Nadal Fillets Ferrer for Eighth French Open Crown

by John on June 9, 2013

Nadal 2013

Commentator and tennis great John McEnroe likened today’s French Open final to a heavyweight versus middleweight boxing match. Rocky Marciano against Sugar Ray Leonard, if you will. It was to a degree. Rafael Nadal pummeled fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 this afternoon to capture his eighth French Open title in damp, heavy conditions at Roland Garros. Nadal became the first man to win eight Grand Slam titles at any major and improved to 59-1 on the terre battue in Paris. His only loss was to Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009. With 12 majors overall now, Nadal moves into a third-place tie with Roy Emerson. The 27-year-old Spaniard trails only Roger Federer (17) and Pete Sampras (14). Ferrer and Nadal are probably the two most ferocious and dogged competitors in the game. Both lived up to their reputation, grinding away from the baseline, running from corner to corner, making impossible gets and engaging in lengthy, energy-sapping rallies. But in the end it was the taller and heavier Nadal’s weight of shot, heavy topspin and ability to go from defense to offense in a split second that won out. Nadal hit 35 winners to 22 for Ferrer and committed 25 unforced errors to 35 for his opponent. Rafa, on a seven-month injury sabbatical after Wimbledon last year, has played lights out since returning to the tour in February. He has won seven titles in nine finals and posted a 43-2 record. “I never like to compare years,” Nadal said. “But it’s true that this year means something very special for me. Five months ago, nobody on my team dreamed about a comeback like this.” Nadal improved to 20-4 against Ferrer and 17-1 on clay. On Friday Nadal defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in an epic semifinal lasting four hours and 37 minutes. Today’s match topped out at two hours and 16 minutes, with Nadal showing no signs of wear and tear. “Rafael, in important moments he’s the best,” Ferrer said. “He has everything, no? … He can play five sets two days ago and today he can play like similar tennis.”






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