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David Ferrer. Class act

3 Jul

David Ferrer shows his usual hustle to make a fantastic save against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

David Ferrer – at home on clay.

In a David versus Goliath match-up, Spanish ball machine – all 5′ 9″ of David Ferrer, takes on Argentina’s 6′ 6” Juan Martin Del Potro in a Wimbledon 1/4 final. In an event that has been dubbed “Wimble-geddon” due to seeded players crashing out, Del Potro (seeded 8) and Ferrer (seeded 4),whilst being anything but grass court specialists, have in fact justified their seedings.

Ferrer is in career best form – and there are not too many 13 year tour veterans, who at 31 year’s of age you can say that about. No matter what happens in this match Ferrer rises above Roger Federer to #3 on the world rankings next week. It is a fitting reward for a player who comes across as shy and reserved, but is in fact one of the true nice guys in the locker room. David Ferrer is dour. Dogged. Determined. Aussie coach Darren Cahill rates Ferrer as the current best service returner in the game. A big call, but Cahill has substance in the debate – he did coach both Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi – both acknowledged as the best returners in their time too.

David Ferrer has the strength of mind to get the job done. As a junior, Ferrer’s coach Javier Piles, unhappy with David’s work rate, locked him in a dark ball cupboard for several hours. Coach Piles is still on hand today and far more content with his player’s output. Ferrer too is content – “Tennis doesn’t owe me anything. Tennis is one of the fairest sports. It’s given me so many extraordinary feelings.” Look for a fast, fit Ferrer to frustrate Delpo. Ferrer in four sets for me.