Rafael Nadal admits winning a 12th Roland Garros title and 18th major would once have seemed liked an "incredible" dream in a career so often at the mercy of a succession of morale-sapping injuries، AFP reported.
However، Nadal، the second seed، knows he cannot under-estimate Austria's Dominic Thiem when they meet again in the Roland Garros final on Sunday.
Thiem has four wins on clay over the 33-year-old Spaniard -- only Novak Djokovic has more.
The 25-year-old arrives in the final having shocked world number one Djokovic in a five-set semi-final on Saturday.
"Yes، it's incredible to be here again to be honest،" said Nadal، who has never lost a Roland Garros final and boasts a 92-2 record at the tournament since his 2005 debut.
"It is very special and difficult to explain، but here we are. And the day that we start thinking about if it's incredible or not probably will be the day to do another thing."
Nadal has hardly broken sweat at the French Open this year، making the final for the loss of just one set، against David Goffin in the third round.
Against Roger Federer in the semi-finals، he conceded just five games، handing the Swiss his worst Slam loss in 11 years.
"There is nobody who even plays remotely close to Rafa،" admitted Federer.
"I don't even know who I need to go search for to go practice with somebody who plays like him."