Hi! Hope you guys are doing well so far this week.
As for this past weekend, Rafael Nadal was able to beat Nicolas Almagro and thus lifted up his 8th trophy in Barcelona. It wasn’t too thrilling of a match. He won comfortably 6-4, 6-3. There were a couple of instances where Nico could have gone up a break in set one, but it seems like Rafa’s experience always helps him thru on his beloved clay suface.
So far in 2013, Nadal is the only player who has been able to lift four titles. Not only that, but he has reached at least the final in every tournament he’s competed in. Quite impressive! I’m sure he’s looking forward to a non-blue court in Madrid.
(I don’t want to write that much about the others this past weekend. Both Spanish doubles teams lost in their semis, and GGL suffered a humiliating defeat in Romania losing to Rasol 3-6, 2-6). Ouch! And I’m a bit disappointed on M&M’s lack of success this year. 😦
Ferrer is seeded one in Portugal; in fact he was granted a wild-card here. He doesn’t tend to do here though, he has a 1-3 record at this venue. I know he’s upset about his early loss in Barcelona and I’m sure he’s looking to gaining some “quick” points here. Honestly with this draw he should be able to win it, granted he’s back to his normal health.