Sunday, April 29, 2012

NEWS: The Reign in Spain continues with Rafael Nadal

Another clay court title for the Spaniard
Two of the best players that the country of Spain has ever produced are no doubt Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer. So it should be no huge surprise that they were the ones to face off in the finals of the the Barcelona Open BancSabadell in Barcelona, Spain. The first set was a spectacular display of quality ball striking as the grunts produced by the two men showed their effort into each shot. When the clay dust cleared, Nadal had taken the tightly contested first set in a tiebreaker. The second set saw Nadal taking an early break, but Ferrer–ever the fighter–fought back and found himself at 5-6 in the second set and serving to stay alive. Nadal was to have none of that however after 2 hours and 40 minutes, as he became the only player in history to have won two tournaments at least 7 times.  
    In 2012, he has already won the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on red clay for the 8th time, and he took away his 48th ATP World Tour career title with the win in Barcelona. Ironically, David Ferrer has actually taken one more match this year than Nadal and has an additional championship trophy to his name for his troubles. 
    Nonetheless, Rafael Nadal walked away the champion of this matchup and is no doubt the man to beat for the remainder of the clay court season. 

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