Rafael Nadal became the first player to reach the Rome Tennis Masters final after he defeated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6 (6) 6-0.
Today’s semifinal was a re-match of the Barcelona Open final, where Nadal prevailed in straight sets.
Whenever these two players meet, it’s guaranteed that the crowd watching the match will be part of a spectacular battle.
Ferrer started the first set viciously, trying to move Rafa around and push him well behind the baseline. He earned himself an unbelievable 7 break points in the second game, but Nadal seemed to have come up with some superb shots when he needed it most and managed to hold for 1-1. The world no.6 kept on asking the questions and delivering his heavy groundstrokes, he finally managed to break the king of clay Nadal to take a 3-1 lead. However, it was followed by a straight break back and both players held their serves to set up a tiebreak. Just like in the Barcelona final, Nadal got the better of Ferrer and after 1 hour and 26 minutes, the set was in his hands.
The loss of the first set left some marks on Ferrer’s game as he started making more unforced errors. Nadal punished him for it and delivering some heavy blows, he didn’t allow Ferrer a single game on his way to a 6-0 set and match victory.
In Sunday’s final, Nadal will play the winner of the match between Federer and Djokovic.