Nadal Wins 500th Career Match, Meets Ferrer for Barcelona Title Sunday
The Rafael Nadal express continues to chug along this clay season with no signs of slowing down. Earlier today, Nadal hammered Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the final in Barcelona where in a rematch of last week’s Monte Carlo title bout he’ll face his countryman David Ferrer, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Nicolas Almagro in the other semifinal.
The victory for Nadal was already the 500th of his career and at age 24 only Bjorn Borg (23) registered more wins at that age in tennis history.
“Maybe I didn’t play my best tennis today but I’m very happy to be through to another final here in Barcelona,” said Nadal who hasn’t lost a match in April (66 straight) since Igor Andreev at 2005 Valencia. “I expect a very difficult match tomorrow. David will play aggressively, with high intensity as always. He makes you play every point and I will have to play great tennis to win.”
After his win in Monte Carlo last Sunday, Nadal leads Ferrer 12-4 winning eight of the last nine with the only loss to David coming at the Australian Open this year when Rafa suffered an early injury. Rafa has also beaten Ferrer all three times they have played in Barcelona including consecutive finals in 2009-2009.
“Rafa is the best clay-court player in the history of the game,” said Ferrer who is 13-1 on the red stuff this year. “I will try and do better than last week, play my best tennis and fight until the end.”
Rafa has won his last 33 straight matches on clay dating back to that Robin Soderling French Open loss. Since, he’s also won a staggering 73 of the 76 sets he’s played on clay!
And tomorrow Nadal will bid for his sixth straight Barcelona title and 31st on clay. Will he get it? I see no reason he won’t.
Easter Sunday match time tomorrow is 10am ET. Tennis Channel has live coverage of the women’s Stuttgart final between Julia Georges – Caroline Wozniacki at 10am. A taped broadcast of the Barcelona final will air at 4pm ET.
SUNDAY BARCELONA SCHEDULE
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)
Not Before 4:00 PM
 R Nadal (ESP) vs  D Ferrer (ESP)
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