Ferrer has Beaten Rafa in Big Matches
Ferrer has beaten Rafa in New York and Melbourne, is Paris next?
David Ferrer did defeat Rafael Nadal at the 2007 US Open and World Tour Finals. He also stopped the Rafa Slam in an injury marred 2011 Australian Open quarterfinal. Ferrer pushed Nadal twice on clay during the 2013 European swing of the tour. Finally, Ferrer is one of only two players with a chance to win the men’s title at Roland Garros.
If It Sounds like I am Grasping at Straws …
Everyone outside of Mallorca is hoping for a closer match than the one from Acapulco
It is because I am. Rafael Nadal is the most decorated Roland Garros champion of all time. He is likely to win his 8th French Open title in 9 years. David Ferrer is a great player and especially dangerous on clay, but his overall record versus Nadal is 4-19. His only clay court win versus Nadal came in 2004 when Rafa was just a stripling, and it was still a tight 3 set match. Ferrer has the speed and fitness to play long points versus Nadal, but he lacks the weapons to effectively pressure him in a 3 out of 5 set format. Ferrer’s best hope is that Nadal is spent from his 5 set battle with Novak Djokovic and that fatigue and nagging injuries allow Ferrer’s war of attrition approach to take a toll. This seems exceedingly unlikely.
Get ready for more teeth marks
Rafael Nadal d. David Ferrer 6-3, 6-3, 6-2