The instinct for survival of the great prevented Rafael Nadal fell to the canvas in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open mutual. The tyrant of Earth was able to escape strings that pushed David Ferrer, who was two points to take the match (6-5 and 15-30 in the second set to the rest), but spared. And forgive a killer is to give opportunity to you knocks. This is what happened: 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-0 in 2 h: 36.
Ferrer had before a wall of six consecutive defeats on clay against Nadal, and didn’t know it down. It was not easy. The King of clay has 43 victories followed in quarters on Earth tournaments. Not lost in that round and on the surface since 2005.
Ferru came out convinced that based on tap with deep balls and subtract as a madman would demolish it. And he succeeded in the first set. “Rafa, focus!”, thundered a spectator when of Manacor was going a break down in the first set (2-4), when he had already received a warning (the 15th year) by delaying making up the throw-in and already had taken out the demons from within protesting the umpire on change: “Are you okay with one warning mark me without telling me?”. But Nadal not slipped by balls, was placed with short steps perhaps as a precaution after the knee injury, and Ferrer opened many angles.
The mentality of wanting to win from Javea put wears the first partial. Favorite negotiated ball set against a second service and lost. Nadal finished this sleeve with a single point won with second serve of the 12 before…
In the second, Ferrer followed by piggybacking on high balls from Rafa as a madman. And it breaks occurred, three for each one to be reached to 5-5. With 6-5 and 15-30 Ferrer settled two points to take the match but missed a drive that was worth a semifinal (“I saved the ball with luck,” said Nadal)… and it was agreed that the wall that separates him from the four top is covered with spines. It did not profit them, and opened the door to a tie-brek, who noted the number five (7/3).
Nadal is out of the ropes, only had to take the initiative to finish the work. The world number four had unplugged, his mind thought on what happened, not what could still happen. And he undid to fit a doughnut.