Both players struggled in the first few sets, with Ferrer making a break point in the second game before Nadal rallied to make a save. Rafa then broke Ferrer’s serve in the third game and moved up to 4-1 after Ferrer’s next service game.
Nadal faltered in the sixth game and Ferrer broke back, but a net by Ferrer gave Nadal the advantage to take the first set. He again broke Ferrer in the first game of the second set. However, Ferrer managed to hold in the third game, pulling in even at 2-2, before Nadal regained his lead for the rest of the game. He chalked up the win after Ferrer hit his backhand wide.
Nadal’s sole defeat in Barcelona came at the hands of fellow Spaniard Alex Corretja in 2003. He had previously won from 2005 to 2009, defeating Ferrer in 2008 and 2009. The victory improves Rafa’s record over Ferrer at 13-5 with a 5-0 record in the finals. After a defeat to Ferrer in 2004, Nadal has consistently beaten the latter 10 consecutive times.
“It is a dream for me to win here six times,” Rafa said. “I think it will be difficult to repeat. Six years is a long time in the life of a tennis player.”
This is also his 45th ATP career title and his second trophy after defeating David Ferrer in Monte Carlo after straight sets.