Juan Carlos Ferrero
Ferrero in June 2011.
|Full name||Juan Carlos Ferrero Donat|
12 February 1980 |
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (160 lb; 11.5 st)|
|Retired||22 October 2012|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (8 September 2003)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2004)|
|French Open||W (2003)|
|Wimbledon||QF (2007, 2009)|
|US Open||F (2003)|
|Tour Finals||F (2002)|
|Olympic Games||QF (2000)|
|Highest ranking||No. 198 (3 February 2003)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2004, 2005)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2002, 2003)|
|US Open||1R (2006)|
|Davis Cup||W (2000, 2004, 2009)|
Last updated on: 3 September 2012.
Juan Carlos Ferrero Donat (Spanish pronunciation: [xwaŋ ˈkarlos feˈreɾo ðoˈnat]; born 12 February 1980) is a retired professional tennis player, and a former World No. 1 player, from Spain. He captured the men's singles title at the 2003 French Open, and in September of that year, became the 21st player to hold the World No. 1 ranking. He was also the runner-up at the 2002 French Open and the 2003 US Open. His nickname is "Mosquito" due to his speed and his slight physical build. Ferrero retired from the game after the 2012 Valencia Open 500.
Ferrero began playing tennis at age seven with his father, Eduardo, who often travels with son. He has two sisters, Ana and Laura and admires the play of former No. 1 and two-time Roland Garros champion Jim Courier. Ferrero's inspiration has been his mother, Rosario, who died from cancer when he was 17. In July 2007, he bought an old cottage in Bocairente, 50 minutes south from Valencia and refurbished it into "Hotel Ferrero", which features 12 luxury suites. He is also a joint owner of the Valencia Open 500 tournament together with David Ferrer. His fitness trainer is Miguel Maeso, and he is coached by Antonio Martínez (since 1989) and Salvador Navarro (since May 2008), who travels with him most of the time.
Playing style and equipment
Although Ferrero was known as one of the best clay-court players during his prime, he has distinguished himself as an all-court and all-round player through his solid performance on hard- and grass-court tournaments. He actually said during an interview that he prefers to play on hard courts. Tennis experts agreed that Ferrero's clay-court game translated well to the hard court due to his aggressive style of playing. He also had one of the greatest forehands in the game and immense speed on the court. He was sponsored by Lacoste for his clothes, Asics for shoes and Prince Sports for his racquets. He played with a Prince EXO3 Tour 100 Mid+ (16x18) racquet.
Born in Onteniente, Ferrero came to prominence in 1998, making the final of the French Open Juniors, losing to Fernando González. He finished the year ranked the World No. 17 junior. He then made his professional debut in 1998 by reaching the finals of his first Futures tournament in Italy, losing to Miguel Pastura, 4–6, 5–7. He won two Futures events in Spain, defeating Gorka Fraile and Emilio Viuda-Hernandez in the respective finals. He ended the year ranked World No. 345.
In 1999, he made his first ATP main draw debut in Casablanca in 1999 and reached the semifinals, where he lost to Alberto Martín, 5–7, 4–6. He then won two more Challenger events in Naples and Maia, as well as making another final in Naples. As a result,Ferrero made his top 100 debut in June at No. 95. He made his Grand Slam debut at the 1999 US Open in August, losing to ninth seeded Greg Rusedski in the first round. The following month, in just his fifth professional event, he won his first career title in Majorca, Spain at the Majorca Open, defeating second seed Àlex Corretja, 2–6, 7–5, 6–3, which propelled him from World No. 68 to 47. He ended the year at World No. 43 and won the ATP Newcomer of the year award. Roger Federer
In 2000, he made his Australian Open debut, making it to the third round, where he was defeated by Younes El Aynaoui in a tight five-setter, 6–7, 6–4, 6–4, 6–7, 4–6. Shortly after, he reached the finals at the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Barcelona Open, where he lost to Nicolas Kiefer and Marat Safin, respectively. By doing so, Ferrero entered the top 20 for the first time at No. 18. His best performance of the year, however, was reaching the semifinals of his first French Open, where he lost to the eventual champion Gustavo Kuerten in five sets, 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 4–6, 3–6. He reached the semifinals of Paris Masters, losing to eventual champion Marat Safin, 2–6, 2–6. He also helped Spain win the Davis Cup, winning all five of his matches. Although he did not win any titles in 2000, his significant performances in major tournaments helped him end the year ranked World No. 12.
In 2001, Ferrero started the year at the Australian Open, losing in the second round to Australian Andrew Ilie. In the span of three months, Ferrero won four titles. His first was in Dubai defeating Marat Safin, 6–2, 3–1 RET, in the final. Then he won the Estoril Open in an all-Spanish final, defeating Félix Mantilla, 7–6, 4–6, 6–3. This placed him at No. 9 in the world, his top 10 debut. He then won Barcelona, defeating Carlos Moyá, 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 3–6, 7–5. He also won his first Masters title at the 2001 Rome Masters, where he defeated Gustavo Kuerten, 3–6, 6–1, 2–6, 6–4, 6–2, his first win over a World No. 1. He reached the final of 2001 Hamburg Masters, losing to Albert Portas, 6–4, 2–6, 6–0, 6–7, 5–7, and in June reached the semifinals at the French Open for the second consecutive year, losing again to the No. 1 seed, defending champion, and eventual champion Gustavo Kuerten. Ferrero also reached the finals in Gstaad, losing to Jiří Novák, 6–1, 6–7, 7–5, and the semifinals of the 2001 Tennis Masters Cup, losing to eventual champion Lleyton Hewitt, 4–6, 3–6. He finished the year ranked World No. 5.
In 2002, Ferrero missed the Australian Open due to bursitis in his right knee. He made a bad start to the year, having a record of 7 wins and 8 losses up until the Monte Carlo Masters, where he defeated Carlos Moyá in straight sets, 7–5, 6–3, 6–4, in the final to win the title. He was, however, unsuccessful in defending his Rome title, losing to Ivan Ljubičić in the second round. At the 2002 French Open, Ferrero reached his first Grand Slam final. Despite being the strong favourite, he lost to compatriot Albert Costa, 1–6, 0–6, 6–4, 3–6. His foot was injured during the tournament, and he played through, taking a lot of cortisone shots. He reached the finals at Kitzbühel, losing to Àlex Corretja, 4–6, 1–6, 3–6. He made it to the semifinals in the Cincinnati Masters, losing to eventual champion Carlos Moyá, 3–6, 4–6. He won his second title of the year in Hong Kong, avenging his lost to Carlos Moyá by beating him in the final, 6–3, 1–6, 7–6. As in the previous year he reached the finals of the Tennis Masters Cup, losing once again to Lleyton Hewitt, 5–7, 5–7, 6–2, 6–2, 4–6. This result saw the Spaniard finish the year ranked World No. 4.
In 2003, Ferrero started the year by reaching the finals in Sydney, losing to Hyung-Taik Lee, 6–4, 6–7, 6–7. He went on to reach the quarter-finals of the 2003 Australian Open, losing to Wayne Ferreira, 6–7, 6–7, 1–6. He won his first title of the year at the Monte Carlo Masters, which he defended by defeating Guillermo Coria, 6–2, 6–2. In his next four tournaments, he reached the semi-finals in Barcelona, losing to Marat Safin, 4–6, 3–6, and the semifinals at the 2003 Rome Masters, losing to Roger Federer, 4–6, 2–4 RET. He also won the Valencia Open, defeating Christophe Rochus, 6–2, 6–4, without losing a set. He then won his first and only Grand Slam at the 2003 French Open, defeating surprise finalist Martin Verkerk, 6–1, 6–3, 6–2, in the final. He reached the 4th round of Wimbledon losing to Sébastien Grosjean 2–6, 6–4, 6–7, 6–7. At the 2003 US Open his good form at the Grand Slams continued, eliminating former World No. 1s and former US Open champions Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi, before losing to Andy Roddick, 3–6, 6–7, 3–6, in the final. This result saw Ferrero take the No. 1 spot from Agassi. The year continued in Bangkok where he played for the first time as World No. 1, losing to Taylor Dent in the final, 3–6, 6–7. He took his next title at the Madrid Masters, his first hard-court Masters title, by defeating Nicolás Massú, 6–3, 6–4, 6–3, in the final. He was presented with the Spanish "National Sportsman of the Year" award from King Juan Carlos. Ferrero ended the year ranked World No. 3, behind Andy Roddick and Roger Federer.
Injuries began to plague Ferrero throughout 2004, and his ranking and form dipped. Despite making the Australian Open semifinals early in the year (losing to Roger Federer), 4–6, 1–6, 4–6, and the finals of 2004 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, losing to Lleyton Hewitt, 7–6, 5–7, 4–6, chicken pox kept him out for the entire month of March. After a first-round loss in Monte Carlo in April, he required another month out for rest and recuperation. On 8 May, Ferrero fell during a practice session, injuring his ribs and his right wrist and went into the defence of his French Open crown under-prepared. He lost in the second round to Igor Andreev and continued to struggle for the rest of the year, finishing outside the world's top 30 for the first time in five years.
Ferrero looked fresher and healthier in 2005 and began to climb back up towards the top echelons of the game. He reached the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters, losing to Guillermo Coria, 2–6, 5–7, and Beijing, losing to Rafael Nadal, 4–6, 4–6. He reached the final of the Open Seat Godo in Barcelona, losing to Rafael Nadal, 1–6, 6–7, 3–6, in April, as well as the final of Vienna, where he lost to Ivan Ljubičić. 2–6, 4–6, 6–7. He ended 2005 ranked World No. 17.
In 2006, Ferrero's performance was mediocre, reaching just one semifinal in Buenos Aires, where he lost to Carlos Moyá, 6–3, 6–7, 4–6, and one final in Cincinnati. During the Masters event in Cincinnati, Ferrero notched his first top 10 win of 2006 with a 6–2, 6–4 win over US No. 1 and World No. 5 player James Blake. A few days later, Ferrero defeated World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, 7–6, 7–6, and subsequently World No. 7 Tommy Robredo, 6–3, 6–4, to move into the final of an ATP Masters Series event for the first time since 2003. In the final, Ferrero lost to Andy Roddick, 3–6, 4–6. He ended the year ranked No. 23.
In 2007, Ferrero had a bad start of the year with a first round loss at the Heineken Open and a second round loss at the Australian Open to Danai Udomchoke in four sets. Ferrero bounced back by reaching the final of the 2007 Brasil Open, where he lost to Guillermo Cañas, 6–7, 2–6. He reached the semifinals of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL tournament in Acapulco, Mexico, where he lost to Carlos Moyà, 6–2, 2–6, 3–6. At the 2007 Indian Wells Masters he reached the fourth round losing to Rafael Nadal but fell early in the 2007 Miami Masters to Guillermo Cañas in the second round. He was able to reach the semifinals of the 2007 Monte Carlo Masters, losing to Roger Federer, 3–6, 4–6, and the semifinals in Vienna, where he lost to Stanislas Wawrinka, 5–7, 1–6. He then fell early in the 2007 Rome Masters and 2007 Hamburg Masters. He managed to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, losing 6–7, 6–3, 1–6, 3–6 to Roger Federer. Ferrero could not reproduce his 2003 form at the 2007 French Open, losing in the third round to Mikhail Youzhny, 7–6, 6–7, 2–6, 2–6. He lost at the 2007 US Open to Feliciano López in the first round and ended the year ranked No. 24.
Ferrero started 2008 by reaching the final of the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand and defeating David Nalbandian, 6–1, 6–2, 6–3 to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open. After the Australian Open, Ferrero suffered early losses to Nicolas Mahut at the Open 13 in Marseille and at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam to Teymuraz Gabashvili. Following these two losses, Ferrero lost to Andy Roddick in Dubai, 6–2, 6–4. He made a fourth-round appearance at the Indian Wells Masters, where Nalbandian defeated him, 2–6, 2–6. At the Miami Masters, Ferrero lost to Tomáš Berdych in the third round. He lost to Marat Safin in three sets at the Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana in the first round. At the Monte Carlo Masters, showings still were mediocre for the Spaniard, as he lost to Rafael Nadal, 4–6, 1–6.
In contrast, Ferrero displayed excellent form at the 2008 Rome Masters, beating Nicolas Kiefer, 6–7, 6–3, 6–4, and then stunning World No. 2 Rafael Nadal. Ferrero had lost at Monte Carlo to Nadal two weeks earlier, and Nadal had won 17 successive matches on the Roman clay tennis courts. However, Ferrero triumphed over him, 7–5, 6–1. Joy was short-lived as he lost to Stanislas Wawrinka in the following round, 4–6, 3–6. He then competed in the 2008 French Open, retiring in the first round due to a leg injury against Marcos Daniel after winning the first set, 7–6, 2–2 RET. In June he competed at Wimbledon, retiring in the second round against Mischa Zverev, 4–6, 4–6, 1–2 RET, due to a hamstring injury. He missed the next three months with a shoulder injury and returned with a quarterfinal appearance at the 2008 China Open, losing to eventual champion Andy Roddick. His next tournaments were in Vienna, a second-round loss to Jürgen Melzer, and a quarterfinals appearance at Lyon, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He ended the year ranked No. 55, his lowest year-end ranking since 1998.
Ferrero started the year with early losses in the Brisbane International, the Heineken Open, and the 2009 Australian Open which made him drop out of the top 100 at No. 101 for the first time in almost 10 years. He, however, reached the quarterfinals of the Brasil Open, losing to Thomaz Bellucci, 6–7, 6–1, 3–6, and of the Copa Telmex, losing to David Nalbandian, 3–6, 0–3 RET.
In March, Ferrero captured his first singles title since 2003 by defeating fifth-seeded Florent Serra, 6–4, 7–5, in the final of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco. He, however, followed up with early losses in rest of the clay-court season. He lost in first round of the Barcelona Open, failed to qualify for the Rome Masters, and suffered second-round losses in the Estoril Open, Madrid Open, and the 2009 French Open.
Perhaps surprisingly, Ferrero's resurgence came on the grass courts, as he reached the semifinals of the Queen's Club Championships, losing to Andy Murray, 2–6, 4–6, and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, defeating tenth seed Fernando González in the third round, 4–6, 7–5, 6–4, 4–6, 6–4, in a match lasting about 3 hours, and seventh seed Gilles Simon in the fourth round, 7–6, 6–3, 6–2, before losing to Andy Murray, 5–7, 3–6, 2–6. These performances saw him climb from No. 90 to No. 37 in a month. He then reached the finals of the Umag Open, losing to Nikolay Davydenko, 3–6, 0–6. At the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, Ferrero advanced to the third round, before losing to Tommy Haas, 5–7, 6–2, 1–6, after beating Tommy Robredo, 6–3, 6–2.
In August he competed at the Rogers Cup, where he needed to qualify for the main draw despite his high ranking. He defeated Lleyton Hewitt in the first round, 6–1, 6–4, ending Hewitt's three-match winning streak against him. He then defeated 13th seed Gaël Monfils, 6–3, 7–6 in the pair's first meeting, before losing to Andy Murray once again, 1–6, 3–6. He lost in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters to Marin Čilić, 3–6, 4–6. At the US Open, he defeated Fabrice Santoro in the first round in Santoro's last US Open match. In the second round against Philipp Petzschner, Ferrero mounted a remarkable comeback from two sets down for the third time in his career to win 1–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–4. He went on to defeat No. 9 seed Gilles Simon, 1–6, 6–4, 7–6, 1–0 ret, but lost in the fourth round to Juan Martín del Potro. Ferrero climbed impressively into the top 20, having been ranked No. 115 just 5 months before. In his first tournament after the US Open at the China Open, he lost to Fernando Verdasco, 5–7 4–6, in the second round, after defeating Nicolás Almagro, 7–5, 7–6. He competed in the Shanghai Masters, where he missed being seeded by one ranking position. He was crushed in the first round by 13th seed Radek Štěpánek, 6–3 6–0, winning only 7 points in the second set. He also lost in the first round of the Stockholm Open to Marcos Baghdatis, 4–6, 2–6. He then competed in the Valencia Open but made an early exit to Pablo Cuevas in a three-set battle, 6–2, 6–7, 3–6, after serving for the set at 5–3 in the second set. He ended the year at No. 23, which was 32 spots higher than the previous year and won his first title in 6 years.
Ferrero had a bad start to the 2010 season. Ferrero began the year at the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand, where he retired with an injury trailing 1–3 in the second round, after receiving a first round bye. At the Australian Open, he lost to Ivan Dodig, after being two sets to love up and seemingly cruising to victory. His mind slipped mid-match and he got crushed during the last three sets of the match, 6–2, 6–1, 4–6, 1–6, 1–6.
Ferrero then competed in the Brasil Open as the no. 1 seed. He earned his first win of the season against Eduardo Schwank, 7–6, 6–3. In the following round he defeated Nicolás Massú, 6–2, 5–7, 6–2 (despite failing to serve out the match 5–4 in the second set), Carlos Berlocq, 6–3, 6–2, in the quarterfinals, and Ricardo Mello, 6–4, 6–2, in the semifinals. In the final, he crushed Łukasz Kubot, 6–1, 6–0, in 61 minutes, conceding one of his services games but in turn, breaking all of his opponent's service games.
At the Copa Telmex, seeded No. 2, he won against top seed David Ferrer in the final, 5–7, 6–4, 6–3, after defeating Juan Mónaco in the semifinals, 6–2, 7–6. This was his second title in a row and extended his winning streak to 10. The tournament victory also raised his ranking to World No. 16.
At the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco, he had comfortable victories over qualifier Diego Junqueira, 6–2, 6–3, and Igor Andreev, 6–4, 6–3. Carrying on his fiery form, he defeated defending champion Nicolás Almagro, 6–1, 5–7, 6–2, in the quarterfinals, not facing any break points in the first and third sets and being broken only once. He defeated Juan Mónaco in the semifinals, when the Argentinian retired with an abdominal strain after losing the first set 7–5. Ferrero faced David Ferrer in his third straight final and lost, 3–6, 6–3, 1–6. Both players admitted that Ferrero's fatigue played a major role in the final set. This ended his 14-match winning streak. Despite the loss, he rose to No. 14 in the world, the first time he was ranked that high since 11 October 2004, when he was ranked 13th.
He defeated Daniel Köllerer, 6–3, 6–0, in the second round of Indian Wells, earning his first hard-court victory of the season, losing only eight points on serve. He then faced Juan Mónaco in the third round, their third meeting in a row, with Ferrero prevailing in the other two. He was upset, 7–6, 3–6, 6–3, in a match that lasted over three hours. At the Miami Masters, he made the round of 16, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 2–6, 2–6, after defeating John Isner, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3, and Daniel Köllerer, 4–0 RET.
At the Monte Carlo Masters, he defeated Marcel Granollers, 6–0, 6–3, and Benjamin Becker, 6–3, 6–4. After defeating the German, Ferrero upset Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6–1, 3–6, 7–5, earning his first victory over the Frenchman. He, however, lost to Rafael Nadal, 4–6, 2–6, in the quarterfinals. At the Barcelona Open, Ferrero was upset by Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker in the third round, due to not playing well in the tie-breaks, 6–7, 6–3, 6–7.
Ferrero went into the French Open seeded 16th and tipped by some to make a good run in the tournament. He defeated Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in the first round, 6–4, 6–3, 6–1. He then met fellow Spaniard Pere Riba in the second round, winning in four sets, 7–6, 6–7, 6–2, 6–2. However, he was upset in the third round by unseeded American Robby Ginepri. After coming back from a two-set deficit and being a break of serve up in the decider, Ferrero lost in the fifth set with a final score of 7–5, 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 6–4. He may have been seen to have underachieved in the tournament but did improve on his previous year's performance and did therefore increase his ranking points. At the Gerry Weber Open grass tournament his form continued to go down as he lost to Lucky Loser Dominik Meffert in the first round, 3–6, 5–7. His bad form continued, as he lost to Xavier Malisse in five sets in the first round of Wimbledon. He was now 9 wins–8 losses since his good run at the South American clay season.
Next stop on his tour was the MercedesCup in Stuttgart, losing to Albert Montañés for the first time in six meetings in the semifinals, 3–6, 6–7, despite having two set points in the second set tiebreak. At the German Open in Hamburg, Ferrero defeated Jan Hájek and Jarkko Nieminen, before being upset by Florian Mayer, 7–6, 2–6, 3–6, for the first time in five meetings. At the Umag Open, Ferrero won his third title of the year, at first struggling against Pablo Cuevas, 4–6, 6–4, 6–4, but cruising through against Alexandr Dolgopolov, Andreas Seppi, and Potito Starace in the final. He then the Rogers Cup and Cincinnati Masters due to a knee injury. He returned at the US Open, where he defeated Martin Kližan and Ricardo Mello in straight sets, but lost to Jürgen Melzer in the third round. He missed the rest of the season due to knee and wrist injuries for which he was operated in October.
Ferrero withdrew from the Heineken Open and Australian Open. As the defending champion, he withdrew from the Brasil Open and Copa Claro. He also withdrew from the Abierto Mexicano, Indian Wells, Miami Masters, and Monte Carlo Masters as the recovery from his wrist and knee surgery took longer than expected.
He made his return at the Barcelona Open, where he defeated Xavier Malisse, 6–4, 6–1, Mischa Zverev, 6–4, 7–5, and Simone Vagnozzi, 7–6, 4–6, 6–4, but lost in the quarterfinals to Nicolás Almagro, 3–6, 3–6. His next tournament was the Madrid Open, where he lost in the first round to Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker, 6–2, 5–7, 4–6, after which he indicated that the end of tennis career might be near. He missed the Rome Masters, French Open, and Wimbledon due to same injury. His ranking dropped to No. 85.
He returned to competition at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart. There, he defeated Bastian Knittel, Mikhail Youzhny, Marcel Granollers, Federico Delbonis and in the final countryman Pablo Andújar, 6–4, 6–0, to capture the Stuttgart title. Right after this win he went to the German Open Hamburg, where he lost in the first round to Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, 3–6, 2–6. As the defending champion, he reached the semifinals of the Croatia Open losing to eventual champion Alexandr Dolgopolov 4–6, 4–6. At the Rogers Cup, he lost to Ernests Gulbis, 6–3, 1–6, 5–7 and at the Cincinnati Masters to Feliciano López 6–4, 3–6, 4–6 both in the first round.
Ferrero's next tournament was the US Open, where he defeated Pablo Andújar in the first round, 1–6, 7–5, 5–7, 6–1, 6–3. In the second round, he defeated Frenchman Gaël Monfils in an electrifying five-set match, 7–6, 5–7, 6–7, 6–4, 6–4. His next opponent was Spain's Marcel Granollers, who retired in the second set; at the time of Granollers' retirement, Ferrero led the match 6–1, 4–3. In the fourth round, Ferrero lost to Janko Tipsarević, 5–7, 7–6, 5–7, 2–6. His next tournament was the 2011 China Open, where he lost in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He then played at the Shanghai Masters reaching the third round, falling to good friend David Ferrer 6–1, 5–7, 2–6 after having wasted three match points in the second set. His next tour stop was the Valencia Open, where he lost in the quarterfinals to Argentine player Juan Mónaco 3–6, 3–6. The final tournament of the year was the Paris Masters, where he lost in the first round to Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 2–6, 3–6.
Ferrero began his 2012 season with a 3–6, 2–6 loss to Frenchmen Benoît Paire in Sydney. His next tournament was the 2012 Australian Open, where made an early exit in the first round to Serbian Viktor Troicki after a hard-fought five-set match, 4–6, 6–7, 6–2, 7–6, 6–2 in which he failed to convert a match point in the fourth set. After the match, Ferrero was fined $1,500 by the organization of the Australian Open for "audible obscenities" during the match. Ferrero represented Spain in the Davis Cup vs. Kazakhstan defeating Mikhail Kukushkin in five sets in the first tie. He then played a disappointing Golden Swing in Latin America losing three times in his opening matches. As 6th seed, he lost to Leonardo Mayer in the first round 7–6, 6–2 at the Brasil Open. At the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires he lost to 4th seed Kei Nishikori 7–5, 3–6, 6–2. For last, at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, he lost in first round to Stanislas Wawrinka 2–6, 6–3, 6–4. He then missed 3 months due to a wrist injury. Ferrero returned at the 2012 Mutua Madrid Open losing in the first round to qualifier Igor Andreev 6–4, 7–6. His next tournament was the 2012 Internazionali BNL d'Italia. In the first round, Ferrero beat Kevin Anderson 6–4, 7–5; recording his 2nd win in the year. In the second round, he beat Frenchman and 13th seed Gaël Monfils 7–5, 6–3. However, in the third round, he fell to Roger Federer in 3 sets: 6–2, 5–7, 6–1. After Rome, Ferrero played at 2012 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur. In the first round, he beat Dutch Robin Haase after saving a match point: 4–6, 7–6, 7–6. In the second round, he fell to Brazilian qualifying Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets: 6–4, 6–3. In Roland Garros, his next tournament, Juan won the first match against the French Wildcard player Jonathan Dasnières de Veigy 6–1, 6–4, 6–3. In the second round, he lost to Marin Čilić 6–7(4), 2–6, 3–6. After this, Ferrero did not play at any tournament, preferring to go straight to Wimbledon, where he lost in the 1st round 3–6, 3–6, 1–6 to defending champion and world number 1 Novak Djokovic. Ferrero announced on 12 September 2012, that he would official retire from professional tennis after the Valencia Open 500 in October. He stated that "The Valencia Open 500 will be my last tournament, it's the best possible stage for me to retire. Because of injuries, I was not able to play a full season and it's been a complicated year as I could see I didn’t have the same ambition after 14 years on the tour.
Ferrero made his Davis Cup debut for Spain in the quarterfinals match-up against Russia in 2000 and won both his matches against Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin in straight sets. He played in the semifinals, this time against the American Vince Spadea, and won in three sets, 4–6, 6–1, 6–4. His impressive Davis Cup form continued when he defeated Australians Patrick Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt in Barcelona, enabling Spain to capture the Davis Cup for the first time. In 2001, Spain fell to the Netherlands, and Ferrero lost his first match against Raemon Sluiter, losing two tie-breakers and winning one. He, however, made up for this loss when Spain competed in the qualifying rounds for the Davis Cup World Group by defeating Oleg Ogorodov of Uzbekistan in straight sets.
Ferrero continued to be a key Davis Cup player in subsequent years. In both 2003 and 2004, Ferrero contributed to Spain's successive progress to the Davis Cup final. In 2004, Spain won the Davis Cup for the second time. In 2009, Ferrero won the fifth and decisive rubber against Andreas Beck of Germany, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4, in the Davis Cup quarterfinals, putting Spain through to the semifinal. In the semifinal Ferrero won the second rubber against Israel, 6–4, 6–2, 6–0, putting Spain on track to win the Davis Cup for the second consecutive year, the first nation to do so since Sweden in 1998. As Nadal returned from injury to play the final for Spain, Ferrero was not selected to Spain's final team. He attended all the live rubbers to support his teammates during the first two days of the Davis Cup final as a reserve player. He was not included in the 2009 Davis Cup presentation ceremony and celebrations on the final day.
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