Coming into London, Rafael Nadal has reached the final at 13 of the 15 tournaments he’s played this year, lifting 10 trophies along the way. Overall, Rafa holds a 47-8 record over his Group A opposition. The World No. 1 will open his quest against his countryman David Ferrer, who will be riding high in confidence after defeating Nadal in the BNP Paribas Masters semi-finals last week. Good luck Rafa!
World No. 1 Rafa Nadal brings a 20-5 head-to-head record against Ferrer, who won their semi-final meeting 63 75 three days ago at ATP Masters 1000 Paris. Ferrer holds a 4-3 advantage on hard courts (2-0 indoors) against Nadal. Ferrer is trying to defeat his countryman in back-to-back meetings for the second time. In 2007, Ferrer won in 4R at the US Open and in round robin play at the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai en route to the final. Nadal is two match wins away from finishing No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the third time in his career (2008, ’10). He has qualified for the year-end finale nine years in a row (did not play in 2005, ’08 and last year due to injury). He was runner-up here in 2010 (l. to Federer). Nadal comes in with a 71-6 match record on the season, including 10-3 in finals. Ferrer has reached a career-high nine ATP World Tour finals this year (2-7), including the past three weeks in Stockholm (l. to Dimitrov), Valencia (l. to Youzhny) and Paris (l. to Djokovic). Last year he won a career-high seven titles.