Nadal Wins Another Five, This Time in Barcelona Defeating Ferrer
Defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated David Ferrer for the second consecutive time in the Barcelona finals to register a 6-2, 7-5 victory over the fellow Spaniard.
Nadal captured his 35th ATP title in his illustrious career and defended 500 ATP points successfully to regain his position at the top as the best clay court player.
The match started with Ferrer losing the first game on his serve. Nadal started confidently but Ferrer showed his fighting spirit, as he demonstrated in his semifinal match against Gonzalez, to immediately break Nadal and put the match on level terms.
Ferrer later conceded his service game again to his countryman in the next game and Nadal raced away to a 3-1 lead. The lesser built Spaniard was unable to counter Nadal's helicopter-like forehand shots, and has handed him the first set.
The second set started in exactly the same fashion as the first set, with Ferrer losing his opening service game. Both the players traded breaks for the first three service games, but later held their service games till the scores were levelled at five all.
Nadal broke Ferrer when it mattered at the business end of the set to seize the second set and the Barcelona championships for the fifth time. Both players had their first service percentages in the mid 50s, but it is the left-handed Mallorcan resident who was in control over the entire match.
Ferrer could not do what he was able to do against Gonzalez by coming to the net often to Nadal. He managed to win few points when he approached the net but those were rare occasions when Nadal was pushed out off the court.
Nadal was very relieved to win the tournament but did not fall on his home clay. In addition to the huge trophy, he also gathered a few more trophies which were given to the winner. Ferrer on the other hand was contended with a simple plate.
Champagne bottles were given to the players at the end and both players sprayed them on each other. While Nadal totally drenched the little man with champage, Ferrer could not chase down his country man even to pour the champagne as a part of their celebrations.
Barring another blister on Nadal's feet, which was primarily responsible for his shock defeat in the hands of Juan Carlos Ferrero last year, the defending champion at Rome, Novak Djokovic, has got his task cut when he has a possibility of meeting the No. 1 ranked player in the finals.
As the Spanish bull mows his opponents from surface to surface, capturing titles which he most cherishes, the possibility and threat of him claiming another five, this time at Roland Garros, are appearing bigger and bigger.
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