Watched the Acapulco Final today on replay. Really poor showing from Ferrer, he seemed agitated from the start as if he felt the pressure of being expected to give Nadal a run for his money.
Nadal defiantly is hitting the backhand flatter and harder but his forehand is still prone to the odd ball landing short (which Ferrer was woeful at taking advantage of) but all in all a good effort from Rafa.
IW should be interesting for Rafa!!
I watched the match on livestream and agree that Ferrer was very disappointing. I really thought he'd have put up more of a fight in the circumstances but instead he looked more like a frightened rabbit caught in a car's headlights. It seems that the Nadal aura is still alive and well. I thought Nadal played an extremely good game though - almost like his old self really - and the comms were certainly making purring noises.
The question is, of course - will he now play IW or withdraw as has been rumoured?