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ATP Barcelona - Final - Men

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
SpainR Nadal66---
SpainD Ferrer24---

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  1. - - Ferrer gave it his all, and briefly in this match he had some momentum, but Nadal was a class above, and the scoreline is even more emphatic than it was a week ago. Ferrer cannot stop Nadal on clay - will Djokovic fare better on his return?

  2. - - NADAL 6-2 6-4 - CHAMPIONSHIP! Ferrer blasts his way to the first point with a vicious forehand, but after that normal service is resumed. Two championship points come up as Nadal strokes a forehand out of Ferrer's reach down the line, and Ferrer misses long with a backhand to seal Nadal's triumph!

  3. - - NADAL 6-2 5-4 - BREAK! Into the business end of the set, and Nadal subtly ups the pressure. Ferrer attacks, but Nadal's defence holds up, and two successive errors from the world number six leaves him staring down the barrel at 15-40. A big serve helps ease the pressure, but the second one is an ask too far as Nadal nails his return. He'll serve for his sixth Barcelona title after the change of ends.

  4. - - NADAL 6-2 4-4 - Has Nadal emerged from his siesta? The Spaniard works Ferrer left and right before taking the first point, before losing the next two, and shouting in frustration as he makes a meal of a forehand to concede two break points. Powerful serving saves the first - ripping forehands save the second. Three times Ferrer then saves game points, but at the fourth time of asking the world number one holds.

  5. - - NADAL 6-2 3-4 - BREAK! Ugly, ugly game from Ferrer. Having done the hard work to get himself back ahead, Ferrer makes several unforced errors and slips to 0-40 down. Ferrer wakes up in time, playing an audacious drop shot to bring him back to deuce - but Nadal forces another break point and closes it out. Level on serve once again in the second set.

  6. - - NADAL 6-2 2-4 - BREAK! Nadal has to change his racquet after the first point, and two good returns from Ferrer have suddenly given him the upper hand. Two break points at 15-40 for Ferrer - and he only needs one. He finds a crosscourt forehand at just the right moment, and it's too good for the world number one. Lull for Nadal - he's lost four games in a row here!

  7. - - NADAL 6-2 2-3 - The frustration shows as Ferrer lets a 30-15 lead slip and concede a break point. Nadal attacks him, but Ferrer comes to the net and nails his volley to force deuce. Another break point for Nadal, and Ferrer plays his best shot of the game - a remarkable angled forehand crosscourt - to deny him. A third break point comes and goes, and Ferrer manages to close out after three game points. Big hold for Ferrer.

  8. - - NADAL 6-2 2-2 - BREAK! Having saved himself from going a set and two breaks down which would surely have been the end of the contest, Ferrer conjures something special to take the first three points on Nadal's serve - and Nadal slaps a backhand surprisingly long to surrender his second set advantage. Break to love - good effort from Ferrer.

  9. - - NADAL 6-2 2-1 - Outrageous forehand from Nadal to curl a shot down the line and catch the corner - his forehand has been impeccable this afternoon. Ferrer yields a break point with an overhit forehand, but responds with a commanding shot of his own to turn things around. Nadal draws gasps with a staggering running backhand, but this one just misses the line. Stout defence gets Ferrer over the line for his first hold in five service games.

  10. - - NADAL 6-2 2-0 - There's not too much that the world number six is doing wrong, especially against the serve, where he's doing his best to make an impression. Nadal is not to be denied, however, and even a mishit smash goes sailing in for him as he produces game point. He completes a hold as Ferrer is forced to clear a backhand long.

  11. - - NADAL 6-2 1-0 - BREAK! Ferrer begins with a double-fault - an ominous start. Nadal continues to apply the pressure to bring up two break points, but a Barcelona crowd keen to see a contest applaud generously as Ferrer hits two winners in succession to deny him. It rarely matters to Nadal when a couple of points don't go his way, and with yet another crisp forehand he manges to break for the fourth time in a row.

  12. - - FIRST SET STATS: Aces RN 0/DF 1; Double Faults 0/0; 1st serve % 67/60; Break points won 3 of 4/1 of 4; Total points won 29/18

  13. - - NADAL 6-2 - SET! Impressive fight from Ferrer, who leans into a couple of forehands to fashion a half-chance at 0-30. He manages to extract two breaks points. He returns the first into the net, and Nadal sweeps up the second to bring it back to deuce. Set point comes up, and Ferrer sends a return long to hand Nadal a big advantage in this match.

  14. - - NADAL 5-2 - BREAK! Ferrer has not held serve against the world number one for three games now and never looked likely to do so in this game. Having conceded two break points it looks as if Ferrer has saved the first, only to lash his shot into the net. He thumps the net with his racquet in frustration as he heads back to his chair.

  15. - - NADAL 4-2 - BREAK! Ferrer has to commit full-blooded to every shot to stay with Nadal, and it's not as easy as it sounds. He pushes the world number one all the way in this game, however, producing another break point at 30-40 and when Nadal slices a backhand into the net it brings Ferrer a little hope.

  16. - - NADAL 4-1 - BREAK! Nadal gliding around the court, half a step quicker than Ferrer to every ball. The relentless pressure tells - two forced errors from the world number six, a commanding forehand down the line, and Nadal breaks to love.

  17. - - NADAL 3-1 - The master seems to have settled into his rhythm now - and you wonder how serious missing out on that early break point chance might prove for Ferrer. Ferrer serves notice of what he can do with a rasping backhand return winner, but that's as good as it gets on a comfortable hold of serve for Nadal.

  18. - - NADAL 2-1 - BREAK! Having earned a break point in the last game, Nadal puts Ferrer under a different pressure by taking the first two points. Ferrer claws one back, but after a cat-and-mouse point the world number one outlasts his opponent - two break points. He misses out on the first, but he takes the second chance with a classy forehand down the line.

  19. - - NADAL 1-1 - Ferrer takes the first point with a well-struck groundstroke, but Nadal responds with a powerful serve - that service has got much stronger in the last 12 months. It's Ferrer who looks in the mood so far, though, and who produces the first break point. Another powerful serve gets Nadal out of trouble and with steely determination he closes out the game.

  20. - - NADAL 0-1 - An excellent start from Ferrer, who holds to fifteen. Nadal is playing some aggressive shots and misses with a couple of them, while Ferrer shows some touch with a good drop shot to close out the game.

  21. - - Ferrer to serve first as the final begins.

  22. - - How they've reached the final - check the ATP Barcelona drawsheet here.

  23. - - Were it not for Nadal, Ferrer would be the form man on clay at the moment. But for now he looks a distant second favourite in this encounter as the players warm up for the final.

  24. - - HEAD-TO-HEAD: Their record doesn't make happy reading for Ferrer - of the 16 times they have played each other, Nadal has won 12. That includes last week in the Monte Carlo final, where Nadal ran out a 6-4 7-5 winner.

  25. - - Ferrer has been having a very good season, though - 25-5 for the season, including two tournament wins already for the world number six. And he does have a win against Nadal to his name this season, beating his friend on hard courts in the Australian Open quarter-final.

  26. - - It's all been very straightforward for Nadal since the players came back on from America for the European clay court season. But it was always this way. After wrapping up a seventh straight win in Monte Carlo last week, he's cruised through to the final here, where he could win a sixth crown in Barcelona.

  27. - - Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to LIVE text updates from the final of the Barcelona Open, where Rafa Nadal is in action against David Ferrer on clay.

Rafael Nadal

Nationality ESP
Date of Birth 03/06/1986
Height 1.85 m
Weight 85 kg

David Ferrer

Nationality ESP
Date of Birth 02/04/1982
Height 1.75 m
Weight 73 kg

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