Saturday’s semi finals at Barcelona saw three Spaniards battling for a place in the final. World no.2 and Top seed Rafael Nadal reached the final with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Spanish team mate Fernando Verdasco. David Ferrer beat young Canadian Raonic in a close affair 7-6(2), 7-6(5).
Rafael Nadal raced off to a 3-0 lead in the first few minutes as he made an aggressive start hitting with good pace and depth to get the break at love in the first game. The first set saw Nadal quickly get off to a 5-0 lead and faced a little trouble saving a break point before winning the set on a long rally that saw both players show off their wonderful shot making prowess.
The beginning of the second set saw Verdasco fight harder and even had a break opportunity on Nadal’s first service game but Nadal came up with three big serves to level at 1-1. At 2-2, Verdasco was down 0-40 and hit a poorly executed drop shot. Nadal reached the ball early but hit it straight back to Verdasco who hit it into the open court for a winner.
Nadal missed two more break points but converted the fourth on a double fault. Games went on serve and Nadal served for match at 5-4. Again Nadal was in trouble at 15-40 but was helped by two return errors from Verdasco to get back to deuce. Nadal capitalised by holding to win for the 13th straight time.
The other semi final was much tighter with Ferrer fighting off 15 aces from Raonic to win in two tie breaks. The first tie break was all Ferrer who raced to a 6-0 lead and won it 7-2. The second tie break was much closer as Raonic led 3-1 but Ferrer fought back to win it 7 points to 5. Sunday sees Nadal and Ferrer facing off in the final for the fourth time at Barcelona. 30 year old Ferrer is looking to win his fourth title of the year while Nadal is gunning for his second title in 2012.
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