An all-Spaniash quarter-final is scheduled to take place on Friday afternoon in Monte Carlo, as World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and world No. 6 David Ferrer get set to cross paths once again on the professional tour. This marks the 27th time they will meet on the ATP World Tour, with Nadal leading the head-to-head series 21-5, including wins in 9 of their last 10 encounters. Check out the Nadal vs Ferrer Head to Head matches.
Top seed and eight time champion Rafael Nadal furthered his campaign for another title in Monte Carlo, as he picked up a 6-1, 6-3 win over Italy’s Andreas Seppi to reach the final 8 at this event. Rafa hit 82 percent of his first service points and managed all five of the break point opportunities against Seppi, which ultimately earned him the victory in a total of 72 minutes. It was Nadal’s 300th clay court win as well, which is a admirable feat from the Spaniard widely regarded as the reigning clay court king.
World No. 6 David Ferrer put forth a solid and consistent performance on Thursday afternoon, as he thoroughly dispatched of budding Bulgarian talent and world No. 14 Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. The Spaniard was impenetrable from the baseline, as he hit 62% of his first service points and secured 5/13 break points, which was enough to warrant the 6-4, 6-2 victory. The match lasted 96 minutes, which is slightly longer than his Spanish counterpart’s time on court.
This marks 27th time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Nadal leading the series 21-5, including wins in 9 of their last 10 encounters. Ferrer’s only recent win took place in the Paris Masters last year, where he was ultimately victorious in a straight set battle in the semi-final round. Rafa has won 9 of their last 10 matches, spanning on a variety of different surfaces. His dominance over Ferrer is visible on both hard court and clay, which will make the 32-year-old’s work equally difficult on Thursday afternoon.
Prediction: Rafael Nadal in Straight Sets