Rafael Nadal has claimed his 45th career title and 6th at Barcelona beating compatriot David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4 after 1 hour and 49 minutes. Nadal did not play last year and was looking to try and add 500 points to hold off the advances of Novak Djokovic for as long as possible.
Rafa has made history winning the tournament in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011.
Nadal faced Ferrer for the title as he had in Monte Carlo last week and said that the injured Ferrer deserved a title for his brilliant efforts in the season so far. “I am very, very happy for the win and sorry for David, who is having a fantastic year and deserves a title. It’s bad luck for him having to play me in three finals but it’s my sixth title here and it’s a huge delight.”
The world number one took an early lead in the first set racing to 4-1 with a forehand winner before being broken and then breaking again, much the same way the Spaniards had exchanged breaks in Monte Carlo. At 5-2 Rafa served for the set.
Rafa then opened the second immediately with a break before Ferrer got things back on serve and battled to hold an epic game for a 3-2 lead. A tired Ferrer, who was starting to show the signs of a calf injury, forfeiting his service game for the final time in the match.
“I feel at home here. It’s a very special tournament. It always has been as I grew up watching this tournament. It’s a historical tournament with a great tradition and great champions. It’s more than a dream to win here six times.”
“I played a great first set. I was changing the directions of my shots very well. It’s been a very positive week and I think my level has been higher this week than in Monte-Carlo last week. My serve worked much better this week, especially, and also my forehand.” – Rafael Nadal
It’s always sad to lose, but it’s been a very good week. This tournament is very special to me. If someone told me I would reach the final in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, I would sign for sure.
It’s difficult to beat Rafa, especially on clay. It’s been a great season so far, I am very happy, and I hope to continue like this.” – David Ferrer