It was a repeat of last year’s Barcelona final as Rafa took on #13 David Ferrer for an all Spanish final. Last year Ferrer managed to take a set off Rafa, but Rafa was having none of that this time. For two Sundays in a row, Rafa has won his 5th consecutive Masters’ final at an event. This time, in straight sets: 6-2 7-5.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||58%||55%|
|1st Serve Points Won||24/38 (63%)||16/33 (48%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||15/27 (56%)||12/27(44%)|
|Break Points Saved||4/7 (57%)||7/13 (54%)|
|Service Games Played||10||10|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||17/33 (52%)||14/38 (37%)|
|Second Return Points Won||15/27 (56%)||12/27 (44%)|
|Break Points Won||6/13 (46%)||3/7 (43%)|
|Return Games Played||10||10|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||39/65 (60%)||28/60 (47%)|
|Total Return Points Won||32/60 (53%)||26/65 (40%)|
|Total Points Won||71/125 (57%)||54/125 (43%)|
As it happened blatherings:
They said it rained buckets in Barcelona earlier in the day and that’s made the conditions heavy.
Rafa comes out firing and gets triple break point on Ferrer’s first serve. Ferrer saves one break point and another with a fierce and deep forehand to Rafa’s forehand. On the third point, Ferrer nets a ball and Rafa’s up 1-0.
Kalliopeia: I’m going to pretend it’s the power of my new crochet project that got him that break.
miri: The full-body Rafa camera pans are already starting.
Kalliopeia: I told you so. :)
We should keep count. How many for Rafa and how many for Ferrer.
miri: get on that
Ferrer takes a short ball as an opportunity to go into the net and a nice volley gives him 30-30 on Rafa’s first service game. And…my stream died. While it was gone. Ferrer got a break point. Rafa saves with a nice serve and it’s deuce. Rafa hits a ball centimeters wide and it’s break point again. Ferrer breaks and we are back on serve.
Kalliopeia: man I knew that was going into the net the second he hit it
Kalliopeia: I’m going to have to switch back to my other blanket if he starts being stupid.
Kalliopeia: but my new one is SO PRETTY
Kalliopeia: I know, I know
Kalliopeia: but so far it looks like it might be okay…
Rafa hits an amazing cross-court forehand and breaks again: 2-1.
Kalliopeia: you know, I wonder if his headband was thinner, wearing it higher wouldn’t make it ride up
Kalliopeia: TOWEL IN FERRER’S MOUTH. I LOVE WHEN HE DOES THAT.
Lovely point from Rafa – moved Ferrer wide and then a perfect dropper.
Kalliopeia: there’s another one! is that two? and none for ferru?
miri: You are the one in charge of counting
Kalliopeia: I count what I see….between stitches. oh and by the way there is a microphone or something behind rafa that looks disturbingly like a sheepdog’s head on a stick.
miri: Well, I’m tweeting, chatting and match reporting – so not enough time to count
Rafa holds easily: 3-1. Rafa runs Ferrer ragged and breaks: 4-1.
miri: Ferrer trying to catch his breath on the change-over.
Kalliopeia: and Rafa’s bounding around like a gazelle
Double fault from Rafa and he’s behind on serve 15-30. The announcers are inventing their own drinking game – something about serving a certain number of lets in a row. At 30-40, Ferrer goes on offense and fires off an obscene winner to get to deuce. Two lovely volleys in a row give Rafa the game.
miri: the headband is already up a bit from the forehand tan line
Spectator caught on camera biting his nails gets embarrassed and everyone laughs.
Amazing running forehand from Rafa rips past Ferrer at the net.
Kalliopeia: poor ferru. you know he’s thinking WTF DO I HAVE TO DO???
Double fault from Ferrer gives Rafa a break and set point. Ferrer saves the point with a good serve and speedy forehand. Ferrer holds: 5-2.
Kalliopeia: Ok that’s a term i’ve never heard
Kalliopeia: “opportunity to put this opening set in the fridge.”
Rafa serving for the first set and he holds at love. 6-2
miri: body scan!
miri: note it
Kalliopeia: yep 3 now that I’ve seen
Kalliopeia: and ONE for Ferrer
Rafa breaks to start set 2.
miri: It cracks me up how carefully he piles his towel into what seems to be a random mess during the change-over.
Kalliopeia: it’s probably got to fold in a particular way or something
Ferrer moving Rafa well on that point. He does it again and has break point. Strong point from Rafa saves the bp. Ferrer gets another bp. He plays aggressively and breaks. They are back on serve: 1-1.
Rafa hitting nice and deep – triple break point. A blistering cross-court forehand gives him the break: 2-1.
It sounds like there’s a shirt change going on – why aren’t we seeing it?
Kalliopeia: that was quite a lingering shot of his shoes
miri: they do that often too
Kalliopeia: oh god there goes that little bit of hair.
miri: Headband is high enough now that the hair is starting to peak out from underneath it on his forehead.
Strong game from Ferrer and he breaks back to put them back on serve: 2-2. Ferrer is going up a gear and cutting back on his errors. Well, until I typed that – he just netted a forehand. Ferrer holds with a beautifully angled forehand.
Ferrer up on Rafa’s serve.
Kalliopeia: okay, Rafa needs to stop messing around and win….I have to leave in an hour.
miri: I’ll be sure to give him that memo next change-over
Kalliopeia: I’d appreciate it.
I keep thinking my ceiling fan is developing a click and then I realize it’s the sound of Ferrer’s feet on the clay as he bounces when receiving serve.
Bad error from Ferrer and Rafa reciprocates: break point to Ferrer. Ferrer fluffs a return and we are back at deuce. Another boo-boo and it’s game point Rafa. Beautiful fast tiny footsteps from Rafa as he tracks down a short-angled ball and holds serve.
Ferrer holds at love. Easy hold for Rafa: 4-4.
Bandana off the head! Emergency!
Another easy hold for Ferrer: 5-4 on serve, second set.
Wonderful backhand down the line from Ferrer to pull even at 30-30 on Rafa’s serve. Rafa follows with a deep and zipping forehand down the line to get to game point. A long shot from Ferrer and it’s 5-5.
Another blistering forehand down the line from Rafa and he’s up 30-0 on Ferrer’s serve. Triple break point to Rafa. He sends a shot long to give Ferrer one back, nets a ball for another. Ferrer nets a ball and is broken: 6-5 with Rafa to serve for the match.
Ferrer runs Rafa well in a point – moving him side to side – but he sends a forehand wide and it’s 30-0. A good serve from Rafa and he has match point. Rafa nets a ball: 40-15. Ferrer sends a shot long and Rafa has his fifth Barcelona title in a row.
Kalliopeia: man, with that giant winner’s trophy they couldn’t come up with something less embarrassing for the loser?
Kalliopeia: …wrought iron wine glass?
Kalliopeia: that trophy is bigger than ferrer. It’s probably good he didn’t win it
Rafa’s cracking me up with all the hand-shakes.
miri: three trophies for Rafa? Sheesh
miri: oh, there he goes arranging them all.