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« Reply #160 on: April 28, 2012, 10:48:05 AM »
Saturday, 28 April

Singles - Semifinals

(1) Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. (9) Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 60 64 in 1h25'
Nadal reaches his 7th final in the event, ties record of Orantes!

Doubles - Semifinals
Marcel Granollers (ESP) / Marc Lopez (ESP) d. [8] Oliver Marach (AUT) / Alexander Peya (AUT) 76(4) 61 in 1h24'
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« Reply #161 on: April 28, 2012, 11:56:45 AM »
Nadal Storms Into 7th Barcelona Final, To Face Ferrer In All-Spanish Final



World No. 2 Rafael Nadal set a repeat of the 2011 final with David Ferrer at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell after dismissing Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 6-4 in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Nadal is bidding for his seventh title at this ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tennis tournament, following triumphs in 2005-2009 and 2011, and takes a 13-4 career lead over Ferrer into the clash. He dropped just six games when they clashed in last year’s title match and has won 10 of their 11 clay-court meetings.

"It's even more special to reach a final at home," said Nadal. "I enjoy this tournament a lot. Tomorrow I will have to play perfect to have a chance to beat one of best players in the world. I will try to play aggressive and hope David doesn't have one of his best days."

The 25-year-old Nadal was ruthless in the 29-minute first set against Verdasco, reeling off six straight games and dropping just five points on serve. Verdasco offered more resistance in the second set, and did create three break points. He was unable to convert, though, and a break of serve in the fifth game sufficed for Nadal as he claimed victory in 85 minutes.

Nadal has won 76 straight matches on clay in the month of April and came into Barcelona on the back of winning his eighth-straight title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (d. Djokovic). He is bidding for his 48th tour-level title.

"Today I played a very strong first set, maybe the best I've had on clay so far this season," said Nadal. "To win in Monte-Carlo and to reach a final in Barcelona, no matter what happens tomorrow I have had a great start to clay season."
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« Reply #162 on: April 28, 2012, 12:07:30 PM »
David Ferrer Battles Down Milos Raonic for Final Spot

Spain’s No. 6 David Ferrer survived a 125-minute two-set marathon against Canadian No. 25 Milos Raonic (7-6, 7-6) in a thrilling match that featured long rallies to book the final ticket at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

“It was emotional,” said Ferrer, who has qualified for his fourth Trofeo Conde de Godó final. “This tournament is very special to me,” he added, knowing that he might face fellow Spaniard Rafa Nadal tomorrow, who beat Ferrer in the three previous finals at the Real Club Tenis Barcelona.
 
Raonic set the tone with his intimidating serve, recording 15 aces, compared to zero for Ferrer. Neither player managed to break the other’s serve.
 
“It is unbelievable,” Ferrer said. “At this moment he has the best serve on the tour.”
 
The Spaniard has now won all four matches that he has played against Raonic.
 
Ferrer advances to the final of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell against the winner between Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco.
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« Reply #163 on: April 28, 2012, 12:09:47 PM »
Nadal Serves Bagel to Reach Seventh Barcelona Final

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal dismissed fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in two sets to reach his record seventh final at the Real Club Tenis Barcelona. Six-time Trofeo Conde de Godó champion Nadal trashed his rival in the opener to seal the victory after a closer second set: 6-0, 6-4 in one hour and 24 minutes.
 
Nadal will face countryman David Ferrer in a repetition of the 2011 final tomorrow. World No. 6 Ferrer will try to challenge his long-time rival to win the first of four finals against Nadal at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.
 
Rafael Nadal has not lost a match in the month of April since 2005 (lost to Igor Andreev in Valencia), clinching the impressive number of 75 successive victories on clay. Between the tournaments in Monte Carlo and Barcelona this season, Nadal has not lost a set and only 45 games.
 
Monte Carlo:
Jarkko Nieminen       7
Mikhail Kukushkin     2
Stanislas Wawrinka  9
Gilles Simon              7
Novak Djokovic          4
 
Barcelona:
García-López             3
Robert Farah              5
Janko Tipsarevic       4
Fernando Verdasco  4
 
Nadal started off strong, breaking Verdasco to love in the first game of the match. The Spaniard, who has won his 33 successive win in Barcelona, was happy to finish the match in straight sets.
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« Reply #164 on: April 28, 2012, 12:52:31 PM »
Doubles - Semifinals

Fourth seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski reached the final for the third time after battling past second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 6-3, 0-6, 10-6. The Poles capitalised on three of their four break point opportunities to prevail in 64 minutes.

Fyrstenberg and Matkowski finished runners-up at the ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament in 2006 (l. to Knowles/Nestor) and 2008 (l. to Bryans). They are bidding for their first title of the season.

In Sunday's title match, Fyrstenberg and Matkowski will play Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. The Spaniards eased past eighth seeds Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya 7-6(4), 6-1 to move into their second team final of the season, following their runner-up finish in Acapulco (l. to Marrero/Verdasco). They are aiming to lift their first trophy in four finals together.
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« Reply #165 on: April 28, 2012, 12:55:55 PM »
ORDER OF PLAY - SUNDAY, 29 APRIL, 2012

Pista Central, capacity 8400, Start 12:30 pm

Marcel Granollers (ESP) / Marc Lopez (ESP) v [4] Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) / Marcin Matkowski (POL)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) v [3] David Ferrer (ESP)

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« Reply #166 on: April 28, 2012, 01:04:03 PM »
Pista Central Packed for Final Showdown: Nadal vs. Ferrer



The Center Court at the Real Club Tennis Barcelona will be packed with tennis fans that look forward to watching Spain’s best players fight for the 2012 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell title. Defending champion Rafael Nadal will take on World No. 6 David Ferrer at 4 pm tomorrow, Sunday.
 
The 60th anniversary of the Trofeo Conde de Godo, Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell has featured many top players competing at the prestigious Real Club Tenis Barcelona for one of the most historic tennis trophies. Ferrer and Nadal have defeated Canada’s Milos Raonic and Spain’s Fernando Verdasco respectively in today’s semi-finals to set up an all-Spanish final.
 
Tickets were going very fast with this year with only 75 tickets available on the Center Court for the doubles and singles finals.
 
The redevelopment of the Center Court (Pista Central) has improved the quality of the seating and the visibility for spectators as the light poles were removed. The capacity has been increased to 8,400 seats, allowing 6% more spectators into the stadium than in previous years.
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« Reply #167 on: April 28, 2012, 01:05:17 PM »
The final: part 1
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The final: part 1
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« Reply #168 on: April 28, 2012, 02:10:13 PM »
Congrats to Nadal, but I find Spanish players to be simply pathetic against him .... I don't even feel like watching any Spanish player against Rafa ... boring me to death  ..-)

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« Reply #169 on: April 28, 2012, 02:16:05 PM »
Granollers and Lopez Aim for First Spanish Double Crown Since 1997

Spain’s double Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez beat the Austrian pair Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya 7-6 (4), 6-1 to book their final ticket at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and taking revenge for the Davis Cup loss against Austria only a few weeks ago.

Granollers and Lopez seek to become the first Spanish double in 15 years to lift the prestigious trophy at the Real Club Tenis Barcelona. The last Spanish doubles title dates back to 1997, when the pair Alberto Berasategui and Jordi Burillo claimed the Trofeo Conde de Godó title.

Tomorrow’s singles finalist Rafael Nadal has taken two shots at the doubles title in Barcelona, playing two finals on the side of a fellow Spaniard. While the World No. 2 teamed up with Bartolome Salva-Vidal five years ago (lost to Pavel/Waske), Nadal played the final with Feliciano Lopez in 2005, losing to doubles specialist Leander Paes and Nenad Zimonjic in straight sets.

Granollers and Lopez will face World No. 11 double Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski. The Polish pair dismissed second seed Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor in three sets: 6-3, 0-6, 10-6. The final will take place at 12:30 on the Pista Central, ahead of the all-Spanish clash between Nadal and David Ferrer.
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« Reply #170 on: April 28, 2012, 05:47:57 PM »
Murray was eliminated when the tournament lost grace.

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« Reply #171 on: April 28, 2012, 10:18:55 PM »
Congrats to Nadal, but I find Spanish players to be simply pathetic against him .... I don't even feel like watching any Spanish player against Rafa ... boring me to death  ..-)

 
I've felt this way for some time.
 
Ferrer has become more of a bulldog since he quit smoking, a lot of energy.
 
The game of Ferrer just doesn't bother Nadal much at all.
Ferrer only beat Nadal once on clay in 2004, the other 3 wins were on hards.
 
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Players/Head-To-Head.aspx?pId=N409&oId=F401
 
 

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Re: ATP - 500 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell - 21-29 April 2012
« Reply #172 on: April 29, 2012, 05:31:10 AM »
Congrats to Nadal, but I find Spanish players to be simply pathetic against him .... I don't even feel like watching any Spanish player against Rafa ... boring me to death  ..-)

 
I've felt this way for some time.
 
Ferrer has become more of a bulldog since he quit smoking, a lot of energy.
 
The game of Ferrer just doesn't bother Nadal much at all.
Ferrer only beat Nadal once on clay in 2004, the other 3 wins were on hards.
 
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Players/Head-To-Head.aspx?pId=N409&oId=F401


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Re: ATP - 500 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell - 21-29 April 2012
« Reply #173 on: April 29, 2012, 05:53:35 AM »
BARCELONA SUNDAY PREVIEW – NADAL EYES HISTORY, FERRER FIRST BARCELONA TITLE IN FOURTH FINAL


Rafael Nadal is chasing a seventh title in Barcelona.

• Spain’s Top 2 players square off Sunday in the final of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, their fourth time meeting in the final of one of their home country’s leading tournaments on the ATP World Tour. This is the 10th all-Spanish final in Barcelona in the Open Era (since 1968), the sixth involving Nadal (fourth vs. Ferrer). This will also be the 10th straight year a Spaniard wins the Barcelona title (since ’03).

• Having just won his eighth Monte Carlo title in a row, World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has cruised through to the final here in Barcelona, losing just 16 games in four rounds, including wins over World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic and former No. 7 Fernando Verdasco. He has won this tournament the last six times he has played it (did not play in 2010) and is now on a 33-match win streak here (he has also won the last 30 sets he has played here).

• With the eight Monte Carlo titles, Nadal is one of three players in the Open Era to have won any ATP World Tour event seven times (also Jimmy Connors in Birmingham, Alabama, Guillermo Vilas in Buenos Aires and Pete Sampras at Wimbledon).  Nadal could be the first player in the Open Era to win two ATP World Tour events seven times. The Mallorcan has a 20-match winning streak on clay since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Rome final last May. Nadal is playing in his 69th ATP World Tour level final (47-21 mark) and 38th on clay (33-4). The only players to defeat Nadal in a clay final are Novek Djokovic and Roger Federer (twice each).

• After cruising through the early rounds, World No. 6 David Ferrer has shown his fighting spirit in the last two rounds, saving three match points to defeat No. 7 seed Feliciano Lopez in the quarter-finals and then edging No. 11 seed Milos Raonic in two tie-breaks in the semi-finals. Ferrer has reached the final here three previous times, in 2008-09 and last year, but fell to Nadal each time.  Ferrer is going for his ATP World Tour season-high and personal-best fourth title of the year. He already won Auckland, Buenos Aires and Acapulco this year); he also won three titles in 2007.  Ferrer is playing in his 29th ATP World Tour final (14-14 mark) and 18th on clay (8-9). He is 1-11 lifetime in finals vs. Top 10 opponents.

• Nadal leads Ferrer 13-4 in their head-to-head series  but more relevantly Nadal is 4-0 against Ferrer in Barcelona and Nadal has won their last 10 clay court meetings (10-1 overall, losing their first). Nadal is also 10-0 lifetime vs. his countrymen in finals.

WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner:  € 301,150 and 500 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: € 151,630 and 300 South African Airways ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY –
Nadal:  Appearing in his 69th ATP World Tour level final………..…….47-21 in finals (1-1 in ’12)   
           Appearing in his 38th clay court final…………………………….33-4 in finals (1-0 in ’12)
Ferrer:  Appearing in his 29th ATP World Tour final…………………….14-14 in finals (3-0 in ’12) 
            Appearing in his 18th clay court final……………………………..8-9 in finals (2-0 in ’12)

All-Spanish Finals -- This is the sixth all-Spanish final in the past eight years, all involving Nadal, and the 10th all-Spanish final in Barcelona in the Open Era (since 1968):
2012 – Nadal vs Ferrer
2011 -- Nadal d. Ferrer 62 64
2009 -- Nadal d. Ferrer 62 75
2008 -- Nadal d. Ferrer 61 46 61
2006 -- Nadal d. Tommy Robredo 64 64 60
2005 -- Nadal d. Juan Carlos Ferrero 61 76(4) 63
2001 -- Ferrero d. Carlos Moya 46 75 63 36 75
1997 -- Albert Costa d. Albert Portas 75 64 64
1991 -- Emilio Sanchez d. Sergi Bruguera 64 76(7) 62
1969 -- Manuel Orantes d. Manuel Santana 64 75 64
 
CLAY COURT KING – Nadal has the best career match record on clay in the Open Era with a 240-18 mark (.930) and he’s 33-4 in clay finals. Here's a year-by-year look at Nadal's clay court supremacy since 2005, compiling a 213-8 match record (.963) and 32-4 mark in clay court finals on the ATP World Tour:
             W-L    Clay Finals
2012 –  9-0          1-0
2011 – 28-2         3-2 (l. to Djokovic twice)
2010 -  22-0         4-0
2009 -  23-2         3-1 (l. to Federer)
2008 -  24-1         4-0
2007 -  31-1         5-1 (l. to Federer)
2006 -  26-0         4-0
2005 -  50-2         8-0
Note: Only two players (Djokovic & Federer twice each) have defeated Nadal in a clay court final

Open Era Clay Court Title Leaders – Nadal is No. 3 in the Open Era clay court titles leaders list:
                                             No.
1) Guillermo Vilas                    45
2) Thomas Muster                    40
3) Rafael Nadal                        33
4) Bjorn Borg, Manuel Orantes  30
6) Ivan Lendl, Ilie Nastase        28
8) Jose-Luis Clerc                    21
9) Mats Wilander                       20
10)Andres Gomez, Carlos Moya  16

2012 ATP World Tour Match Wins Leaders – Ferrer and Nadal lead the way in ATP World Tour match wins this season:

                            W-L    Titles
1) David Ferrer       28-4   3        4) Novak Djokovic  24-3 2
2) Rafael Nadal       26-3   1        5)  Roger Federer  23-3 3
    Nicolas Almagro 26-9     1       Juan Martin del Potro 23-6 1

ROAD TO THE FINAL

(1) Rafael Nadal (ESP #2)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP #78)  61 62 (1:21)
3rd Rd: d. (Q) Robert Farah (COL #246)  62 63 (1:26)
QF: d. (5) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB #8)  62 62 (1:23)
SF: d. (9) Fernando Verdasco (ESP #20)  60 64 (1:25)

(3) David Ferrer (ESP #6)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. (WC) Filip Krajinovic (SRB #789)  60 63 (0:58)
3rd Rd: d. Albert Montanes (ESP #69)   60 62 (1:20)
QF: d. (7) Feliciano Lopez (ESP #16)  67(4) 76(7) 63 (2:45)
SF: d. (11) Milos Raonic (CAN #25)   76(2) 76(5) (2:05)

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS –

Pista Central –

(1)Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs (3) David Ferrer (ESP) Nadal Leads 13-4
04 Stuttgart (Germany) Clay QF David Ferrer 6-3 6-7(3) 7-5
05 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard SF Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3
05 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay SF Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-4 7-5
05 Roland Garros (France) Clay QF Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-2 6-0
07 Barcelona (Spain) Clay SF Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-1
07 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R16 David Ferrer 6-7(3)6-4 7-6(4) 6-2
07 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard RR David Ferrer 4-6 6-4 6-3
08 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay QF Rafael Nadal 6-1 7-5
08 Barcelona (Spain) Clay Final Rafael Nadal 6-1 4-6 6-1
09 Barcelona (Spain) Clay Final Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-5
09 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal (Canada)Hard R32 Rafael Nadal 4-3 ret
10 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard R16 Rafael Nadal 7-6(5)6-4
10 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay SF Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-3
10 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay Final Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-2
11 Australian Open (Australia) Hard QF David Ferrer 6-4 6-2 6-3
11 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo  Clay Final Rafael Nadal 6-4 7-5
11 Barcelona (Spain) Clay Final Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-4

                               Rafael Nadal David Ferrer
 Sets Won:                       29              12
 Tiebreak Sets Won:           3                1

 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay:                          10 (5-0 in finals) 1
 Hard:                               3                 3

 
Nadal FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (d Djokovic); F: Australian Open (l Djokovic); SF: Doha (l Monfils); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Federer); ATP  Masters 1000 Miami (W/O vs Murray)
YTD W-L: 26-3 (9-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 47
Date of Birth: June 3, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 2

• Nadal, 25, the six-time champion (2005-09, ‘11), has a 34-1 career match record in Barcelona, winning 33 matches in a row since his only loss to countryman Alex Corretja in the second round in 2003…Has only dropped 16 games en route to seventh final here, beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 61 62, qualifier Robert Farah 62 63, No. 5 seed/No. 9 ranked Janko Tipsarevic 62 62 and No. 9 seed Fernando Verdasco 60 64…Has won 68 of 70 sets during streak (’06 QF vs. Nieminen, ’08 F vs. Ferrrer)…During week, has held serve 28 of 31 games (90%), saving 10 of 13 break pts. and winning 20 of 33 return games (61%), converting 20 of 40 break pts.
• Has a 47-21 career record in ATP World Tour finals (33-4 on clay) and 10-0 lifetime vs. Spaniards in finals…Has won 20 straight clay court matches since losing to Djokovic in last year’s Rome final
• The 25-year-old Mallorcan native is 26-3 on the season and last week he captured a record eighth straight title at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (d. Djokovic)…Held serve 42 of 45 games and didn’t lose a set en route to his first title since Roland Garros last June (went 12 events since Paris)
• Opened the season by reaching semi-finals in Doha (l. to  Monfils) and followed with runner-up at the Australian Open, falling to Djokovic 57 64 62 67 75 in a record 5:53 marathon…Has reached the last four Grand Slam finals (1-3 mark) going back to Roland Garros (10-5 lifetime in finals)
• Prior to last week, his last match was Mar. 28 in Miami where he defeated No. 6 Tsonga in the quarter-finals before withdrawing from SF (vs. Murray) due to left knee injury…It was only second walkover he gave in 777 matches (’04 Estoril)
• Prior to Miami, he reached the singles semi-finals (l. to Federer) and captured his eighth career doubles title (w/M. Lopez) in Indian Wells…Did not drop a set in five matches during doubles play

Final Results in Barcelona: (total games lost in tourn.) #Four matches won
2011 - d. No. 6 David Ferrer (21) 62 64  2007 - d. No. 28 Guillermo Canas (28)     63 64 
2009 - d. No. 13 David Ferrer (18) #  62 75  2006 - d. No. 15 Tommy Robredo (39)      64 64 60
2008 - d. No. 5 David Ferrer (28) 61 46 61  2005 - d. No.  58 Juan Carlos Ferrero (24)   61 76 63

10 YEARS AGO TODAY! April 29, 2002 – Rafael Nadal, at age 15, makes his ATP World Tour debut at the Mallorcan Open, and beats Paraguay’s Ramon Delgado 6-4, 6-4 in the first round to become the ninth player under the age of 16 to win an ATP match. Says Nadal following the win, “I really wanted to go out there and play well. I knew it was going to be difficult, but I held my game. I thought I played well, keeping the ball deep and maintaining the power." From Randy Walker's book ON THIS DAY IN TENNIS HISTORY
 www.TennisHistoryBook.com
 
Ferrer FastFacts:
2012 Highlights:
W: Auckland (d Rochus); Buenos Aires (d Almagro); Acapulco (d Verdasco); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 28-4 (16-1 on clay)
YTD Titles: 3/Career Titles: 14
Date of Birth: April 2, 1982
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 6

• Ferrer, 30, the No. 2 Spaniard, is making his fourth final showing here in his 10th appearance (25-9 mark), losing to Nadal in 2008,’09, ’11 finals…Also lost to his countryman in SFin 2007
• Opened with a 60 63 win over Serbian Filip Krajinovic and followed with a 60 62 victory over countryman Albert Montanes, saved three match points in 67(4) 76(7) 63 win over No. 7 seed Feliciano Lopez and then beat No. 11 seed Milos Raonic 76(2) 76(5) in the semi-finals (saving four break pts.)
• Has held serve 43 of 44 games this week (98%), saving 10 of 11 break pts. (91%), and winning 78% of first serve pts. and 65% of second serve pts…Has broken opponents 11 of 42 games
• The Valencia resident is trying to capture a career-best and season-high fourth title on the ATP World Tour…Co-leader (w/Federer) and his three titles ties a career-high (also in 2007)…Has a 14-14 career mark in ATP World Tour finals, 8-9 on clay
• He enters with a 28-4 match record (most wins) on the season, including 16-1 on clay and 12-3 on hard…Last week lost his first and only clay court match in the opening round (after bye) to Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci in Monte Carlo
• Won three of first four tournaments in Auckland (d. Rochus), Buenos Aires (d. Almagro) and Acapulco (d. Verdasco)…In his other  tournaments he didn’t win, reached quarter-finals at the Australian Open and Miami (l. to Djokovic in both) and third round at Indian Wells (l. to Istomin)
• Looking for first Top 10 win of the season (0-2), second of career in a final vs. Top 10  (1-11)...Lone win came over No. 7 Tommy Robredo in ’07 Auckland…Overall has a 35-66 mark vs. Top 10 opponents

Beating Nadal twice on Clay – Ferrer is trying to become the fourth player to beat Nadal twice on clay. The others are: Gaston Gaudio (3), Novak Djokovic (2) and Roger Federer (2), Ferrer’s previous clay court win came in their first meeting (QFs) in Stuttgart in July 2004. Since then, Nadal has won 10 in a row on clay.

DOUBLES FINAL - (4) Fyrstenberg/Matkowski (POL/POL) vs. Granollers/M. Lopez (ESP/ESP)
• No. 4 seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, have since been pushed to match tie-breaks in all three of their rounds en route to the final (including in their quarter-final win over No. 7 seeds Qureshi/Rojer and semi-final win over No. 2 seeds Mirnyi/Nestor)
• Fyrstenberg and Matkowski are playing in their 33nd ATP World Tour doubles final together (11-21 record, they have never reached an ATP World Tour final with another player)
• Unseeded Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez have been pushed to a match tie-break just once in four rounds en route to the final; they have taken out three seeded duos this week: No. 5 seeds Cermak/Polasek, No. 3 seed Bhupathi/Zimonjic (who they lost the one set to) and No. 8 seeds Marach/Peya
• Granollers and Lopez are playing their fourth ATP World Tour doubles final together and are 0-3 in their first three (Zagreb and Stuttgart in 2011 and Acapulco earlier this year)
• Doubles final W-L: Fyrstenberg (11-21), Matkowski (11-21), Granollers (6-8), Lopez (6-6)
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Re: ATP - 500 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell - 21-29 April 2012
« Reply #174 on: April 29, 2012, 06:33:45 AM »
another clay title coming today.......show no mercy, rafa......
Marian Vajda to Novak Djokovic, "I saw you beat that man like I never saw no man get beat before, and the man KEPT COMING AFTER YOU! Now we don't need no man like that in our lives."

i demand french open to be renamed RAFAEL GARROS

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Re: ATP - 500 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell - 21-29 April 2012
« Reply #175 on: April 29, 2012, 07:46:59 AM »
Sunday, 29 April,

Doubles - Final

[4] Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) / Marcin Matkowski (POL) d. Marcel Granollers (ESP) / Marc Lopez (ESP) 26 76(7) 10-8 in 1h57'
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Re: ATP - 500 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell - 21-29 April 2012
« Reply #176 on: April 29, 2012, 08:38:41 AM »
Poles Back From The Brink To Triumph In Barcelona

Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski saved three match points to triumph at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell on Sunday. The fourth seeds rallied from a set down to edge Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 2-6, 7-6(7), 10-8.

Fyrstenberg and Matkowski had needed Match Tie-breaks to win all three of their rounds en route to the final, including a semi-final win over No. 2 seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor on Saturday. After saving three match points in the second set tie-break of the final, they clinched a tight victory in one hour and 57 minutes, having saved all six break points they faced.

It was a case of third time lucky for Fyrstenberg and Matkowski in the final of this ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tennis tournament. They finished runners-up in 2006 (l. to Knowles/Nestor) and 2008 (l. to Bryans).

The Poles, who are currently eighth in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings Race To London, captured their 12th ATP World Tour team title and their first of the season after a runner-up showing in Dubai (l. to Bhupathi/Bopanna).

The unseeded pairing of Granollers and Lopez were contesting their fourth ATP World Tour doubles final together and dropped to a 0-4 record. They had knocked out three seeded teams to reach the final.
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Re: ATP - 500 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell - 21-29 April 2012
« Reply #177 on: April 29, 2012, 10:48:17 AM »
what a great match between Nadal and Ferrer.  pure quality... Rafa takes the first set

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Re: ATP - 500 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell - 21-29 April 2012
« Reply #178 on: April 29, 2012, 11:54:49 AM »
Sunday, 29 April,

Singles - Final

(1) Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. (3) David Ferrer (ESP) 76(1) 75 in 2 hours 40 minutes!
epic battle! feeling very sad for Ferru, record 4 times runner up in the history of the event.
Ferru had 5 set points in the 1st and serve to send the final to a decider!
Congrats to Rafa! record 7 titles in this event!
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Re: ATP - 500 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell - 21-29 April 2012
« Reply #179 on: April 29, 2012, 12:13:59 PM »
and here we go again. pathetic choke from Ferrer, meh .... just stupid  ..-). i don't even know why I bothered watching this sh!tfest ....