Nadal applauds, the crowd gets emotional and Ferrer says goodbye like a tennis giant
David Ferrer has said goodbye to the Rafa Nadal court emotional after playing his last match as professional in Barcelona precisely in front of his eternal rival, who with today has defeated him for the sixth time at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. While Nadal applauded joining the 8,000 spectators who have filled the venue, the player from Alicante has left his hair band of the clay of the stage that has represented much in his career.
The public chanted “Ferru, Ferru” knowing that they had attended a part of tournament history. “I’m happy,” Ferrer said. I have given everything I could and everything I had. And I can only say that losing to Rafa is a pride, as it has been on other occasions, as it was last year in the US Open.”
Nadal was up to the task: “David is a tennis great and is part of the history of the tournament. I feel said he is leaving, although everyone knows why he makes decisions like this. Ferrer could continue in the circuit without any doubt because his tennis level has become very high again.”
The third round clash has been a topsy-turvy one with two rain delays. The court was getting heavy and that might have affected the player from Alicante, who will definitely say goodbye to tennis in the next tournament of the circuit in Spain, the Mutua Madrid Open.
The result of this historic match has been 6-3, 6-3 and has lasted 1h.56′. And although the score may suggest that it has been relatively simple for Nadal, they both fought a great deal on the court. The champion finally won, who had better win/loss record in the match with 20 winners and 20 unforced errors (12). It was Nadal´s 60th victory in the tournament and this will allow him to play the quarterfinals for the thirteenth time. His rival will be the winner of the clash between the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the German Jan-Lennard Struff.