Rafael Nadal will not have records on his mind when he takes to the court for his first-round match against Simone Bolelli at the French Open.
The Spaniard equalled Bjorn Borg's mark of six titles at Roland Garros when he beat Roger Federer in the final last year, and he is the favourite to go one better this time.
Nadal has lost only one match at the French Open, to Robin Soderling in 2009 when he was struggling with knee problems, and once again goes into the tournament having won titles on clay in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome.
The 25-year-old insists it is business as usual despite the landmark on the horizon, saying: "Last year probably my answer is different, because if I won I would equal Borg.
"But in the end what is different is another year, another Roland Garros. This tournament is important enough in itself, not because now I have six. I have much more than I ever dreamed.
"I am coming here with the motivation of every year, with the desire to play well, and then we will see. But I'm not going to be more motivated because I have six and I can win seven.
"And I was not more motivated when I arrived here in 2005 than today. I was not more motivated in 2010 when I lost in 2009. The motivation always is the same."
Nadal began the season by almost defeating Novak Djokovic in a titanic Australian Open final, but it is once again on the red clay that he has really come alive.
The use of the word red is pertinent, for Nadal has had one loss on the surface this season, at the Madrid Masters, whose much-criticised experiment with blue clay is unlikely to be repeated.
The world number two said: "I played fantastic tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, and Rome. I'm playing well.
"But this is a different tournament, and because I played very well at the three clay-court tournaments, that doesn't mean that I'm going to have success here.
"The only thing that means is I have three more titles in my bedroom that are very important for me. I love those three tournaments.
"I arrive here with positive feelings, and I will try my best to be very competitive and to be at the right level to have my chances."
Monte Carlo saw Nadal finally end his losing streak to Djokovic, who had beaten him in seven successive finals, and he repeated the feat in Rome last weekend.
But he played down the significance, saying: "All these matches were decided on a very few points. Last time in Rome, the first set was very close.
"A few points changed the result; I won the points. That's why I won. I am playing well. But you can win and you can lose when you play against the best players of the world, and Novak today, he's number one."
In many ways the form player of the year has been world number three Roger Federer, who has won titles in Rotterdam, Dubai, Indian Wells and Madrid.
The Swiss ended Djokovic's winning run here last year and pushed Nadal in the final, but he puts himself firmly in third place, and has backed his great rival to triumph once again.
Federer said: "I think Rafael playing for his seventh title is the favourite. I think he lost only two sets (on clay), so that's a pretty good start.
"Then he's playing for his seventh title, so no discussion. We're crazy to even talk about this. Some people might say he's not the favourite, but to me he's the favourite.
"I've played him so many times here. I know how incredible he can be here at Roland Garros.
"As for Novak, with all his results lately, he's one of the big favourites. Likewise for me with everything I accomplished. But for me it would be Rafa, Novak, and me in third position."