Monte Carlo Flashback: Rafael Nadal reaches sixth consecutive final!

Rafael Nadal defeated David Ferrer for a place in the 2010 Monte Carlo title clash

by Jovica Ilic
Monte Carlo Flashback: Rafael Nadal reaches sixth consecutive final!

Rafael Nadal returned to Monte Carlo as a five-time defending champion in 2010! The Spaniard was eager to extend his winning streak in the Principality and did that in style. Rafa took down his compatriot David Ferrer in the semi-final for a place in the sixth consecutive final at one of his beloved events.

Nadal ousted Thiemo de Bakker, Michael Berrer and Juan Carlos Ferrero, dropping eight games in six sets and sailing into the last four. Rafa met David for the 13th time and secured his tenth victory, beating his good friend 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and 15 minutes.

Nadal lost serve twice, which was hardly an obstacle after a dominant display on the return. He took 54% of the points in Ferrer's games and grabbed six breaks that pushed him over the finish line in no time.

Rafael Nadal toppled David Ferrer for the sixth straight Monte Carlo final in 2010.

David stayed in touch in the shortest rallies, and Rafa forged his win in the most extended ones.

The defending champion controlled the pace in the exchanges and reduced his opponent to under ten winners and over 25 unforced errors. Ferrer made a strong start, holding at love with a service winner in the encounter's first game and creating a break chance in the next one.

Nadal denied it with a service winner and held with another for 1-1. He broke at 15 in the third game following David's weak drop shot and forced his rival's error in the next one to confirm the lead and move 3-1 in front. Losing ground in those moments, Ferrer sprayed a backhand error to suffer another break and fall 4-1 down.

To make things worse, he wasted his return chances a few minutes later and allowed Rafa to hold with a lob winner. Serving for the set at 5-2, Nadal fired three service winners to close the opener in style in 35 minutes, hoping for more in set number two.

He grabbed a break at 1-1 following Ferrer's terrible forehand before David pulled a break back with a much better forehand a few minutes later for 2-2. Maintaining his composure, Rafa landed a forehand down the line winner to secure another break in game five and get back in front.

The defending champion fired four winners in the next one to forge a 4-2 gap and move closer to the finish line. Ferrer hit a double fault to give serve away soon after that, and Nadal served for the victory at 5-2. Not ready to surrender, David pulled one break back to extend his chances before Rafa claimed another return game at 5-3 to seal the deal and book a place in another Monte Carlo final.

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