David Ferrer stormed into the quarter finals being the world number 5 to set a blockbuster match with world number 1 and undisputed King of the clay Rafael Nadal. The match lived up to its expectations but there was a clear winner.
Ferrer came into the match with confidence as he had triumphed over Nadal in his past three clashes with him winning two out of three matches in the tournament. Before the match Ferrer’s motives were very clear as he had planned to play aggressive tennis and not giving much room to Rafael Nadal. In the first set itself Ferrer showed his class by taking away the set by 6-4 but after the first set it was total class and performance by Nadal who kept up his nerves and took the three sets from him with a 6-4, 6-0 and 6-1 win.
Ferrer gave a tough fight to Nadal and from the beginning he looked confident and aggressive and from the first set it felt as if he is going to clinch it from Nadal. He had beaten Nadal in the Monte Carlo Masters so he was pumped up. After the first set Ferrer looked nervous and became jittery, lost control and also turned inconsistent. He proved to be a better player against Nadal in the first set. But in the remaining three sets he could not convert any of the break chances.
Ferrer also could not play any big points like Nadal and in major grand slams once again Ferrer was ousted due to inexperience. Coming up with bigger and better shots is always opportune which Ferrer lacked totally but gave a tough fight to Rafael Nadal. Ferrer still has to learn to control the aggression and reserve the strength at peak times and once he does so he will be at the top of his game.