David Ferrer To Join Rafael Nadal At Barcelona Open 2016

David Ferrer is set to join the field for the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell next April, where he will be up against compatriot Rafael Nadal in a bid to win his first title at the Real Club Tenis Barcelona. The 33-year-old will be making his 14th appearance since 2003 at the Catalan tournament, and hopes he can finally lift the trophy.

Ferrer Eager To Better Previous Results

Although Ferrer has never won the title in Barcelona, he has consistent results there and has been a finalist on four occasions. However, he has always fallen short of the big prize to fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the final. In the 2015 edition of the tournament, he was defeated by Pablo Andujar in the semifinals. Even though he's never been a champion, Ferrer is recognized at the tournament as one of their high profile players; Tournament director Albert Costa, a former Spanish Davis Cup captain, spoke of his eagerness in seeing Ferrer return to the Spanish city, heaping praise on the 33-year-old.

“Having Ferrer is a privilege for the tournament. It always has been, but looking back on his impressive career, even more so now. For many people, including myself, he forms an important part of the tournament’s history. Ferrer is a player that deserves everything. Only few players have achieved what he did in Barcelona.”

Ferrer also spoke fondly when committing to play the tournament, saying  “After 13 years I am still as excited to play in Barcelona as the first time. I feel loved by the fans and receive a lot of support there every year. Also, I feel really good physically and mentally after finishing a great season. I look forward to playing more tennis."

Ferrer will want to establish himself quickly in 2016 and will look to do so as he kicks off the new season with the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on the 31st of December. That will be followed by an appearance at the ATP World Tour stop in Doha. Following his impressive results last year, the Spaniard will try to put together another solid clay season next year and will look to finally get his hands on the Barcelona Open trophy.