The next time we see them competing, at Wimbledon in two weeks, Nadal will be merely a serious contender, while Williams will be the unquestioned favourite.
On court, though, it was no laughing matter for Ferrer who never looked like upsetting the rampaging Nadal.
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Would Chris Evert or Martina Navratilova, with her all-around mastery of tennis, have fared significantly better than Sharapova?
Rafa Nadal's romp to an eighth French Open title felt extra special on Sunday.
Rafa Nadal made light work of fellow Spaniard David Ferrer to win the French Open final 6-3 6-2 6-3 on Sunday and become the first man to win eight singles titles at the same tournament.
Third seed Nadal, with a jaw-dropping 59-1 record at Roland Garros, collapsed on to the red clay after ending the contest on his first match point.
The fourth-seed Russian pair, beaten by Errani and Vinci in the Australian Open semi-finals this year, clinched four games in succession in the second set, wrapping it up with a Vesnina overhead.
Nadal has too much respect for Ferrer - a player who shares his work ethic - to relax as he aims to become the first man to win the same grand slam tournament eight times.
"I always said that I felt like I have never played my best tennis. I have said that for years, that I feel like I can always do better and play better," Williams said.
Williams used terrific defense and her usual powerful hitting in Saturday's final, closing with a crescendo of aces — three in the last game — for a 6-4, 6-4 victory over defending champion Maria Sharapova.
f you've never set aside five or so hours to watch Nadal slug it out with Novak Djokovic at one of tennis' four major tournaments then you haven't fully lived.
Williams has won 13 of her 15 matches against Sharapova and has won their last 12 matches on all surfaces.
Fourth seed Ferrer, yet to drop a set at Roland Garros this year, was barely challenged by sixth seed Tsonga who had crushed 17-times grand slam champion Roger Federer with an inspired performance in the quarter-finals.
Williams absolutely overwhelmed last year's runner-up, fifth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy, 6-0, 6-1 in a mere 46 minutes on Thursday to reach the final for the first time since winning her lone French Open championship in 2002.
As expected Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic set up a siesmic semi-final clash after comfortable wins against Stanislas Wawrinka and German veteran Tommy Haas respectively.