Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer will square off in the 2014 French Open quarterfinals.
I think it’s fair to say that Nadal has yet to even break a sweat in this tournament, as he’s beaten all four of his opponents in straight sets. Leonardo Mayer is the only player to get more than three points in a given set against Nadal, and he did it only once. Of course, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. While Nadal is arguably the best in the world and is considered the king of clay, he’s won the last four French Opens and seven of the last eight. It’s going to take a hell of a performance for somebody to stop Nadal with the way he’s playing right now.
Ferrer has done fairly well in the tournament in his own right, winning 12 of 13 sets so far. Kevin Anderson is the only player who has taken a set from Ferrer in this tournament, as he won a tiebreak in the third set of their match on Monday. Ferrer will be Nadal’s toughest match so far, as he’s now reached at least the quarterfinals in 10 straight Grand Slams. Ferrer also played in last year’s French Open final before losing to Nadal in straight sets. Ferrer isn’t the most talented player on the tour, but he’s well-conditioned and a fighter on the court.
This will be the 27th meeting between the two and Nadal leads the series 20-6. However, Ferrer has won two of the last three matches, including a 2014 meeting at the Monte Carlo Masters. It was only the second time in 18 tries that Ferrer has beaten Nadal on clay.
It’s no secret that this is going to be a tough matchup and Ferrer and he likely is going to lose. However, Ferrer never backs down from anybody and usually gives his best effort when you least expect it. While Nadal is going to be the overwhelming favorite, I like Ferrer to keep it close and possibly be the first player to take at least one set from Nadal.
Give me Ferrer and the points.