BARCELONA. David Ferrer played the last match of his career in Barcelona against his dear friend Rafael Nadal. The King of clay defeated David 6-3 6-3, but all the attention was about the impending retirement of Ferrer that will happen at the upcoming Madrid Open (6th-12th ofΒ  May).

After the match, a classy Nadal went to the net to congratulate David leaving the stage to him. Ferrer was in tears to leave his bandana on the court during a highly emotional moment.

Nadal’s tribute to Ferrer

After the match, Rafa commented

“David is not retiring because of his level, but it has been a complicated year and a half for him with injuries. His level this year has still been very high, and for all these years he’s been fighting hard and giving us pleasure watching him. We are all grateful to him.

David commented: “I gave everything I had. I’m very happy, it’s a dream come true to play one of my last matches on this court.”

While Nadal will face Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarters, Ferrer still needs to play his last tournament in Madrid. Then, time to move on!

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Goodbyes are oh so hard. Tennis (and Rafa) will miss you David.

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