The Sunday showdown will be a repeat of the 2008, 2009 and 2011 finals which were all won by Nadal.
French Open champion Nadal, fresh from winning an unprecedented eighth straight title at Monte Carlo last weekend, overwhelmed Verdasco 6-0, 6-4 in just 85 minutes with four breaks of serve.
Third seed Ferrer had a tougher afternoon, requiring just over two hours in defeating huge-serving Canadian Milos Raonic 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/5). Nadal has dominated the Barcelona event, winning six titles in seven previous appearances. On the one occasion he didn’t play — he missed 2010 with knee problems — Verdasco took the honours.
Nadal’s victory was his 38th winning semi-final in a row on clay, with his last loss coming to Carlos Moya in 2003. Of Sunday’s final, Nadal said: “David and I have always had tough matches and I’m expecting another one on Sunday.”