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By Akshay Kohli
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World No. 2 Rafael Nadal produced his best performance by far in this year's French Open after he swept aside fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in a rain interrupted match in an hour and 46 minutes to reach the finals here for a seventh time. Nadal has a shot at history and can add another feather in his cap if he manages defending his title and thereby overtaking Bjorn Borg's record of the maximum Roland Garros titles won.
After a slow start, Nadal blasted through Ferrer to take the first set in 39 minutes. It was in the fifth game that Nadal raised his game and took four games on the trot to leave Ferrer clueless about what lead to this transition. Ferrer, kept going for his winners and when he missed he paid the price. With 9 winners, and all coming at the right time, Nadal broke Ferrer twice on two opportunities, leaving Ferrer helpless.
Like the first set, Nadal won the second set after breaking the Ferrer serve twice. With the rain delaying the proceedings, Nadal kept the momnetum going to wrap the set in 36 minutes. It was a clinical Nadal performance in the second set, with 7 winners and forcing the other player to commit most of the errors. Though the most impressive statistic was that Nadal won ALL points on his first serve, showing how effective it was. He also won all points when he came at the net.
The third set was one where Nadal raised the bar again and hit 10 winners along with 3 breaks of serves this time around. With the ground strokes getting flatter and harder, Nadal kept converting the backhands to his forehands and once he did, he was merciless then. The match finished after an inside out forehand by Nadal went for a winner. At the net both the players smiled and hugged each other after which, Nadal acknowledged the crowd for their support.
With the way Nadal is playing, this is by far his BEST Roland Garros yet and he goes into the final being a favorite.
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