D. Ferrer at R. Nadal
|Date & Time||Thursday April 25, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
Real Club de Tenis Barcelona
R. Nadal -1000 / D. Ferrer +384
Rafael Nadal is set to play against David Ferrer in the third round of the 2019 ATP Barcelona Open.
Rafael Nadal has looked in supreme form over the past few weeks. Nadal won his previous match in 3 sets against Leonardo Mayer from Argentina. Nadal lost the opening set against Mayer but fought back extremely well to win the overall match. During the victory, Rafa served exceptionally well as he won 69% of his service points which resulted in the top seed winning 93% of his service games. Nadal has an extremely good record at this venue as he has won the ATP Barcelona multiple times and is the reigning champion.
On the other side of the coin, David Ferrer won his previous match in straight sets as he defeated Lucas Pouille from France. Ferrer is near the end of his career as he is expected to retire after the Madrid Masters. Ferrer has been an extremely strong player throughout his career but he has lost the pace and endurance that made him a top defensive player. Considering this is David Ferrer’s final appearance at the ATP Barcelona Open, the crowd should be behind the Spaniard.
Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer have a long history as they have played 31 times in the past. As it currently stands, Nadal has won on 25 occasions and Ferrer has won on 6 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the US Open where Rafa won.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Rafael Nadal to win this match. David Ferrer has had a very strong career but considering his age and endurance level, I don’t see the Spaniard competing against the top seed. Nadal is the stronger player and I see him winning this match.