Nadal reaches seventh Barcelona final to face Ferrer
April 28, 2012 · Print This Article
BARCELONA OPEN BANC SABADELL, Barcelona, Spain
Top seed Rafael Nadal reached his seventh career Barcelona final on Saturday in Spain, crushing Davis Cup teammate Fernando Verdasco, 6-0, 6-4.
Never losing a set to Verdasco on clay, Nadal continued his dominate play by saving four break points and breaking serve on four occasions. Winning 83 percent of his first serve points, Nadal struck two aces and one double fault during his 13 career victory against Verdasco.
Entering the event off of his eighth straight title in Monaco, Nadal will take a 13-4 head-to-head record over David Ferrer in the final. Ferrer needed two tough sets to dismiss hard-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, 7-6(2), 7-6(5).
Raonic, who served 15 aces, couldn’t break the Spaniard’s serve in seven tries. By contrast, Ferrer was also unable to break Raonic’s delivery, but managed to elevate his game in both tiebreakers.
Trailing Nadal 0-4 in Barcelona matches, Ferrer will attempt to win his fourth title of the year on Sunday. Nadal will be attempting to capture the 48th title of his illustrious career.