Fernando fought from a set and a break down to dispatch his compatriot David Ferrer 6-74, 7-5, 6-1 to advance to his first final at the Barcelona Open BancSabadell. It’s his second consecutive final after Monte Carlo last week.
Fernando captured his fourth title at the SAP Open (d. Roddick) in San Jose earlier this year and is now in his 12th career final and third of the season. Fernando faces Robin Soderling in the final.
“This win is very important for me because it is the first time that I have played in two consecutive finals, and I would especially like to win here, so I will try to rest well and to be at my best tomorrow,” said Verdasco. “The fact that I have reached two clay court finals gives me a lot of confidence. I feel good and comfortable with my play. This year I have adapted to the surface better than ever; as I get more experienced it becomes easier.
“David was dominating the match and playing at a very high level; he’s a tough player and I was waiting to see if would give me a chance to get into the match again,” reflected Verdasco. “I took that chance as soon as I had it, and that gave me a lot of confidence in myself.
“It’s going to be a very difficult final. He has won most of our matches and is ranked higher than me but I think it all depends on how we play tomorrow. Soderling is a player who hits extremely hard, you have to move him around and try to tire him out so that his shots are not as precise.”