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By Akshay Kohli
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Spain No.1 Rafael Nadal squares off against Spain No.2 David Ferrer in the finals of the Barcelona Open. Both players are at their peak and are very dangerous competitors on clay. One should expect some very long rallies along with some fascinating tennis.
Nadal, fresh from his eighth straight title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters would be looking to continue his tremendous form on clay and also try closing in the gap with the World No.1 Novak Djokovic. With his confidence on clay growing, Nadal is one of the toughest guys to beat on clay as he prepares well for the upcoming Masters events and the Roland Garros. He has fared well in all the tournaments he as played, his 22-3 win loss record indicates this fact. He is just a match away from successfully defending his Barcelona Open crown as he takes on one of the best players on clay in Ferrer. He is looking to win his second title of the year and that too back-to-back. His incredible performance against Fernando Verdasco must be a cause of concern for Ferrer.
On the other side, Ferrer is chasing his 15th career title and he has a very impressive 24-4 win-loss record for the season so far. Ferrer also became the first contender on tour to win three titles this season. He triumphed in Auckland, Buenos Aires and Acapulco. Last season, Ferrer reached the final in Barcelona and fell to Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard is one of those players on tour who work hard and keep improving their game to constantly perform on tour and maintain their ranking. He would be aiming to put behind his shocking early round loss at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and doing well here. His semi-final victory over Canadian Milos Raonic in two tie-break sets proved that he can tackle power very well and would be ready for the Nadal challenge.
This will be an incredible eighteenth meeting between the two with Nadal leading 13-4. Their last meeting came last year at the same platform where Nadal triumphed in straight sets.
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