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Rafael Nadal vs David Ferrer 4/25/19 Barcelona Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
D. Ferrer at R. Nadal
Date & Time Thursday April 25, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)
Location
Real Club de Tenis Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
The Line
R. Nadal -1000 / D. Ferrer +384
TV Channel
Tennis
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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.

Pick:
Rafael Nadal

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis, cricket and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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