There may appear more chance of Parisians skipping lunch than David Ferrer winning the French Open, but one man not writing off the Spaniard is his opponent.
Rafael Nadal has played 59 matches at Roland Garros and won 58 of them. Victory would give him an unprecedented eighth title in Paris and more match wins than any other male player.
Ferrer, in contrast, is playing in his first grand slam final having beaten Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his sixth semi-final.
He has won only one of his last 16 matches against Nadal, and that was when his opponent was hurt, while in the semi-finals here last year Ferrer won just five games.
The 31-year-old has at least done better in their last two meetings, winning a set in Madrid and Rome last month.
Nadal believes his friend's achievement is not before time, comparing it to Andy Murray breaking his grand slam duck by winning the US Open last year.
"Tennis is a fair sport, and if somebody deserves to win titles, to be in the finals of a grand slam, it's David," said Nadal.
"It's like Andy at the US Open. He deserved to be the winner of a grand slam because he was in that position to be the winner a lot of times.
"The person who is not respecting David as one of the greatest players of the world - and not for one year, for a long time - it's because that person doesn't know anything about tennis."
The mantra of Nadal's lifelong coach, his uncle Toni Nadal, has always been that his nephew should never assume he is superior to anyone, so it is not a surprise to hear him talking up an opponent.
But there is no doubt the top four men respect Ferrer enormously, and it is the underdog who has reached the final without dropping a set.
"I don't feel favourite," said Nadal. "I feel that I am a finalist. I arrived in the final playing well. I improved a little bit in every match during the tournament.
"So that's important, to arrive to the final with the right feelings. But he didn't lose a set during the whole tournament, so he's a player that brings you to the limit.
"He's a player that if you are not playing perfect, you will be in big, big trouble. I'm going to try tomorrow.
"Tomorrow will be a great day for the sport in Spain. It's very difficult to make that happen, two Spanish players in the finals of a grand slam."
Friday's classic against Djokovic, which Nadal eventually won 9-7 in the fifth after four hours and 37 minutes, was the first five-set match the Spaniard has played since Wimbledon last year.
The knee problems that caused him to miss seven months after the defeat by Lukas Rosol at the All England Club have not completely gone away, but Nadal is happy with how he has recovered from yesterday's match.
"I'm little bit tired, but nothing dramatic," he said.
"So that's important always, because the day after a match like yesterday, always it is a little bit of a scare about how you will feel if there is some new problem. It seems that was not the case. I had good feelings practising."
Last year before the semi-final, Ferrer said it was "almost impossible" to beat Nadal at Roland Garros, but the Spaniard insists he is not satisfied just with getting to the final.
"I'm very, very happy," said Ferrer, who will take Nadal's fourth spot in the rankings whatever the result tomorrow, and will overtake Roger Federer to be number three if he wins.
"This tournament is very special for me and to be in the first final of a grand slam at Roland Garros is amazing.
"It's a very important match and I want to do well. I want to play a great match at the standards of a final of a grand slam.
"So I don't want to celebrate right now saying, 'Okay, I made it to the final.' No, I want to be well prepared and I want to get to the final with a lot of dynamism and I'm really willing to win.
"It's very difficult to beat Rafael on all the surfaces, but on a clay court it's more difficult. I think I need to play my best tennis to beat him. I need to play very aggressive all the match."
It will be the first all-Spanish grand slam final since Albert Costa beat Juan Carlos Ferrero here in 2002, and the first featuring two players from the same country since the all-Argentinian affair of 2004 when Gaston Gaudio beat Guillermo Coria.
Nadal, meanwhile, has pulled out of the grass-court tournament in Halle next week citing the physical demands of the last few weeks.