Nadal rallies to beat Ferrer in 3 sets in Madrid
MADRID -- Rafael Nadal fought back to beat David Ferrer 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-0 in Friday's quarterfinals of the Madrid Open, keeping alive his bid to reach a seventh straight final since returning from injury.
In a meeting of Spain's top ranked players, Ferrer's baseline game on the red clay almost proved too much for the fifth-seeded Nadal.
But Nadal held on to force a third set and won six straight games to improve his career record against Ferrer to 18-4.
The Spaniard has won four titles this year since being sidelined for several months with tendinitis in his left knee.
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