Sunday, May 2, 2010

Rome Results: Rafa and Ferrer to Fight for Title

David Ferrer pulled off yet another upset in Rome yesterday against his compatriot Fernando Verdasco. Ferrer, seeded 13th, won the semifinal in 2 tight sets, 7-5, 6-3, while Verdasco, coming off a huge win over Novak Djokovic, looked sluggish and unprepared. Verdasco jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first set, only to lose 12 of the next 15 games and a chance at a 3rd final in as many weeks.

"These were the best three weeks of my life and my career,” said Verdasco. “I need to stay positive, recover for a few days and practice hard to be perfect for Madrid and Roland Garros."

Ernests Gulbis came oh-so-close to derailing Rafael Nadal on his favorite surface, but the Spaniard was able to keep his game from unraveling late in the match as nerves started to rattle Gulbis. Nadal wore Gulbis out in the first set in typical Rafa fashion, but an early break for the Latvian in the 2nd eventually tied the match at 1-set-a-piece. The two traded service holds in the deciding set until Gulbis served at 4-5, when Nadal broke to win the match.

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