Rafael Nadal lost his semifinal bid at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris to compatriot David Ferrer, 3-6, 7-5. This is his first loss to Ferrer since the Australian Open quarterfinals in 2011. Rafa’s next match is, incidentally, scheduled against Ferrer at the World Tour Finals in London next week. Ferrer played both sets consistently well, but Rafa had a large number of unforced errors. Rafa fought hard in the second set, taking it to 5-5 before being broken. Ferrer took the set at 7-5.
It’s time for Rafa to rest up and get a fresh start in London on Tuesday. Rafa only needs 306 points to secure Year End No. 1, which means that he must only win two Round Robin matches. We’re confident that he will. Rest up, Rafa! Vamos!
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