Five in row – again

 (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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.


Nadal Ferrer
Statistics on Serve
Aces 1 1
Double Faults 1 4
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
miri: Priorities!
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

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
Kalliopeia: yep

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: 4
Kalliopeia: and ONE for Ferrer
miri: heh

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: yeah

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.
miri: jinx

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?
miri: heh
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
Kalliopeia: yeah
miri: oh, there he goes arranging them all.

13 Responses

  1. tiemyshoe says:

    You guys crack me up. You’re like amateur zoologists noting recurring patterns of species behavior. He really does stack and arrange everything, doesn’t he? XD

    This five-in-a-row thing is getting uncannily natural-seeming. I’m so used to him winning I barely looked up from my coffee this morning when he got match points. *slaps sense into self*

    Uncle Toni’s gonna have words about that first-serve percentage though.

    • miri says:

      Maybe my OCD is just manifesting itself by tracking his OCD. ;)

      And yeah on the winning habit. It’s not going to get pretty when he finally loses a match on clay. The press will have all kinds of “The king of clay has been dethroned – can he ever regain the crown” kind of articles and fans will be in a tizzy.

      • tiemyshoe says:

        Oh yeah, everyone would be in a tizzy. Fans are the worst for stuff like that, too. To my mind, he’s spread the winning to other surfaces so well it’s only a matter of time before he starts losing on clay – otherwise, it’s all a bit unsustainable.

        Barcelona was a bit boring though, I have to admit. Rome should be much more interesting.

  2. CC says:

    Wohoo, well done Rafa! He’s looked comfortable all week, so not surprised. Only worry was the first serve, as you guys said.

    The OCD is hilarious, but understandable. That way “he piles his towels into what seems to be a random mess” is so sweet. Heck, I’m the same. SOOO tidy at work, but quite untidy at home. And we’ve all heard the comment his mum once made when she saw his hotel room, I think at the French Open.

    BTW, love all your match comments. Thanks!

  3. faecoleman says:

    Thanks for the match report was funny I shall be watching the highlights later as I had to leave in the 2nd set @ 3-2 to Ferrer. I’m glad you noticed the noise Ferrer was making at the back of the court whilst waiting to retrieve serve! Rafa’s 1st serve percentage went off and this got me really nervous. I like David Ferrer thou and its nice to see him in better form, so pleased Rafa won his fifth title @ Barcelona being no.1, and most importantly won in 2 sets, we don’t want him tired out…. btw how many full body camera pans for Rafa?

  4. Bluetina says:

    Wow that was an amazing and so cool and funny report thanks for it , well done rafa it was a good match , and i wish all the best in rome the next week.
    Vamos rafa ;-)

  5. johanne says:

    AHHHHHHH so exciting for Rafa! He’s just amazing. What a sexy champ.

    I was out of town this weekend and missed both the semis & the final (AGH!) so… many many thanks, as always, for all your posts! You make catching up on Rafanews so easy!! :)

  6. nic says:

    haha miri i love how you noticed rafa placing the towel neatly on the chair for his racquet to then go on top of! i was so cracking up myself when i saw that. too cute.

    mmm another fiver in a row. geez, rafa seems so unstoppable. he looked really good out there this week. hope he can really bring it to rome, especially since it’s gonna be tougher competition out there, what with 8 of the top 10 playing, i think.

    so i read today on the rome website that rog said his main aim is to get roland garros this year. unfortunately for fed, i really hope not. it’s gotta be rafa, the ultimate 5 in a row! but poor fed. when will his time come to get his next GS. especially when i’d love for rafa to snatch USO this year…

    vamos rafa!

    • miri says:

      He’s been doing that towel/racket thing on the change of ends for a long time. I always wonder what’s so special about that towel placement – it just looks like a mess. He’ll start over if he doesn’t get it right the first time.

      • nic says:

        hehe i think it’s all about the height, and a perfectly level surface for the racquet to sit on. hehe. and notice how when he uses his towel it must always be facing the correct side :D haha rafa where did all this stem from