It was never going to be easy for David Ferrer to beat Rafael Nadal with Rafa giving up just 13 sets over the last 8 years with a 50-1 win-loss record in Paris. Unfortunately for David, Rafa was not in a giving mood. Nadal was impressive as he claimed his spot in the Roland Garros finals for the seventh time with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win in one hour 47 minutes.
It was one of those matches you couldn’t not watch. One of those matches you couldn’t understand why the Parisian crowd weren’t salivating over it. It was also a match where you felt the odds were stacked against Ferrer.
After a very close few games it was Nadal that broke first for a 3-2 and then again for a 5-2 lead and a chance to serve for the first set as the King of Clay found his range on his forehand.
Again Nadal broke early in the second set despite Ferrer putting everything on the line. As the rain started to fall David was forced to try and defend double break point while the crowd moved noisily to shield themselves.
Nadal took a 6-2, 4-1 lead before the players left the court.
With the extreme athleticism and graceful, ballet-like movements on display from both players Ferrer fought valiantly but was handled by his compatriot. Nadal looked like he was ice skating with ease as he slid and skidded almost effortlessly around the baseline, dominating more and more completely with each ferocious forehand.
Rafa broke again in the opening game of the third set, Nadal’s position in the final almost as secure as some observers thought it to be long before the first day of play.
A double fault gave Rafa a double break and a 4-1 lead in the third set followed by a comfortable hold to force David to serve to stay alive.
Nadal will now play the winner of Roger Federer V Novak Djokovic.