Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer set up a re-match of last year’s final as they both won their semifinal encounters at the Barcelona Open.
World no.2 Nadal demolished fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco as he cruised to a 6-0 6-4 victory in 1 hour and 25 minutes.
The first set was over in just under a half an hour after the defending champion Nadal took his opponent’s serve three times and only faced one break point in the 6th game, which he saved comfortably.
Verdasco put up a much bigger fight in set 2 and it was him who had the first break point opportunity in the second game, but Nadal held. The set went with serve until the 5th game, when Verdasco dropped his serve once again to give Rafa a 3-2 lead. The biggest chance for a break back for the world no.20 came in the 10th game, but there was no way of stopping Nadal, who set up a final encounter against David Ferrer.
Third seed Spaniard Ferrer will play his fourth final at the Barcelona Open after he beat Canadian Milos Raonic in two tight sets 7-6 (2) 7-6 (5) to win in just over 2 hours.
Both players had a few break chances in the first set, but neither of them could convert and take the opponent’s serve. The biggest chance for Ferrer to close out the set came when 5-4 and 40-0 up on Raonic’s serve. After a long battle the Canadian held and the tiebreak was to decide the outcome of the the first set. Ferrer took a quick 6-0 lead and before Raonic even realized what happened, the Spaniard was with one foot in the final.
The second set was an exact copy of the first, both Ferrer and Raonic winning their serves comfortably. Perhaps the only big opportunity for the Spaniard came in game 11, but he couldn’t convert the break point that would have allowed him to serve for the match. The set went into a tiebreak once again, and despite Raonic taking a 3-1 lead, Ferrer battled his way back to prove that he could be one of the top clay court players this season.
In last year’s final, Nadal defeated Ferrer in straight sets 6-2 6-4 and tomorrow he will try to win his 7th title at the Barcelona Open.