David Ferrer

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David Ferrer
David Ferrer - Roland-Garros 2013 - 014.jpg
Country  Spain
Residence Valencia, Spain
Born (1982-04-02) 2 April 1982 (age 32)
Xàbia, Alicante, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 2000
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money

$ 22,438,413

Official website davidferrer.com
Singles
Career record 567–276
Career titles 21
Highest ranking No. 3 (8 July 2013)
Current ranking No. 5 (21 April 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (2011, 2013)
French Open F (2013)
Wimbledon QF (2012, 2013)
US Open SF (2007, 2012)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals F (2007)
Olympic Games 3R (2012)
Doubles
Career record 67–104
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 42 (24 October 2005)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2005)
French Open 2R (2009)
Wimbledon 1R (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009)
US Open 2R (2004, 2006)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games SF – 4th (2012)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (2008, 2009, 2011)
Last updated on: 20 March 2014.

David Ferrer Ern (Valencian pronunciation: [daˈvit feˈreɾ ˈɛɾn]; born 2 April 1982) is a Spanish professional tennis player. As of 17 February 2014, he is ranked world no. 4 by the Association of Tennis Professionals.[1] Ferrer turned professional in 2000 and was in the first years of his career known as a clay-court specialist, having won half of his titles on the surface. However, he has had significant success on all surfaces, having reached the final of the French Open in 2013, the semifinals of the Australian and US Opens twice each, and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon twice. He was part of the Spain Davis Cup team that won the finals in 2008, 2009, and 2011. His biggest individual title to date was the Paris Masters in 2012, and he was runner-up at the Tennis Masters Cup in 2007.[2] He first achieved a top-10 ranking in 2006 and reached a career-high ranking of world no. 3 in July 2013.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Ferrer was born in Xàbia in the province of Alicante, but he moved to Gandia at age thirteen, followed two years later by a move to Barcelona to attend the Catalan Tennis Federation. He spent nine months at Equelite, Juan Carlos Ferrero's Academy in Villena, before moving back to Xàbia while practicing in Denia During his time in the academy, the Spanish Federation chose to sponsor Tommy Robredo rather than him, forcing Ferrer on his own prior to turning professional.

Once, as a teenager, when Ferrer did not practice hard enough, his coach, Javier Piles, locked him in a completely dark 2m x 2m ball closet for several hours, giving him only a piece of bread and a bit of water. After this incident he was fed up with tennis and went to work at a construction site, but after a week he returned to Piles and asked if he could remain at the club and play tennis. Piles continued to coach Ferrer until they parted ways at the end of 2013. Ferrer has said he considers Piles to be like a second father to him.[3]

Ferrer turned professional in 2000, finishing as world no. 419, winning in Poland F1 and Spain F3, finishing runner-up in Spain F1. 2001 was not a particularly good year for him. He won his first career Challenger title in Sopot and reached the semifinals at Manerbio. He also reached the semifinals in Spain F15 and Spain F16.

2002 - 2005: First ATP Title & Reaching Top 15[edit]

In 2002, He played consistently in ATP (10–6) and Challenger (35–13) tournaments, winning his first ATP title in Bucharest (defeated Acasuso) and reaching his first ATP final in just his second ATP event in Umag (defeated David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria, lost to Carlos Moyá). He won Challenger titles in Naples, Valencia, and Sassuolo. All 10 ATP match wins and 34 of 35 Challenger wins came on clay.

The highlight of 2003 was Ferrer's victory against Andre Agassi at the Rome Masters. He made his debut at all four Grand Slam tournaments, as well as six ATP Masters Series events. In Rome, he upset the defending champion Agassi in the first round and lost to Ivan Ljubičić in the second round. Ferrer advanced to the second round at the French Open and Wimbledon. He reached his third career final in Sopot and lost to Guillermo Coria. In doubles, he reached his first career final in Acapulco with Fernando Vicente. He compiled a 13–16 record on clay courts, 6–10 on hard, 1–1 on grass, and had a year-ending ranking of world no. 71.

In 2004, Ferrer reached the quarterfinals in Buenos Aires, Valencia, and at the ATP Masters Series Hamburg (defeated no. 6 David Nalbandian, but lost to Guillermo Coria). He advanced to the semifinals in Stuttgart (lost to Gastón Gaudio). Late in the year, he advanced to the quarterfinals in Bucharest and the semifinals in Palermo (lost to Tomáš Berdych) and Lyon (defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero, but lost to Xavier Malisse). He ended the year with a ranking of world no. 49.

In 2005, Ferrer advanced to the semifinals in Miami by defeating David Nalbandian, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and Dominik Hrbatý, but lost to Rafael Nadal. In his hometown, he lost to Hrbatý. He closed the year with a quarterfinal showing in Madrid, where he defeated Puerta, but lost to Robby Ginepri, and Paris, where he lost to Andy Roddick. He lost only once in the first round of nine Masters Series events, while compiling a 20–9 record. In doubles, Ferrer won his first two ATP titles in Viña del Mar and Acapulco (with Ventura) and earned a career-high US$951,772. He finished the year with a ranking of world no. 14.

2006: 2nd ATP Title[edit]

Ferrer opened the year with a quarterfinal showing in Auckland, where he lost to Olivier Rochus. He broke into the top 10 ATP rankings for the first time, following a personal-best fourth-round showing at the Australian Open, where he defeated Mario Ančić, but lost to Fabrice Santoro. He was in the top 10 for five weeks during the year. Then, playing in the first round of a Davis Cup tie versus Belarus, he went 2–3 indoors, losing to Vladimir Voltchkov in the second rubber. In March, he reached the semifinals in Miami for a second straight year, where he defeated no. 4 Andy Roddick, but lost to Roger Federer. In his second clay-court tournament of the year in Monte-Carlo, he lost to Federer. He also advanced to the quarterfinals at the Masters Series Hamburg, falling to eventual champion Tommy Robredo. In Düsseldorf, he posted wins over two top-10 players, world no. 4 Ivan Ljubičić and world no. 9 Fernando González. He reached the third round at the French Open and a career-best fourth round at Wimbledon, where he defeated González in the third round, but lost to Lleyton Hewitt. In July, he won a second career ATP title in a five-hour final in Stuttgart. He came back from two sets to one and a 1–5 deficit against Acasuso, saving one match point down 4–5 in the fourth set. In August, he reached the quarterfinals in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he defeated no. 10 Marcos Baghdatis, but lost to González, followed by a third-round showing at New Haven, where he lost to Agustín Calleri. At the US Open, he reached the third round for the second consecutive year, but lost to Mikhail Youzhny). Ferrer closed the year by reaching the quarterfinals in Basel, where he lost to Federer. For the year, he went 3–5 versus top-10 opponents and compiled records of 18–8 on clay and 17–13 on hard court. He finished the year ranked world no. 14 and in the top 15 for the second consecutive year.

2007:World Tour Finals Runner-Up & Reaching Top 5[edit]

David Ferrer serving during 2007 Basel

Ferrer began the year by winning Auckland, defeating Tommy Robredo in the final. At the 2007 Australian Open, he defeated Kristian Pless, Thomas Johansson, and Radek Štěpánek, and lost in the fourth round to Mardy Fish in five sets. One month later, he reached the quarterfinals at Rotterdam. He had quarterfinal finishes at Indian Wells and Monte-Carlo and reached the fourth round in Miami, the semifinals in Barcelona, and the quarterfinals in Hamburg.

At the French Open, he was stopped by Fernando Verdasco in the third round. At Wimbledon, he was eliminated by Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round.

In July, he captured his second title of the year and fourth of his career, beating Nicolás Almagro in the final of the Swedish Open in Båstad. He then advanced to the quarterfinals in Cincinnati, defeating Andy Roddick in the third round. At the US Open, he was seeded 15th and knocked out 24th-seeded David Nalbandian in the third round, and then upset second-seeded compatriot Rafael Nadal in the fourth round in four sets. He beat 20th-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela in the quarterfinals and reached his first Grand Slam semifinal, where he was defeated by third seed Novak Djokovic. His performance at the US Open brought his ranking up to world no. 8. Then, Ferrer captured his third title of the year in Tokyo, defeating Richard Gasquet in the final. At the Paris Masters, he made it to the quarterfinals, where he lost to David Nalbandian.

Ferrer qualified as the sixth seed for the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup. To begin, Ferrer upset third seed Djokovic in his first round-robin match, and then defeated second seed Rafael Nadal. He sealed his qualification for the knock-out stage by defeating eighth seed Richard Gasquet. He was the only man to have a perfect record in the round-robin stage and had the best win/loss set record (6–1). Ferrer next defeated fifth seed Andy Roddick in the semifinals. In the final, Ferrer lost to top seed Roger Federer. He ended the year with a career-high ranking of world no. 5.

2008: Davis Cup Title[edit]

Ferrer opened 2008 with a quarterfinal loss to unseeded Julien Benneteau of France in Auckland, where Ferrer was seeded first. He reached the second week of the Australian Open, however, as the fifth seed, without dropping a set in the first three rounds. He then went on to defeat 22nd seed Juan Carlos Ferrero in four sets in the fourth round, before falling to third seed and eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. On 25 February, Ferrer became world no. 4, despite losing in the second round in Rotterdam.

Ferrer at the 2008 Pacific Life Open

On 20 April, he captured his first ATP title of the year, and the sixth in his career, when he defeated Nicolás Almagro in the final of Valencia. He saved three match points against Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals, and in the final, won the definitive set when he went down 5–2 in the third set, with two break points for Almagro. Ferrer arrived at the quarterfinals in the Monte Carlo Masters, losing against the eventual tournament champion Rafael Nadal, despite having five set points in the second set. In Barcelona the following week, Ferrer reached the final, after defeating Nicolás Lapentti, sixth seed Tommy Robredo, and fourteenth seed Stanislas Wawrinka. He again lost to Nadal in the final. Ferrer made it to the quarterfinals of the French Open, matching his previous best appearance in 2005. In his first two rounds, he defeated Steve Darcis and Fabrice Santoro. He then prevailed in two five-set matches over Lleyton Hewitt and Radek Štěpánek in the third and fourth rounds, respectively. He eventually fell to local favorite Gaël Monfils in four sets.

Ferrer then began his grass-court season with another title at 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. He defeated Croatian Mario Ančić and Argentine Juan Martín del Potro en route to the final, where he won in straight sets over Frenchman Marc Gicquel. This was his seventh career title and the first on grass. With this win, he became the second Spaniard (after Nadal) to win a grass-court tournament after a 36-year drought. At Wimbledon, Ferrer was seeded fifth. In the first round, he defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky, who forfeited the match while down in sets 2–0 and up 3–1 in the third set. In the second round, Ferrer defeated Russian Igor Andreev in four sets. He was then eliminated by Ančić in the third round in four sets.

Representing Spain at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Ferrer was eliminated by Janko Tipsarević in the first round. At the US Open, Ferrer reached the third round as the fourth seed, where he lost Kei Nishikori, ranked 126, in one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.[4] Ferrer saved five match points before losing the match. Seeded first at the China Open in Beijing, Ferrer was defeated by Israeli Dudi Sela in the second round 3–6, 3–6. Following a first-round bye, sixth-seeded Ferrer lost in the second round of the Madrid Masters to fellow Spaniard Feliciano López 4–6, 6–7.

2009: 2nd Davis Cup Title[edit]

Ferrer began his Season at the Heineken Open losing to Sam Querrey in the semifinals 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(4–7). At the Australian Open, he was upset by Marin Čilić 6-7(5–7), 3-6, 4-6 in the third round. He then bounced back with a semifinal showing at the SA Tennis Open falling to Jérémy Chardy after dominating the first set, lost in a tightly contested 2nd and 3rd set 6-1, 6-7(9–11), 6-7(4–7). He reached his first final of the year at the Dubai Tennis Championships losing to Novak Djokovic 7–5, 6–3. However, he bounced back defeating Novak Djokovic in a Davis Cup tie between Spain and Serbia. At the Masters event of BNP Paribas Open and Sony Ericsson Open, he was able to reach the fourth round losing to Andy Roddick and Juan Martín del Potro, respectively.

Ferrer in Miami

In the clay season, Ferrer played his first event at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, after cruising through the first two rounds he was routed by Fernando Verdasco 2-6, 1-6. He then rebounded by reaching the final of Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell losing to Rafael Nadal 2-6, 5-7. However, the Spaniard suffered early loses at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Estoril Open, and Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open. At the French Open he fell to surprise finalist Robin Söderling in the third round 7-6(7–5), 5-7, 2-6, 6-7(5–7). He played his Wimbledon warm-up at the Ordina Open and was upset by compatriot Iván Navarro in the quarterfinals 4-6, 2-6. At Wimbledon, Ferrer suffered another third round loss in a slam this time falling to Czech Radek Štěpánek in five sets 5-7, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6.

Ferrer then came back to clay at the International German Open, where he was able to reach his fifth semifinal of the year, but lost to Russian Nikolay Davydenko 5-7, 6-7(2–7). However, the Spaniard had an abysmal US Open Series, losing in the third round of 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and in second rounds of the Rogers Cup US Open. He then suffered back-to-back first round loses at the Proton Malaysian Open and China Open losing to Mikhail Youzhny and Fernando González. He also fell to eventual semifinalist Feliciano López in the second round of the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000. He was the defending champion at the Valencia Open 500 but withdrew prior to his second round match against compatriot Albert Montañés due to a Hamstring injury. He then helped Spain capture the Davis Cup title, when he defeated Radek Štěpánek 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 8-6.

2010: First Masters Final[edit]

Ferrer lost in the second round of the 2010 Australian Open to Marcos Baghdatis, after winning the first two sets, in a match lasting just over four hours.[5] Ferrer's next tournament was the SA Tennis Open. In the first round, he defeated Karol Beck. In the second round, he beat Filip Prpic, and then won his quarterfinal against Somdev Devvarman. However, in the semifinals, he lost to Stéphane Robert. Ferrer's next tournament was the Copa Telmex, where he was the top seed. He beat Simon Greul 6–2, 7–6, in the first round, and then defeated Frederico Gil in the second round 6–3, 6–0. Ferrer then defeated Igor Andreev in the quarterfinals 7–5, 6–2, and then went on to defeat Albert Montañés 6–1, 6–1. However, in the final, he fell to Juan Carlos Ferrero 7–5, 4–6, 3–6.

Ferrer's next tournament was the 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, where he was the third seed. In the first round, he defeated Potito Starace 6–2, 6–4, and defeated Thomaz Bellucci in the second round 6–4, 6–1. He then defeated Pablo Cuevas 7–5, 6–4. In the semifinals, he defeated Fernando González 6–7, 6–0, 6–4. In the final, he avenged his previous defeat to Juan Carlos Ferrero, beating him 6–3, 3–6, 6–1, for his eighth career title. This was Ferrero's third straight final and also ended Ferrero's 14-match winning streak. His ranking also rose to no. 16. In the first round of the 2010 Davis Cup, Ferrer defeated Marco Chiudinelli 6–2, 7–6, 6–1, and defeated Stanislas Wawrinka 6–2, 6–4, 6–0, to advance Spain to the quarterfinals of the 2010 Davis Cup, where they faced France. Ferrer's next tournament was the 2010 BNP Paribas Open. He was the 13th-seeded player, which gave him a bye into the second round. In the second round, he was defeated by James Blake 1–6, 4–6. Ferrer's next tournament was the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, where he was seeded 15th. In his second-round match, he defeated Michaël Llodra 6–2, 6–4, and then defeated Ivo Karlović 7–6, 6–3. However, in the fourth round, he was defeated by Rafael Nadal 6–7, 4–6.

Ferrer's next part of the season saw him enter the European clay-court swing. His first tournament was the 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, where he was seeded 11th. In the first round, he defeated qualifier Peter Luczak 6–2, 6–4, and defeated Andrey Golubev 6–3, 6–2, in the second round. He then defeated Ivan Ljubičić 6–0, 7–6. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber, 7–5, 7–6, to advance to the semifinals, where he was again defeated by Nadal 2–6, 3–6. Next, Ferrer participated in the 2010 Torneo Godo, where he was seeded eighth. He had a first-round bye, and defeated Marcel Granollers in the second round 7–5, 6–4. In the third round, he crushed Simone Bolelli 6–0, 3–0, before Bolelli retired with a wrist injury, and then defeated Thomaz Bellucci in the quarterfinals 6–4, 6–0. In the semifinals, he played Fernando Verdasco. Ferrer was leading Verdasco, 7–6, 4–2, before ultimately losing, 7–6, 5–7, 1–6. Ferrer's next tournament was the 2010 Rome Masters, where he was seeded 13th. In the first round, Ferrer defeated Evgeny Korolev 6–4, 6–1, and in the second round, he defeated Potito Starace 7–5, 6–2. In the third round, he defeated world no. 5 Andy Murray 6–3, 6–4, and then in the quarterfinals, he defeated world no. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6–4, 6–1. He faced world no. 9 Fernando Verdasco for a spot in his first Masters 1000 event final, where he won 7–5, 6–3. Ferrer ultimately succumbed to Rafael Nadal in the final 5–7, 2–6. Due to his fantastic run in Rome, his ranking increased to world no. 12. Ferrer's next tournament was the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, where he was seeded ninth. In the first round, he defeated Jérémy Chardy 6–3, 7–6, and defeated Marcos Baghdatis 1–6, 6–3, 7–5, after fending off a match point. He then defeated Marin Čilić 6–3, 6–2, to advance to the quarterfinals. There, he, for the second successive time, beat world no. 4 Andy Murray 7–5, 6–3. In the semifinals, Ferrer lost to world no. 1 Roger Federer in three sets. Ferrer's next tournament was the 2010 French Open, where he entered as a favorite. He began his campaign with a 6–1, 6–3, 6–1 victory over French wildcard David Guez, and then defeated Xavier Malisse 6–2, 6–2, 2–0 ret. In the third round. he fell to surprise semifinalist Jürgen Melzer 4–6, 0–6, 6–7.

Ferrer's next tournament was the Wimbledon, where he was the ninth seed. In the first round, he defeated Nicolas Kiefer 6–4, 6–2, 6–3, and then defeated Florent Serra in the second round 6–4, 7–5, 6–7, 6–3. In the third round, he defeated Jérémy Chardy 7–5, 6–3, 4–6, 3–6, 7–5, with Chardy serving for the match at 5–4 in the fifth. In the fourth round, he was defeated by Robin Söderling 2–6, 7–5, 2–6, 6–3, 5–7, despite being two points away from the match on two occasions. Ferrer's next played for Spain in the 2010 Davis Cup. He lost his first rubber 6–7, 2–6, 6–4, 7–5, 4–6, to Gaël Monfils of France. Spain ultimately lost to France 0–5. Ferrer then traveled to Sweden to play in the 2010 Swedish Open, where he was seeded third. Due to his seed, he received a bye in the first round and defeated Fabio Fognini 6–3, 7–5, in the second round. He then defeated Pablo Cuevas 6–3, 6–3, in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals. Ferrer also extended his ATP best wins on clay in 2010 to 31 wins. However, he lost to Robin Söderling 6–4, 3–6, 2–6, in the semifinals. He was then supposed to play in the 2010 International German Open as the second seed, but had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.

David Ferrer at the 2010 US Open

Ferrer's next tournament was the 2010 Rogers Cup, where he was seeded no. 10, but lost in the first round to David Nalbandian 5–7, 6–3, 3–6. Despite his loss, his ranking increased to world no. 11. Ferrer then traveled to Cincinnati to play in the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, where he was once again seeded no. 10. In the first round, he defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, and then defeated Sam Querrey in the second round 7–5, 6–2. However, in the third round, he lost to Nikolay Davydenko 6–4, 3–6, 5–7, despite being up a break of serve twice in the third set. Ferrer's next event was the 2010 US Open, where he was seeded no. 10. In the first round, he defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov 6–2, 6–2, 6–3, and then defeated Benjamin Becker in the second round 6–3, 6–4, 6–4. He then defeated Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7–6, 6–2, 6–2, for a spot in the round of 16. However, he lost to Fernando Verdasco 7–5, 7–6, 3–6, 3–6, 6–7, despite being up 4–2 in the fifth set, and 4–1 in the tiebreaker. Due to Ferrer's appearance in the round of 16, Ferrer was ensured to return to the top 10, to no. 10 in the world. Ferrer then traveled to Malaysia to play in the 2010 Proton Malaysian Open, where he was seed no. 5. In the first round, he defeated Bernard Tomic 6–3, 6–4, and then defeated Yuki Bhambri 6–2, 6–2, for a spot in the quarterfinals. He then defeated world no. 7 Tomáš Berdych in the quarterfinals 4–6, 7–5, 6–4. However, in the semifinals, he was upset by Andrey Golubev 7–5, 7–6. Ferrer then traveled to Beijing to play in the 2010 China Open as the no. 8 seed. In the first round, he defeated Denis Istomin 6–4, 6–1, and then defeated Yen-Hsun Lu in the second round 6–3, 3–6, 6–1. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Robin Söderling 6–2, 6–4, for a spot in the semifinals. In the semifinals, he defeated Ivan Ljubičić 6–4, 4–6, 6–4, for a spot in the finals. However, in the final, he lost to Novak Djokovic in a rain-delayed match, 2–6, 4–6. With this run to the final, Ferrer once again returned to the top 10, at world no. 10, and this also put him in the eighth position for qualifying for the year-end championships.

Ferrer then traveled to Shanghai to play in the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters, where we was seeded no. 11. In the first round, he defeated Michaël Llodra 7–6, 6–1, and then defeated Thomaz Bellucci 7–6, 6–3, in the second round. However, he was defeated by Robin Söderling 7–5, 6–4, in the third round. Due to his round of 16 showing, he moved to no. 8 in the world. Also, he moved to no. 7 in the race to the year-end championships. Ferrer then traveled to Valencia to play in the 2010 Valencia Open 500 as the hometown favorite. At the 2010 Valencia Open 500, he was seeded no. 4 and defeated Guillermo García-López 6–7, 6–3, 6–3, in the first round. He then defeated qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili 6–4, 6–1, for a spot in the quarterfinals. He then defeated Potito Starace 7–5, 6–4, to advance to the semifinals. He then defeated Robin Söderling 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, for a spot in the finals. In the finals, he defeated Marcel Granollers 7–5, 6–3, for the title, his ninth career title. With this victory, he moved to no. 7 in the race to the year-end championships and virtually secured his spot at the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals, and also improved his ranking to world no. 7. Ferrer's final regular season tournament was the 2010 BNP Paribas Masters, where he was seeded no. 7. Due to his seeding, he received a bye into the second round and defeated Fabio Fognini 3–6, 6–4, 7–6. However, he lost to Jürgen Melzer 6–7, 6–2, 3–6, in the third round. Despite his loss, Ferrer still qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals due to the fact that Fernando Verdasco lost his third-round match, sealing Ferrer's seventh spot and his second appearance since 2007. Ferrer then traveled to London to play in the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals, where he was seeded no. 7. He was placed in Group B with no. 2 Roger Federer, no. 4 Robin Söderling, and no. 5 Andy Murray. In his first match, he lost to Federer 6–1, 6–4, and in his second match he lost to Robin Söderling 5–7, 5–7. Ferrer then lost to Andy Murray 2–6, 2–6, to finish the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals with an 0–3 record. Ferrer finished the year with a 60–24 record, and once again in the top 10, finishing at world no. 7.

2011: 3rd Davis Cup Title & 2 Masters Runner-Ups[edit]

Ferrer began his 2011 ATP World Tour season at the 2011 Heineken Open, where he was the no. 1 seed. Due to his seeding, he received a bye into the second round and defeated Tobias Kamke 3–6, 7–6, 6–4. He then defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6–3, 6–7, 6–3, to advance to the semifinals, and then defeated Santiago Giraldo 6–3, 7–5, for a berth in the finals, where he played David Nalbandian. In the finals, Ferrer defeated Nalbandian 6–3, 6–2, for his first title of the year and the tenth in his career.

Ferrer in round-robin action at 2011 ATP World Tour Finals.

Ferrer then traveled to Melbourne to play in the 2011 Australian Open, where he was seeded no. 7. In the first round, he defeated Jarkko Nieminen 6–4, 6–3, 1–6, 6–2, and next defeated Michael Russell 6–0, 6–1. 7–5, in the second round. He then defeated Ričardas Berankis 6–2, 6–2, 6–1, for a spot in the round of 16, where he then defeated Milos Raonic 4–6, 6–2, 6–3, 6–4, for a spot in his second Australian Open quarterfinal. He beat an injured world no. 1 Rafael Nadal for a spot in the semifinals, winning in three sets 6–4, 6–2, 6–3. This notably ended Nadal's quest to win four straight majors. He lost to fifth seed Andy Murray 6–4, 6–7, 1–6, 6–7 in the semifinal. With his run to the semifinals of the Australian Open, his ranking rose to world no. 6.

Ferrer then traveled to Rotterdam to play in the 2011 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, where he was seeded no. 3, but lost in the first round to Jarkko Nieminen 3–6, 4–6. Next, Ferrer traveled to Acapulco for the 2011 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, where he was the top seed and defending champion. In the first round, he defeated Adrian Ungur 6–1, 6–3, and then defeated Santiago González 6–2, 6–2, in the second round. In the quarterfinals, he then defeated Juan Mónaco, 2–6, 7–5, 6–2, and then defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov 5–7, 6–1, 6–1, in the semifinals to advance to his second consecutive final at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel. He defeated compatriot Nicolás Almagro 7–6, 6–7, 6–2, for his second consecutive title in Acapulco and his eleventh career title overall.

Ferrer then traveled to Indian Wells to play in the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, where he was seeded no. 6. Due to his seeding, he received a bye into the second, where he lost to the big serving Ivo Karlović 6–7, 3–6. Ferrer then travelled to Miami to play in the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, where he was seeded no. 6. Due to his seeding, he received a bye into the second round, where he defeated qualifier Igor Kunitsyn 6–2, 6–1, for a spot in the third round. In the third round, he defeated Somdev Devvarman 6–4, 6–2, and then defeated Marcel Granollers for a spot in the quarterfinals. However, in the quarterfinals, he fell to Mardy Fish 5–7, 2–6, and later said it was due to indigestion.

Ferrer then traveled to Europe to begin the clay-court season. His first tournament was the 2011 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, where he was seeded no. 4. Due to his seeding, he received a bye into the second round, where he defeated fellow Spaniard Feliciano López 6–2, 6–0. In the third round, he defeated Milos Raonic 6–1, 6–3, and then defeated Viktor Troicki for a spot in his second consecutive Monte Carlo semifinal. He dominated Jürgen Melzer in the semifinals 6–3, 6–2, to advance to his second Masters 1000 final, where he ultimately fell to Rafael Nadal 4–6, 5–7.

Ferrer then traveled back to Spain to play in the 2011 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, where he was seeded no. 4. Due to his seeding, he received a by into the second round, where he beat Carlos Berlocq 6–2 6–2, and Victor Hănescu 6–3 6–2, in the third round to reach the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Jürgen Melzer 6–3, 6–3, and then defeated Nicolás Almagro 6–3, 6–4, for a spot in his third Barcelona Final. However, in the final, he lost to Rafael Nadal 2–6, 4–6, for the second week in a row. Ferrer then traveled to Madrid to play in the 2011 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open as the no. 6 seed. Due to his seeding, he received a bye into the second round, where he defeated Adrian Mannarino 7–5, 0–6, 6–0. He then went on to play Sergiy Stakhovsky, whom he defeated in straight sets. In the quarterfinals, Ferrer faced Novak Djokovic, where he battled against the Serbian and lost 4–6, 6–4, 3–6. It was his first defeat in their four meetings on clay. Ferrer then pulled out of Rome, due to injury, but then traveled to Paris to play in the French Open.

Ferrer at 2011 Wimbledon

At the French Open, Ferrer was seeded no. 7. He advanced with easy wins over Jarkko Nieminen, Julien Benneteau, and Sergiy Stakhovsky, before ultimately falling to no. 9 seed Gaël Monfils 4–6, 6–2, 5–7, 6–1, 6–8. Due to his round of 16 appearance, Ferrer moved up to no. 6 in the world. Ferrer then took a month off, before traveling to London to play in the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, as the no. 7 seed. In the first round, he defeated Benoît Paire 6–4, 6–4, 6–4, and then defeated Ryan Harrison 6–7, 6–1, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2. He then defeated Karol Beck 6–4, 6–3, 6–3, to advance to the round of 16. However, he fell to eventual semifinalist Jo Wilfried Tsonga 6–3, 6–4, 7–6.

After competing in two consecutive majors, Ferrer traveled to Sweden to play in the 2011 Swedish Open as the no. 2 seed. He reached the semifinals, where he defeated Nicolás Almagro 6–1, 6–3, but lost to Robin Söderling 2–6, 2–6. Ferrer was then set to begin his summer hard-court series in Toronto, but pulled out with a hairline fracture of his left wrist. He healed in time to play in the 2011 Western & Southern Open as the no. 5 seed. He won his second-round match against Grigor Dimitrov 4–6, 6–1, 7–5, before falling to Gilles Simon 4–6, 7–6, 4–6. Due to the result, Ferrer entered the top 5 in the ATP rankings again, becoming the world no. 5.

At the US Open, he lost in the fourth round to Andy Roddick in four sets 3–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6. At the 2011 Shanghai Rolex Masters Ferrer defeated Milos Raonic, former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, former World No. 1 and tenth seed Andy Roddick and Feliciano López on his way to the final that he lost to second seed Andy Murray in straight sets. At the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals, Ferrer's first match was against world No. 3 Andy Murray and the Spaniard won it 6–4, 7–5. In his next match against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Ferrer won 6–3, 6–1 in just 75 minutes, securing his spot in the semifinals. In the last game of the round robin, Ferrer lost to Tomáš Berdych in three sets 6–3, 5–7, 1–6. In the semifinal David faced the defending champion and World No. 3 Roger Federer and lost 5–7, 3–6. In the Davis Cup Final in December Ferrer won his match against Juan Martín del Potro 6–2, 6–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–3.

2012: First Masters Title[edit]

Ferrer started 2012 by participating in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship hold in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He defeated world no. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and world no. 2 Rafael Nadal to reach his first final in the exhibition tournament. In the final he lost to world no. 1 Novak Djokovic, 2–6, 1–6. He won his first tournament of 2012 in Auckland New Zealand at the Heineken Open ATP 250 (his third Auckland title, 12th titles overall to date) over Olivier Rochus, 6–3, 6–4. At the 2012 Australian Open, Ferrer was seeded fifth and he defeated Rui Machado, Ryan Sweeting, 27th seed Juan Ignacio Chela, and 17th seed Richard Gasquet on his way to the quarterfinals. He then faced world no. 1 Novak Djokovic and lost, 4–6, 6–7, 1–6.

Ferrer serving at Wimbledon

David was seeded first at the 2012 Copa Claro tournament and won it, defeating 2011 champion and second seed Nicolás Almagro, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2.[6] It was Ferrer's second title of the year and 13th of his career. His third singles title of the year and 14th overall came in Acapulco, Mexico; a week after his win in Argentina, he beat fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the final, losing only three games. At the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open, Ferrer beat Bernard Tomic, Julien Benneteau, and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martín del Potro in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals, where he faced world no. 1 Novak Djokovic. Ferrer lost in staight sets, 1–6, 6–7

At the 2012 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters he was seeded 5th, but was upset in his second-round match by Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci. The following week, Ferrer reached the final at the 2012 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, after winning over Filip Krajinović, Albert Montañés, Feliciano López, and Milos Raonic. He then lost the final to defending champion Rafael Nadal. At the 2010 Muatua Madrid Open, held for the first time on blue clay, David defeated Radek Štěpánek and Nicolás Almagro on his way to the quarterfinals. He then faced world no. 3 and eventual champion Roger Federer and lost to him, 4–6, 4–6. At the 2012 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, David was seeded fixth and defeated Fernando Verdasco, Gilles Simon, and Richard Gasquet on his way to the semifinals. There he lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal. At the 2012 French Open, Ferrer lost only 25 games defeating Lukáš Lacko, Benoît Paire, Mikhail Youzhny, and Marcel Granollers on his way to the quarterfinals. There he won over world no. 4 Andy Murray and reached his first Roland Garros semifinals.[7] He then lost to defending champion Rafael Nadal, 6–2, 6–2, 6–1.[8]

Ferrer won his fourth singles title of the year and 15th overall in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. He beat Pierre-Ludovic Duclos, Leonardo Mayer, Igor Sijsling, Benoît Paire, and Philipp Petzschner on his way to his second overall grass singles title. Ferrer then reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, defeating Dustin Brown, Kenny de Schepper, Andy Roddick, and Juan Martín del Potro. Ferrer made it to the last eight for the first time at the tenth attempt. Ferrer then went on to lose the match to Andy Murray in a four-set thriller.[9] David Ferrer entered the quarterfinals of Swedish Open by defeating Simone Bolelli of Italy, 6–4, 6–3.[10] He eventually advanced to the finals, where he defeated countryman Nicolás Almagro, 6–2, 6–2, for his fifth title of the year.[11][12]

At the US Open, Ferrer made it to his fourth career Grand Slam semifinal, where he lost in four sets to Novak Djokovic. The semifinal had to be played over two days because of the threat of a tornado on the final Saturday. He had previously defeated Kevin Anderson, Igor Sijsling, Lleyton Hewitt, Richard Gasquet, and Janko Tipsarević en route to the semis. Ferrer won his sixth title of the season in Valencia, defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov in the final. Ferrer won his first Masters 1000 title in Paris at the end of the season, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals, Michaël Llodra in the semifinals, and Jerzy Janowicz in the final.[13] This was also his seventh ATP Tour-level title of the year, the most of any player that season. He also won more matches this year than any other player, male or female.

2013: First Grand Slam Final & Reaching Top 3[edit]

Ferrer started his 2013 season by successfully defending his Heineken Open title defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 7–6(7–5), 6–1 and reached the semifinals at the 2013 Australian Open for the second time in three years losing to Novak Djokovic 2-6, 2-6, 1-6. Following the continued absence of Rafael Nadal from the ATP Tour, Ferrer became the Spanish no. 1 for the first time in his career, re-entering the top 4 in the rankings on 28 January 2013.[14] Ferrer then won his second title of the year at the Copa Claro defeating Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.[15] but lost to Nadal in the 2013 Abierto Mexicano Telcel final in Acapulco winning only two games. He then suffered an early loss at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open, falling to Kevin Anderson in the second round after receiving a bye.

Ferrer reaches his eighth consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal

He then reached the final of Miami Masters after outlasting Jürgen Melzer 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 and Tommy Haas 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, which he lost to Andy Murray after holding a championship point in the deciding set, Ferrer moved back into the top four after the result.[16] Ferrer withdrew from Monte-Carlo and was upset by Dmitry Tursunov 5-7, 6-3, 1-6 at the Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell. Ferrer reached his fifth final of the year at the Portugal Open facing Wawrinka, but this time falling in straight sets to the Swiss.[17]

He then lost to Nadal in back-to-back quarterfinals in the Masters event of Mutua Madrid Open and Internazionali BNL d'Italia. At the French Open, Ferrer reached his first Grand Slam final without dropping a set. He defeated three of his compatriots, Albert Montañés, Feliciano López, and Tommy Robredo all in straight sets, to reach his sixth Grand Slam semifinal. He then defeated sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the final, where he was defeated by compatriot and defending champion Rafael Nadal. Despite failing to win the title, Ferrer regained the world no. 4 spot from Nadal on the basis of earning more points than the previous year, while Nadal merely defended his.[18]

At the 2013 TOPSHELF Open in 's-Hertogenbosch, Ferrer went out in the first round to veteran Belgian Xavier Malisse despite being the defending champion. His next tournament was Wimbledon where he made it to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year before falling to Juan Martín del Potro in straight sets. Ferrer had disastrous US Open tune-ups at the 2013 Rogers Cup and 2013 Western & Southern Open winning only a match losing to Russians Alex Bogomolov, Jr. in the second round and Dmitry Tursunov in the third round. He rebounded at the US Open, he lost for the first time to Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals in five sets despite taking the 3rd and 4th sets, in his first loss since 2008 to the Frenchman.[19]

He then reached another final, at the If Stockholm Open facing Grigor Dimitrov, but lost in three sets to hand the Bulgarian his first title.[20] Ferrer then followed it up with another final appearance at the Valencia Open 500, where he was the defending champion. However, he fell to Russian Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets.[21] He reached his third final in as many weeks at the BNP Paribas Masters, where he was the defending champion after defeating world no. 1 Rafael Nadal, ending his nine-match losing streak to the Spaniard.[22] However, he lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets, despite serving for each set in the tenth game. This was Ferrer's seventh consecutive loss in a final.[22]

A big change in December was his parting with coach Javier Piles, who had been his coach from the beginning of his career.[23]

He didn't win a game at the year-end championships for a disappointing end to the year. However, he had his best year-end finish in the rankings at no. 3.

2014[edit]

Ferrer began his 2014 season slowly, he was defeated by Daniel Brands in the second round of the Qatar Open. He reached the semifinals of the Heineken Open. In the semifinal, he was defeated by Lu Yen-hsun. Ferrer reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 Australian Open, where he lost to Tomas Berdych in four sets. In February, Ferrer successfully defended his title at the 2014 Copa Claro, which was his first title of the year. In 2014 Rio Open semifinals, Ferrer was defeated by Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets. At the 2014 Abierto Mexicano Telcel quarterfinals, Ferrer retired against Kevin Anderson due to leg injury.

Ferrer made his return in the 2014 Sony Open Tennis. He reach before losing to Kei Nishikori. He made to semifinals in at the 2014 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, on the way he beat Rafael Nadal for the first time in 10 years on clay before losing to Stanislas Wawrinka.

Playing style and reputation[edit]

David Ferrer practices at US Open

Ferrer is noted for being one of the more dogged, agile, and fit players on the tour, and he has won many matches with consistent baseline play, great fitness, footspeed, and determination.[24] Although he does not possess powerful groundstrokes like many of his contemporaries, his ability to keep the ball deep in play and move his opponents around the court has allowed him to be successful on all surfaces, especially on clay and hard courts. Ferrer's groundstrokes are both equally solid and consistent. Although he is not a great net player, Ferrer's foot speed allows him to quickly cut off his opponents' shots and volley whilst they're off balance. Darren Cahill has said that Ferrer and Novak Djokovic are the two best returners in the men's game, even surpassing former dominant return specialists like Andre Agassi, who Cahill previously regarded as the best return specialist in the history of men's tennis. In 2007, Roger Federer regarded Ferrer as the best returner in the men's game.[25]

Personal life[edit]

David Ferrer supports Valencia CF.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 2R 1R 4R 4R QF 3R 2R SF QF SF QF 0 / 12 32–12 71.79
French Open Q2 2R 2R QF 3R 3R QF 3R 3R 4R SF F 0 / 11 32–11 74.42
Wimbledon A 2R 2R 1R 4R 2R 3R 3R 4R 4R QF QF 0 / 11 24–11 68.57
US Open A 1R 1R 3R 3R SF 3R 2R 4R 4R SF QF 0 / 11 27–11 71.05
Win–Loss 0–0 2–4 3–4 6–4 10–4 11–4 12–4 7–4 9–4 14–4 18–4 19–4 4–1 0 / 45 115–45 71.61

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2013 French Open Clay Spain Rafael Nadal 3–6, 2–6, 3–6

Year-End Championships[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2007 Shanghai Hard (i) Switzerland Roger Federer 2–6, 3–6, 2–6

ATP Masters 1000[edit]

Singles: 6 (1 title, 5 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2010 Rome Clay Spain Rafael Nadal 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 2011 Monte Carlo Clay Spain Rafael Nadal 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2011 Shanghai Hard United Kingdom Andy Murray 5–7, 4–6
Winner 2012 Paris Hard (i) Poland Jerzy Janowicz 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 2013 Miami Hard United Kingdom Andy Murray 6–2, 4–6, 6–7(1–7)
Runner-up 2013 Paris Hard (i) Serbia Novak Djokovic 5–7, 5–7

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Switzerland Roger Federer
Golden Bagel Award
2007
Succeeded by
Spain Rafael Nadal