PARIS (AFP) - Rafael Nadal, who has survived torrential rain as well as a Roland Garros centre court dustbowl, now plans to unleash a hurricane which will deliver him an historic fourth successive French Open. If things go as expected in Sunday's final, the Spanish claycourt king's perfect storm will also wash away once again Roger Federer's slim hopes of finally adding an elusive French Open to his 12 Grand Slam titles. Victory will make Nadal, just turned 22, only the second man after Bjorn Borg to win four titles here in successive years and take his career record at Roland Garros, the toughest of all the majors, to a perfect 28 wins in 28 matches. The weight of statistics in Nadal's favour only increases the burden for Federer who has been beaten by the Spaniard here in the last three years, including the two most recent finals. Nadal has reached the final without dropping a set for the second year running; only once, in Friday's semi-final win over Novak Djokovic, was he even stretched to a tiebreak. Furthermore, he takes an intimidating record into Sunday's title match. He has beaten Federer in 10 of their 16 career meetings, including eight of nine on clay. The most recent were in this year's Masters finals in Monte Carlo and Hamburg, two of the major Roland Garros warm-ups. His run to a fourth successive final also comes despite having to play four days in succession in the first week when the elements turned against him. In stark contrast, Federer dropped the first set in earlier rounds against Albert Montanes and Fernando Gonzalez and was pushed to four sets again by Gael Monfils in the semi-final. The world number one is also enduring, by his lofty standards, a mediocre season having lost his Australian Open title to Djokovic and picking up just one title, via an injury default, in Estoril. "Rafa has been sublime this tournament. He hasn't had any problems whatsoever," admitted Federer. "But I believe very strongly that this is my year. I did the hard work so far, but I think the toughest test is yet to come." Federer, coached by Spanish claycourt guru Jose Higueras who took Michael Chang and Jim Courier to French Open wins, has been within touching distance of Nadal this year. In the Monte Carlo final, which he lost in straight sets, he squandered a 4-0 lead in the second set; in Hamburg, which went to three sets, he raced to a 5-1 first set lead before Nadal recovered. "You can't draw too much out of the matches played so far. He can take more out of the match with Djokovic than I can out of Monfils. Because Rafa is a lefty, that changes the whole dynamics of the match," added the top seed. "We'll see how it goes. I've been able to get off to good starts the last few times I've played against Rafa, and I hope I can do the same again on Sunday. I feel I have the right tactics, I have the right game, and I have the fitness to beat him." Nadal described his performance against Djokovic on Friday, where he ran away with the first two sets, as 'almost perfect', but refuses to be complacent about his chances of writing his name into the record books on Sunday. "It's always special to play against Federer. It's a different atmosphere and the tactics are different too," said the Mallorcan. "I know for him I have to play my best level. "He is the worst opponent you can have to fight against, because he's been my opponent three times in a row. "He's always the most difficult opponent to defeat."