Tag Archives: David Ferrer

David Ferrer and that Crying Baby

16 Oct

Does anybody remember the much ado about nothing involving David Ferrer hitting the ball toward the crying baby earlier this year in Miami? Well, I wonder if the producers of this Shanghai Masters promo do.

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I am not sure why this made me laugh so hard, but I thought I should share in case you have the same warped sense of tennis humor. I also wanted an excuse to shout a “Vamos Ferru” before the big final tomorrow. Bring home your first Master Series shield – do it for all of the hard-working grinders out there.

david ferrer shanghai final

VAMOS FERRU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Andy Murray and David Ferrer: The Not-So-Unusual Suspects

15 Oct

It is the final weekend of a Masters Series, and the usual suspects are nowhere to be found. Novak Djokovic pulled out with a nagging back injury, and Roger Federer was also a no-show for “rest and recuperation”. Rafael Nadal bowed out in the 3rd Round to an inspired performance by Florian Mayer.

andy murray shanghaiWith the Big 3 out of the mix, #4 Andy Murray and #5 David Ferrer certainly both look eager to capitalize on their absence. Andy Murray will pass Roger and move to #3 if he wins the title, and the Scot has been very vocal all week about this being a major source of motivation. Andy is looking for his 3rd consecutive title to go undefeated in Asia after wins in Bangkok and Tokyo. He may have gotten a little lucky early in the week with a 1st Round bye and 2nd Round walkover in order to receive some well-needed rest.

David Ferrer, despite an otherwise successful career and many weeks in the Top 5, has never won a Master Series. He has given himself another look at securing that elusive Master Series shield with a 67(5) 63 63 win over Feliciano Lopez. david ferrer shanghaiLopez came in to the match with a 6-4 record against Ferrer and an even more encouraging 6-1 record on hard courts. Ferrer showed why he is Top 5 by playing tough after losing a tight first set, and Lopez quite frankly just got tight at the end of the 3rd set. While serving at 3-4 in the final set, Feli threw in 3 double-faults and a sprayed forehand to hand Ferru a trip to the final. Earlier in the week, Ferrer fought off 3 match points against his best friend Juan Carlos and also needed a 3rd set tie-break to beat Andy Roddick. Ferrer certainly earned his way to his 3rd Master Series final, and unlike his previous two attempts he will not have to face Rafael Nadal on a clay court.

David will now sit back and wait to see whether or not he will be the underdog in the final to red-hot Andy Murray or the massive favorite against young Kei Nishikori. Stay tuned for our next post “Shanghai Surprises (Plural)” to learn more about Kei and Project 45 among other surprises this week.

Open Letter to USTA: Stop Dissing The Ferrer(o) Boys

4 Sep

Dear US Open Scheduling Committee:

David Ferrer and Juan Carlos Ferrero are both quiet achievers who have the respect of both the fans and players. However, you have  treated the scheduling of their matches as if they were both unknown qualifiers. 

Today for example, David Ferrer will face off against Florian Mayer on Court 17.  I am not suggesting that you bump Roddick, Nadal, or Murray off Arthur Ashe. I won’t even suggest moving Delpo-Simon or Isner-Bogomolov off Armstrong despite Ferrer having a much higher ranking than all of them. I will even concede Donald Young vs Juan Ignacio on Grandstand. But Gilles Muller vs Igor Kunitsyn gets Grandstand treatment over the #5 player in the world?!?!? Really?!?!?  Come on US Open, you are better than that.

And in case you have not noticed, David Ferrer is ranked #5 in the world again in what has been the quietest return to the Top 5 ever. This achievement really should be celebrated and rewarded by the US Open scheduling committee in my opinion. When you see other veterans like Lleyton Hewitt, Nikolay Davydenko, and now Andy Roddick struggle to maintain their level of play, Ferrer’s return to #5 in the world is all that more impressive. Usually players that rely on speed fall rather quickly when they move closer to the end of their careers, but the 29 year-old has not only maintained his speed but he also pummels his forehand with more might than you would think from a supposed defensive grinder. One of the many things Ferru does not get the credit he deserves is his aggressive ball striking.

mosquito ferreroNow why should I complain about the court scheduling treatment of Juan Carlos Ferrero since his ranking has fallen to 105? The short answer is because he is a former #1 player, Grand Slam winner, and US Open finalist. That’s not to say he should automatically get stadium treatment for every match, but scheduling him on Court 10 for his first match was a real slap in the face. For those who do not know, this court is not one of the six televised courts and barely has 4 rows of seating. JCF has gotten this outer court treatment in the past, and just like when Ferrer plays out in the boonies the fans suffer because they often are not able to even get a seat. I would not have a problem with the US Open scheduling if these were players like Davydenko and Berdych who may have similar resumes but not the fans to fill up the seats. Sorry guys, but it’s true.

While Ferrero’s ranking may have dropped to 105, you should have realized he is very much still relevant as was evident by winning his 16th career title in Stuttgart this year on top of his 3 titles last year. He also leads all active players including Roddick and Federer with 13 consecutive years of being in at least one ATP final. And please do David Ferrer and Juan Carlos Ferreronot tell me that Ferrero and Ferrer are just clay-court specialists. JC’s best Slam results in recent years have been at the US Open and Wimbledon. David Ferrer has his best Slam results on hard courts making the 2007 US Open and 2011 Oz Open semis

Despite their humble nature, please start putting them on the show courts where they belong. If they keep winning, you will have to start giving them stadium treatment so maybe you should put this letter aside for next year.

Thank you,

Tennis Crack Whore

PS – Here are a couple of videos of these two best friends and champions, who both vacationed together in Puerto Rico where they fled from Hurricane Irene before they had to seek shelter in NYC later in the week. Also, please take notice of the misspelling of Ferrero by the ATP.  Can’t anyone show these two some love and respect?

Unofficial & Unauthorized ATP Champions Race of 2011

8 Aug

Is anybody else getting just a tad curious about which players will qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London at the O2 Arena in November? Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have already qualified. Roger Federer and Andy Murray will surely follow soon to keep the Big 4 of the past few years in tact. While Soderling has been Top 5 for quite some time, his place in London is less secure than David Ferrer as you will see in the unofficial rankings below. It really is just a matter of time before the Spanish bulldog makes the quietest return to the Top 5 ever.

Let’s assume everybody listed above qualifies for the Tour Finals as they have in multiple years prior, but who will grab those last two spots? You may be surprised to see where things are shaking out at this moment since if there were an official Champions Race, it would vary greatly from the 52-Week Entry List rankings. Let’s sneak a peek at the Race as of 8/8/11 straight from my unofficial Excel spreadsheet:

Race Entry Player Name YTD Pts 2011 W-L
1 1 Novak Djokovic 9765 48-1
2 2 Rafael Nadal 7640 51-8
3 3 Roger Federer 4180 39-9
4 4 Andy Murray 3720 29-9
5 6 David Ferrer 3250 39-11
6 5 Robin Soderling 2135 38-9
7 10 Nicolas Almagro 1750 41-15
8 19 Juan Martin Del Potro 1665 36-10
9T 9 Tomas Berdych 1630 34-15
9T 16 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1630 28-14
11 8 Mardy Fish 1560 29-15
12 11 Gilles Simon 1510 30-17
13 13 Richard Gasquet 1400 27-13
14 15 Victor Troicki 1370 32-16
15T 7 Gael Monfils 1340 25-10
15T 21 Alexandr Dolgopolov 1340 26-18

Similar to Messieur Monfils whose Race position of 15 is far lower than his 52-Week ranking of 7, both 12th ranked Andy Roddick and 14th ranked Mikhail Youzhny are lagging in the Race as they have so many ranking points from 2010 to defend. Conversely, Juan Martin and Jo Willy have a much better chance to qualify than their 52-week rankings indicate.

Who do you think will grab those last two spots. Will both Del Potro and Simon return to the Tour Finals just like they climbed up the rankings to the Top 8 back in 2008? Can Nicolas Almagro or Mardy Fish qualify for the first time? There is still plenty of tennis to be played in 2011, so it is quite possible someone outside this list will make the cut. Who are your dark horses?

Quick Hit: Does anybody else find it ironic that former Top 50 singles player Daniele Bracciali who is probably best known for being suspended by the ATP for gambling just won his second doubles title of the year in Kitzbuhel? Oh, did I forget to mention the tournament happens to be called the Bet At Home Open? Maybe Wayne Odesnik’s first title after his suspension will be at the HGH Classic.

2011 French Open Draw Announced

20 May

Forgive the old picture from Kooyong last year, but the biggest news to me this morning was that Novak Djokovic drew Juan Martin Del Potro in the 3rd Round of Roland Garros. Considering Del Potro has to play the always dangerous Ivo Karlovic in the 1st round, this juicy Delpo-Djoko clash is far from a sure thing but we sure are looking forward to this potential 1st week encounter.

Meanwhile, John Isner unseeded in a Slam for the first time in quite a while came up unlucky playing Rafael Nadal in his first match. Other opening matches include Federer v Lopez, Querrey v Kohlschreiber, Monaco v Verdasco, Gasquet v Stepanek, and Ferrer v Nieminen. The projected quarterfinal match-ups based on seedings are Nadal-Soderling, Murray-Melzer, Federer-Ferrer, and Djokovic-Berdych. Take a look at the draw and let us know what upsets you think are brewing.

Let’s talk about the women’s draw next time, but for now here are pics of the ATP players that have already arrived to practice on the terre batue.

Weekly Winners: David, Delpo, Dulko, Djokey and um D-Vera?

28 Feb

What a nice mix of tourney winners this week, dontcha think?  I try not to overstate things when it comes to tennis, but these weekly winners made some important statements this week.  And in many cases their opponents in the final missed out on their statement-making opportunities.

David Ferrer – Can you think of a more underrated player in recent years other than David Ferrer? Ferru became a solid Top 5 player in 2007, but no one really ever paid that much attention to him. Well, guess what? Very quietly he has snuck up to be in striking distance of getting back in that Elite 5. The feisty Spaniard who always seems to believe in himself on the court has expressed lots of doubt and/or modesty in his ability in the past, but I like the sound of his humble optimism after defending the Acapulco crown (and sombrero) by a score of 76(4) 67(2) 62. “I didn’t think I could win here twice in a row and I realize I am having the best season start of my career this year. I hope I can continue like that this season.” Nicolas Almagro is also enjoying a stellar start to 2011 with an 18-3 record including two titles and a third consecutive final, yet today Nico remained winless in his six attempts against his higher ranked countryman. Almagro also holds a horrible 10-29 record against Top 10 players, with no Top 10 wins at the majors. For someone so close to cracking the Top 10 again, I expect a whole lot more from Nicolas Almagro. He moves up to #12 this week and was as high as #11 in 2008, but I can’t help but think that he should take some notes from his friend Ferru.

Juan Martin Del Potro – El Torre de Tandil won his first title since his comeback from injury and the 2009 US Open. Juan Martin picked up the trophy in style as he did not drop a set in Delray Beach. This is Del Potro’s 8th title, with five of them coming on American hard courts. Delpo beat Janko 6-4 6-4 despite the Serb racing out to a 4-1 lead. This was Janko’s third ATP final, but he will have to wait some more before snagging that elusive first title. Juan Martin will be back in the Top 100 thanks to this win, and I am curious to see how he will compete against the big boys at Indian Wells and Miami.

Gisela Dulko – Casi un catástrofe! Dulko raced to a 63 51 lead against Arantxa Parra Santonja, who then won the next five games in a row to go up 6-5, 40-0 for triple set point. Gisela steadied herself to win five points in a row to force a tie-break in the second and eventually won the match 63 76(5). The usually steady Argentine explained, “Finals are always special and we were both nervous in the first set, but after that I was playing much better. All of a sudden I started to get a bit nervous again and Arantxa started playing so well. I was three set points down. At the end I ended up winning, so I’m really happy.” Acapulco marks Dulko’s fourth title and first since 2008, while this was 28 year-old Parra Santonja’s first final ever.

Novak Djokovic – Undefeated in 2011. That’s 12 wins in a row for Novak, and 17 overall if you include Hopman and Davis Cup. I think it’s worth pointing out that Nole did not face any easy draws as all but 3 of these 17 matches were against Top 50 players. The exceptions were Ruben Bemelmans and Lleyton Hewitt both at Hopman Cup as well as soon-to-be Top 50 Ivan Dodig, the only player Nole lost a set to during his Melbourne run. And a quick congrats to 23 year-old Belgian lefty Ruben Bemelmans who won the Wolfsburg challenger and jumped to a career-high #144. Just like the Aussie semis, Roger lost to Novak in straight sets with a score of 63 63 today. Roger remains ahead 13-8 in their head-to-head, but Novak has looked like the more confident player in these past two matches. It seems like many continue to question if Roger’s descent from greatness has already begun, but I sure wouldn’t write him off just yet.

Vera Zvonareva – I give a lot of credit to Vera for capturing this title in Doha over Caroline Wozniacki by a score of 64 64. While many have questioned the legitimacy of Caro’s year-end #1 ranking for 2010, I couldn’t help but take greater issue with Vera’s year-end #2 ranking. Wozniacki may not have won a Grand Slam, but she did win 6 titles and the most on tour. And Vera in 2010? She only won one title over a very weak field in Pattaya City where #48 Yaroslava Shvedova was the highest ranked player she had to face. Vera remains at #3 in the rankings this week, but I am beginning to become more of a Vera-believer. I might even have to consider her one of the favorites for Roland Garros despite the fact that it has been her least successful Slam so far. And wow, how wide open will that Slam be this year, huh?

Congrats to all of the weekly winners!

Next week is Davis Cup for the ATP, and I will offer a bold prediction for the WTA next week…

Dinara Safina wins Kuala Lumpur!

Can David Ferrer Win a Grand Slam?

28 Jan

Just chilling at the beach a day before the semis

Everyone is writing David Ferrer off, but I wouldn’t do that just yet.  Ferru with his win in Auckland over Nalby has still not lost a match in 2011 and must be soaring with confidence. Well, as much confidence as Mr. Modesty can have. This is after all the same guy who once said he was the worst player in the Top 50. And when asked earlier this week what his 2011 goals are, he said he would like to be Top 10 or maybe Top 15. Do you think the little dude already knows he’s currently ranked #7 and has been as high as #4 in the world?

Ferrer has to win Melbourne to get himself back in the Top 5, but even if he loses today he will move to #6 and close the gap between both Murray and Soderling. Without much to defend at Indian Wells and Miami, he will likely return to the Top 5 before the clay season begins. And an oh-so-quiet return to the upper echelon, still playing all his matches on the outer courts. David certainly never complains and may even enjoy being under the radar, but he should not be underestimated.  He has a 3-2 record over Murray, with David’s wins on clay and his losses on hard courts however.  There is a similar court surface story in David’s 4-5 head-to-head with Nole. David can certainly play on hard courts though as his best results in Grand Slams have come on the hard courts of Flushing and now Melbourne.

Murray and Djokovic should no doubt be considered the favorites against Ferrer, but all I am saying is that a win over the short and speedy Spaniard is never easy. Not only is he a fighter, but you can also bet that Murray is feeling a bit more pressure in a match like this when it is his match to lose.  I can’t wait to wake up at 3:30AM to watch.  VAMOS DAVEEEEED!

In case you missed it earlier in the week, check out Ferru on The Open Drive…