Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal won his 7th Barcelona Open title after defeating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6 (1) 7-5 in Sunday’s final.
Ferrer got off to a better start, but after taking Nadal’s serve to go 2-0, the world no.2 managed to get the break back and levelled the set at 2-2. Both players showed some high quality clay court tennis throughout the first set, and it almost looked like Ferrer would have the upper hand at the end of it. The key moment came in the 12th game, when Nadal serving at 5-6 managed to save 5 set points and take the set into a tiebreak. It seemed to have broken Ferrer and after 1 hour and 33 minutes, the defending champion cruised to a 7-1 ‘breaker’ and set win.
Nadal stepped into the second set with a lot of confidence and got off to a 3-1 lead. Many other players would have given it up against the 6 time Roland Garros champion, but not Ferrer. He showed some great fighting spirit and not only did he get rewarded for it with a break back, but he took Nadal’s serve in the ninth game before getting a chance to serve it out and level the match. Unfortunately for Ferrer, it was never going to be an easy task with Nadal on the other side of the net. The 6 time Barcelona Open champion fought back in big fashion, winning the next three games to clinch the set and sail to a superb victory.
This was Nadal’s 34th consecutive win in Barcelona and he will be delighted with today’s performance just a week before the Madrid Masters starts.
Nadal got into today’s final by beating Fernando Verdasco in yesterday’s semis and Ferrer overcame Canadian Milos Raonic.