Nadal to face Ferrer in Barcelona Open Final

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Six time champion Rafael Nadal will face fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the Barcelona Open Final this afternoon. The World No.2 (1/4 to win in straight sets) swept past another Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 6-4 to book his place in today’s final.

The statistics are all in Nadal's favour, with the 25-year-old having triumphed in his last 33 matches in this competition, beating Ferrer in the 2008, 2009 and 2011 finals. However the defending champion (8/11 -5.5 games Match Handicap) is not underestimating his Davis Cup team-mate. He said "David is always tough. He is a rival you never want to face."

Ferrer (7/1 to win the match) found life more difficult in his semi-final against 21-year-old Canadian Milos Raonic, who again produced the same massive serve that saw off Andy Murray in straight sets in the quarter-finals. Raonic hit 15 aces but third-seeded Ferrer worked him around the court with well-placed ground strokes and ultimately proved the better finisher in the two tie-breakers, despite being 3-1 behind at one stage in the second.

Ferrer, who eventually triumphed 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-5), said "It was very difficult to beat him. We both had our chances. It was a question of winning or losing the key points."

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