentina) beat Guillermo Coria (Argentina) 0-6 3-6 6-4 6-1 8-6
2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain) beat Martin Verkerk (Netherlands) 6-1 6-3 6-2
2002 Albert Costa (Spain) beat Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain) 6-1 6-0 4-6 6-3
2001 Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) beat Alex Corretja (Spain) 6-7 7-5 6-2 6-0
2000 Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) beat Magnus Norman (Sweden) 6-2 6-3 2-6 7-6
1999 Andre Agassi (US) beat Andrei Medvedev (Ukraine) 1-6 2-6 6-4 6-3 6-4
1998 Carlos Moya (Spain) beat Alex Corretja (Spain) 6-3 7-5 6-3
1997 Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) beat Sergi Bruguera (Spain) 6-3 6-4 6-2
1996 Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Russia) beat Michael Stich (Germany) 7-6 7-5 7-6
1995 Thomas Muster (Austria) beat Michael Chang (US) 7-5 6-2 6-4
1994 Sergi Bruguera (Spain) beat Alberto Berasategui (Spain) 6-3 7-5 2-6 6-1
1993 Sergi Bruguera (Spain) beat Jim Courier (US) 6-4 2-6 6-2 3-6 6-3
One for the greats album: Usain Bolt presenting the French Open trophy to Rafael Nadal.
"I never dreamed about this kind of thing," Rafael Nadal said after his win.
"These two weeks I played very good tennis but I would like to say that he deserves everything, he's the best," Ferrer told the crowd.