2012 French Open Semi-Final Preview: Rafael Nadal v David Ferrer

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 27: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia during their match on day 5 of the ATP 500 World Tour Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell 2012 tennis tournament at the Real Club de Tenis on April 27, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. Rafael Nadal won 6-2, 6-2. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Second seed Nadal continued his impressing run of form at Roland Garros as he saw off Nicolas Almagro in the quarter-finals. After being stretched to a tie-breaker in the first set, Nadal won the remaining two sets, 6-, 6-3 to storm into the final four of the tournament, needing just two hours and 46 minutes to progress.

He can expect a tough test today against world No. 6 Ferrer, who dropped his first set in the tournament before overcoming fourth seed Andy Murray in the quarter-finals.

Ferrer won 6-4 6-7 6-3 6-2 in reach the final four.

The two Spaniards have played each other 21 times to date, with Nadal leading the head-to-head 16-5.

On clay, the pair have met 13 times, with Nadal leading 12-1. Ferrer’s only win over Rafa on clay was their first meeting on the surface, way back in 2004.

Ferrer did beat Nadal in the Australian Open quarter-finals last year which should give him bit of confidence going into this match. Nadal should be the favourite though given his excellent form and Ferrer will need to do something extraordinary to stall his progress.

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