A blockbuster all-Spanish quarter-final is scheduled to take place on Wednesday afternoon in Paris, as World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer get set to cross paths once again on the professional tour. This marks the 28th time they will meet on the ATP World Tour, with Nadal leading the head-to-head series 21-6, including wins in 9 of their last 11 encounters. While that may be the case, Ferrer won their most recent encounter on the professional tour in Monte Carlo and will be looking to do the same again here in Paris to end the clay court king’s dominance on this surface. Check out the Nadal vs Ferrer Head to Head matches.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal continued to roll in Paris, as he reached the quarter-final round with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 win against Dusan Lajovic. It was a dominant win and maintained his streak of straight set matches since arriving in Paris. He has defeated the likes of Leonardo Mayer and Dominic Thiem en route to the quarter-final round. Rafa is in search for his fifth consecutive title in Paris and his ninth overall at the French Open.
“I think that I am playing a little bit better than when I was playing against him in Monte-Carlo, but I think he’s playing great, too,” said Nadal on his upcoming opponent. “He played three weeks in a row at a very high level. In Madrid he played great, in Rome he played great, and he’s playing great here.
“He’s coming to the match with confidence and with confidence that he beat me the last time. It will be a tough one. I know how to play against him and to have chances to win I need to play very well. That’s what I’m going to try. If not, it will be impossible.”
David Ferrer reached the quarter-final round with a strong win over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson. The Spaniard won 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1 to set up the fantastic clash with Nadal.
“I will try to do my best,” said Ferrer. “I will try to play aggressively with my forehand and try to finish the points at the net. But of course it’s going to be difficult with Rafael on a clay court. Tactically, I will have to be perfect. I hope that I will instill some doubts in Rafa’s mind, but if we play at our best level, both of us, he will be the better player. So I will pull out all the stops to play well without making errors, and we’ll see what’s going to happen.
“I was very nervous [last year in the final]. I was jittery. It was a little bit too much for me. But now I’m calmer, I’ve had time to adapt. I think that I will be calmer, more serene, but I don’t know exactly what will be my state of mind when I play against Rafa. I won’t think about the final that took place last year.”
This marks the 28th time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Nadal leading the series 21-6, including wins in 9 of their last 11 encounters. Ferrer though, holds recent wins in Monte Carlo and the Paris Masters last year, where he was ultimately victorious in a straight set battle in the semi-final round. While Rafa was generally dominant against Ferrer on all surfaces, the No. 2 Spaniard is riding high of his confidence boosting win last month and will be looking to top it off with a staggering upset at Roland Garros.
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