Ridiculous stat: Rafael Nadal has a 141-4 win record on clay since 2005.
Okay, back to business: here are some highlights from Saturday’s semi final matches at the Barcelona Open. Rafael Nadal defeated a back-from-injury Nikolay Davydenko, 6-3, 6-2, and David Ferrer took out Fernando Gonzalez in three: 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(5). David described his win as “a crazy match that could have gone either way.”
Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer will face each other on Sunday in a rematch of the 2008 final, which Nadal won in three sets. Rafa’s going for his fifth straight title in Barcelona.
Ferrer’s take on the final: “Rafa is the World No. 1 and the best on clay, it’s very difficult to beat him. I’ll try to play good tennis, if not I’m dead, but I’m not thinking about whether or not I’ll beat him, I go on the court to play as well as possible.”
Rafa leads the head-to-head against Ferrer, 6 to 3.
Here’s another video from the ATP, where David Ferrer makes a half-hearted attempt to describe how to beat Nadal on clay: