Federer: Rafa 'overwhelming favorite' in final
Roger Federer, who lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of Roland Garros, calls six-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal the man to beat in the final.
"I'm sure it's going to be a good match," Federer said. "I have no idea what the conditions are going to be, if it's going to be rainy or slow or fast. I mean, it's never going to be fast here because this year the balls are very slow. Yeah, my pick is not a surprising one. I obviously pick Rafa. I think he's the overwhelming favorite."
Nadal has lost to Djokovic in the last three Grand Slam finals. Federer said that the Serbian will feel more of the pressure.
"They're going to play well, I can tell you, pressure or no pressure," Federer said. "They're used to it. Novak has more pressure because he's never won here, I think. I was in the same situation twice for the four in a row. But Rafa has won six times here. Of course it would be great to win for a seventh time. But Novak he's never won the tournament, so who knows? Maybe luck will be on his side again. Well, Novak therefore will have more pressure, I think, which is quite normal, even though everybody thinks that Rafa is going to win. I think Novak has more pressure on him. To be in this situation you have to win three Grand Slams in a row again, which is more difficult."