Rafael Nadal is one match win away from becoming year-end number one in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the third time after defeating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday in Group A at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The victory avenged his loss to Ferrer in the BNP Paribas Masters semifinals on Saturday in Paris. It was their sixth FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting of the season. Nadal will qualify for the semifinals at The O2 in London, should he beat Stanislas Wawrinka in two sets or if he beats Wawrinka and Ferrer overcomes Tomas Berdych. Nadal improved to a 72-6 match record on the season.
Nadal is now 21-4 this year against Top 10 opponents in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
"Rafael play good, he started very solid," said Ferrer. "I didn't play my game throughout the match. I made a lot of mistakes. I was not comfortable at the court. For me to beat Rafael, I need to be more focused."
Ferrer has won 55-plus matches for the fourth straight year. He dropped to a 60-22 season record, which includes two titles at the Heineken Open in Auckland and the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires.