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Rafael Nadal Responsible For Good Friend David Ferrer Losing Half a Million Dollars in Barcelona; Here’s How

Advait Jajodia

How much prize money did David Ferrer miss out on from losing 4 Barcelona open finals

David Ferrer is often touted as one of the greatest Spanish players ever. While Ferrer was unable to win even a single Grand Slam, he did win 27 ATP titles and bagged a staggering $31,483,911 in prize money. However, he could’ve added another $557,937 to the total amount had it not been for the four finals losses at the Barcelona Open.

David Ferrer never got his hands on the Barcelona Open title despite making four trips to the finals. He was unfortunate to face Rafael Nadal, regarded as the “King of Clay”, on each of those four occasions.

Ferrer made his first finals appearance at the ATP 500 tournament in 2008. Playing against Nadal, who already won three consecutive Barcelona Open titles, David gave the “Raging Bull” a run for his money. Ultimately, Nadal won the encounter 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. Rafa was awarded $151,981 for the win, whereas, his countryman only received $79,949.

Over the next four years, barring the Barcelona Open 2010, Ferrer made it to the finals on each of the occasions. In all three of these ties, Rafael Nadal put up a dominant display and won the clashes without even dropping a single set. Totally, Nadal received $978,066 and Ferrer was the recipient of $572,110 in prize money.

Today, David Ferrer is the director of the Barcelona Open 2024. On the other hand, Rafael Nadal is aiming to make a return to the tournament after skipping the Monte Carlo Masters. Nadal has not played in Barcelona since 2022. In the last 2 years, Carlos Alcaraz has taken over Rafael Nadal as the man to beat in the Barcelona Open, winning back-to-back titles.

Here’s a list of the winner’s prize money and the money David Ferrer missed out on:


Prize money for Nadal – $151,981

Prize money Ferrer received – $79,949

Missed out on – $72,032


Prize money for Nadal – $318,904

Prize money Ferrer received – $160,567

Missed out on – $158,337


Prize money for Nadal – $323,365

Prize money Ferrer received– $162,519

Missed out on – $160,846


Prize money for Nadal – $335,797

Prize money Ferrer received – $169,075

Missed out on – $166,722

(Prize money figures from Perfect Tennis)

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Advait Jajodia

Advait Jajodia


Advait Jajodia, a seasoned NBA journalist, has had a passion for the game for over a decade. His journey from admiring Kobe Bryant's precision to being in awe of Stephen Curry's long-range mastery instilled a profound understanding of basketball. With a background as a two-time National-level player, Advait uses his experience on the hardwood to offer insightful analysis. Over three years of dedicated sports journalism has equipped the 21-year-old with a unique perspective, reflected in his prolific portfolio of 3,700+ articles.

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