‘We’re all grateful to him’: Rafael Nadal salutes retiring David Ferrer in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal showed no mercy towards an emotional David Ferrer as he eased into the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open on Thursday, describing his compatriot who is winding down his career as a "pleasure to watch". Ferrer is set to retire after the Madrid Open next month and made a tearful exit on what was his 15th and final appearance at this tournament. But there was no room for sentiment for Nadal, who won 6-3, 6-3 to take one step closer to a record 12th Barcelona title. Four of those triumphs came after beating Ferrer in the final and, at the end of this latest victory, Nadal's 37-year-old opponent saluted the crowd before placing his pink headband down on the serv...Keep on reading: ‘We’re all grateful to him’: Rafael Nadal salutes retiring David Ferrer in Barcelona

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