|Nationality||Player||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5|
- - NADAL 6-2 6-3 - GAME, SET AND MATCH - A disappointing end to Farah's challenge as he double faults at match point down. Janko Tipsarevic is next up for top seed Nadal in the quarter-finals after he earlier beat Frederico Gil 6-2 6-2.
- - NADAL 6-2 5-3 - Nadal powers to within a game of victory. Farah, who has beaten lucky loser Arnau Brugues and Pablo Andujar in the main draw so far - his only career wins on the top tour - must serve to stay in the match.
- - NADAL 6-2 4-3 - BREAK - Brilliant winner from Farah on serve but he is pegged back to deuce when he mis-times a forehand. Nadal goes advantage up and battles to seal the break with Farah on top, lobbing him on defence. Heart-breaking. The stats are in favour of Nadal, except for percentage of break points converted: Nadal has been successful with four from 10, compared with one from two.
- - NADAL 6-2 3-3 - Nadal ended a 10-month title drought last week with victory in Monte Carlo. He has a 23-3 record in 2012 and lost to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open. Farah drops one short and is there to pick off Nadal's return - but he mis-hits and Nadal goes on to hold, the final point a superb cross-court forehand while on the defensive.
- - NADAL 6-2 2-3 - Impressive again from Farah, striking through the ball and taking his opportunities to attack the net. He drops a couple of points but is back in front in the second set.
- - NADAL 6-2 2-2 - Nadal struggling a bit at present, taking his time on his serves as is his custom to try and get himself back in the groove. He should win this match, but it has not been the smooth ride he would have hoped for...
- - NADAL 6-2 1-2 - Top-quality attacking at the net sees Farah smash for 30-15. He then digs out a half-volley and Nadal comes short to flick it back hard; when Farah blocks, the Spaniard puts it away. However Farah keeps his chin up and manages to move ahead with a hold.
- - NADAL 6-2 1-1 - BREAK - What a response from the qualifier! A netcord in Farah's favour at 30-40 up is no more than he deserves as he levels in the set.
- - NADAL 6-2 1-0 - BREAK - Nadal, looking for his 31st straight win here - he has only ever lost one match - won five straight titles in Barcelona from 2005-9 and regained the crown last year with victory over David Ferrer having missed the event in 2010. The only resistance Farah provides in the opening game is an ace as Nadal breaks.
- - NADAL 6-2 – SET - In 2011 Farah won two gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Games – in singles and doubles – and surprisingly he is 24 years old. He cannot stop Nadal racing to three set points on his serve, sealing the set with the second of them.
- - NADAL 5-2 - BREAK - Clinical from the top seed to earn a triple break point, dispatching a backhand, from high up, across the court. And he converts the first of them with a lovely winner from out wide to move within a game of the opening set.
- - NADAL 4-2 - Farah threatens the Nadal serve, making it to 30-30 - but the Spaniard secures the hold with a delightful backhand pass taken on the turn. That would have been a winner against anyone else in the world. Probably.
- - NADAL 3-2 - Two break points are wasted by Nadal as his 6'4" opponent comes back to deuce. And Farah puts him under sufficient pressure to hold again. Good work.
- - NADAL 3-1 - Farah, of the University of Southern California, now putting up a good fight. He must be demoralised to see Nadal win one point that has both players pounding behind their respective baselines; but also heartened that he can compete with the Spaniard. He takes points as Nadal holds.
- - NADAL 2-1 - What a response from Farah! Two Nadal errors give him the upper hand in this game, but the third point is all his as he stoops to flash a winner up the line. Another Nadal mistake gives him a love game to hold against the world number two!
- - NADAL 2-0 - Farah picks up his first point as Nadal's perfect game finally cracks - but it is a brief respite for him.
- - NADAL 1-0 - BREAK - A love game to break from Nadal at the start of this one. Farah will be cowed by the man opposite him today, having only recently won his first game on the ATP Tour.
- - Farah, 246th in the world, to serve first.
- - Nadal won the Monte Carlo Masters last week, beating world number one Novak Djokovic in the final.
- - Top seed Rafael Nadal takes on Colombian qualifier Robert Farah in the third round of ATP Barcelona.
|Date of Birth||03/06/1986|
|Date of Birth||20/01/1987|