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For the 4th time, Rafa met David Ferrer in the final at Barcelona. I got home towards the end of the first set, but by all accounts on twitter it was a tightly fought affair with each guy playing well. Until the 11th game. Which was…awful. Rafa was serving to force a tiebreak and the play was tentative and error-riddled from both players. Ferrer had many break/set points (I think 6), but failed to push through. They went to a tiebreak that Rafa dominated. First set Rafa: 7-6(1).

They traded breaks early in the second set. It took awhile, but Ferrer finally seemed to recover from the loss of the first set and stepped up his play again - pushing Rafa. It paid off as Rafa double faulted to give Ferrer a break in the 8th game. But, Ferrer was unable to hold his next service game and we found ourselves back on serve 5-5. Rafa held and then fiercly broke Ferrer to win his 77th clay match in a row (in April) and his 7th Barcelona title: 7-6(1), 7-5.

Stats:

Nadal Ferrer
Statistics on Serve
Aces 4 0
Double Faults 3 2
1st Serve % 64% 75%
1st Serve Points Won 36/58 (62%) 38/70 (54%)
2nd Serve Points Won 18/33 (55%) 11/23 (48%)
Break Points Saved 12/15 (80%) 6/10 (60%)
Service Games Played 12 12
Statistics on Return
1st Return Points Won 32/70 (46%) 22/58 (38%)
Second Return Points Won 12/23 (52%) 15/33 (45%)
Break Points Won 4/10 (40%) 3/15 (20%)
Return Games Played 12 12
Statistics on Points
Total Service Points Won 54/91 (59%) 43/93 (46%)
Total Return Points Won 44/93 (47%) 37/91 (41%)
Total Points Won 98/184 (53%) 86/184 (47%)