Another week on clay, another mark on the record books for Spaniard Rafael Nadal. In a rematch of last year’s Open Banco Sabadell final, Nadal beat compatriot David Ferrer 6-2, 7-5 for his fifth successive title in Barcelona.
Although the rallies were long, the strokes heavy and punishing, Ferrer had little to show for his hard work in the first set. With multiple unforced errors and a double fault, Ferrer was broken his first time out. Fortunately, by forcing a few mistakes from Nadal, Ferrer evened the set at 1-1. But, with two backhand errors and a double fault, Nadal had triple break point which he converted with a backhand crosscourt winner for 2-1. With another Ferrer backhand crosscourt not clearing the net, Nadal had another break point. Rafael cashed in as a result of a forehand error from David for 4-1. Subsequently, Nadal cruised to win the first set 6-2.
With a mixture of a double fault and forehand errors by his countryman, Rafael took a break lead in the second set. As in the first set though, Ferrer bounced back for 1 all. However, with three straight errors by Ferrer, Nadal was at triple break point. Nadal converted with a forehand crosscourt winner for 2-1. Once more, David battled back and with a forehand up the line by Nadal going long, the players were tied at 2. Then, with a seldom seen forehand crosscourt winner, Ferrer took his first lead in the match at 3-2. After, as Rafael’s forehand pass sailed off the court, David had his first opportunity to claim a commanding lead in the second set. However, Ferrer’s backhand let him down allowing Nadal to worm his way out a jam. After the competitors had no difficulty guarding their serve, Ferrer blinked. Serving at 5 all, Ferrer made two backhands errors while Nadal produced a forehand up the line winner giving the world number one triple break point. When David’s inside out forehand crosscourt stayed on his side of the court, Nadal went ahead 6-5. With a strong service game, Nadal finished the day to capture yet another trophy, his fourth of the year.