Nadal wins seventh title at Barcelona

Barcelona Open
By Rajesh Srinivasan, April 30th, 2012

Rafael Nadal created history on Sunday by winning his seventh title at Barcelona beating David Ferrer 7-6(1), 7-5 n 2 hours and 40 minutes. This was his second title in two weeks and his 48th career title. Nadal became the only player in the Open Era to win two tournaments at least 7 times following his eighth title at Monte Carlo last week. This was his 34th title on clay only behind Thomas Muster and Guillermo Vilas.

Rafael Nadal wins Barcelona Open 2012 title

Rafael Nadal wins Barcelona Open 2012 title

The first set saw Nadal start off making more errors than usual particularly off the backhand wing and Ferrer capitalised to break serve and 2-0, 30-0 but gave away the advantage with some errors of his own. There was a brief hold up in play as a spectator needed medical attention and on resumption Nadal again was in trouble at 0-30 on serve. Nadal fought back to hold to 2-2 but faced more threat on serve staving off a break point at 2-3.

The key to Ferrer’s good performance was his ability to take his backhand on the rise by stepping in and hitting it deep cross court for winners and his volleying at the net. At 5-5, Ferrer saved a break point on his serve and then attacked Nadal when he served to stay in the set at 5-6. Nadal staved off five set points in a marathon game with some ferocious forehands and good serves. Nadal dominated the tie break to win it 7 points to 1.

The second set saw Nadal break early to 3-1 but the very next game was down 0-40 on serve. After fighting back to deuce, Nadal then missed a pretty easy backhand at the forecourt to lose the game. At 4-4, Nadal was again in trouble at 0-40 and saved two break points but a double fault handed Ferrer the break and a chance to serve for the set. Ferrer was a couple of points from taking the set to the decider at deuce but could not close out the set. When Ferrer was serving to stay in the match at 5-6, Nadal seized the opportunity by hitting aggressive ground strokes to break at love. Nadal did not play at his best but won the points that mattered most. It was Nadal’s 21st consecutive match win on clay.

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