>> Saturday, April 28, 2012
Can anyone stop world #2 Rafael Nadal on his quest for a seventh Barcelona title at the 2012 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell? Watch the Barcelona 2012 semifinals live featuring Nadal vs countryman and 9th-seed Fernando Verdasco here. Nadal is undefeated against Verdasco winning all twelve matches they've played in their career. Five of those were in clay and Verdasco hasn't won a single of the 11 sets they've played so far. Verdasco may be a tad fresher as he reached the semis when his quarterfinal opponent retired midway in the first set.
NADAL Statistics: Nadal is on a 19-match winning streak on clay with his last loss in the surface to Novak Djokovic in the Rome final last May. This is the second tournament he has won his most titles on with Monte-Carlo being the first. Nadal has dominated Barcelona, winning the title the last six times he has played in Barcelona. He did not play in 2010 and it was the year where Verdasco claimed his Barcelona title. Going into the semifinal, Nadal is on a 32-match winning streak and he has won the last 28 sets he has played.
Nadal is tring to win his second title of the year after his triumph last week in Monte-Carlo. Nadal is trying to reach his 69th ATP career final and he has won 47 titles already. Of the 47, 34 of these have been won on clay. This year, Nadal reached two finals so far losing to Djokovic at the Australian Open finals and winning last week. From 2005 t0 2011, Nadal has won at least 22 matches in clay per season, winning at least 3 clay court titles each per year. Earlier this week, Nadal opened with a 61 62 win over countryman Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and followed with a 62 63 victory over qualifier Robert Farah and 62 62 over No. 5 seed/No. 9 ranked Janko Tipsarevic.
VERDASCO Statistics: Verdasco hasn't won any tournament this year yet - he is 15-8 for the season where he reached one final at Acapulco, and two semifinals so far. This week, Verdasco had victories over Steve Darcis 63 61, No. 13 seed Kevin Anderson 64 64 and No. 8 seed Kei Nishikori 4-2 who retired with an abdominal injury. Verdasco is aiming to reach his 18th final where he has won 5 titles so far.
The winner of the Nadal vs Verdasco semifinals will advance to the final where he will face off with the winner between #3-seed David Ferrer and Milos Raonic. Watch Barcelona 2012 Semifinals Live featuring Nadal vs Verdasco through TennisTv.com.