David Ferrer Explains Why He’s So Tough To Beat
by Tom Gainey | November 7th, 2012, 1:55 pm

David Ferrer is one of the most respected players in the game right now. And with good reason. The 30-year-old doesn’t have the size nor the shots of his colleagues, but he clearly has the fight and the attitude. Yesterday, Ferrer cut down the Goliath Juan Martin Del Potro in three sets at the ATP Finals. What made the victory more impressive was that Ferrer had just been in Paris two days earlier claiming his first career Masters 1000 title.

The short time to get use to the London conditions was no obstacle for Ferrer, however, who looked on the bright side even in the face of adversity.

“I am positive. Always am. It’s good, I had one day to rest,” Ferrer said Tuesday. “Yesterday I didn’t play. You know, I am playing with very confidence with my game in the end of the season. I won in Valencia, Paris Bercy. Now I played a very good tennis. I feel good. Of course, I am a little bit tired because I am playing lot of matches, I am running a lot. But, you know, when the player is going up, is win lot of victories, he has more confidence.”

Ferrer will need all the positive vibes to figure out a way to finally get a win tomorrow over nemesis Roger Federer who he has never beaten in 13 tries.

“I will try to do my best,” Ferrer said. “I will play with the best of the history. I think I will have to play very aggressive all the time for to do one chance to beat him.”

And being aggressive is a newfound tactic for Ferrer in his 2012 success.

“Well, maybe this year I am playing more aggressive with my shots,” Ferrer said. “I am going more to the net to finally the points. I think I am changing my backhand. I am playing more baseline with my backhand.”

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9 Comments for David Ferrer Explains Why He’s So Tough To Beat

Brando Says:

There is so much to admire about this particular player: as an individual, his attitude towards the game, and the brilliance of game. A real treasure of the sport for sure! Good luck daveed!

RZ Says:

Brando, well said!

Sandy Aptecker Says:

David, you ae a thrilling player. I love to watch you. Your joy in the game is contagious. Best of luck and best wishes. I hope you beat Federer. He deserves to lose to you. Sandy A.

jamie Says:

This one is clearly juicing.

grendel Says:


the meaning of “clearly”: something which is free from doubt, which is indisputable, which carries no possibility of ambiguity – which, in short, would be plain to a child with learning difficulties.

Are you still sure you wish to stick with this epithet?

jamie Says:

Nadal had more stamina when he was younger. We are talking in tennis, not other sports.

grendel Says:

“Nadal had more stamina when he was younger”
Evidence? The wearing of the body – which obviously happens – has nothing to do with stamina or its progressive diminution.

alison Says:

Over the past week i have become quite a fan of Daveed Ferrer,such a warrior,and a quiet anasuming guy who just goes about the buisness of playing tennis win or lose,no whinging,whining,moaning or ego,just enjoying the thrill of playing,hes not Roger,Rafa,Novak or Andy,hes just Daveed Ferrer,a unique and special person and player in his own right,he has nothing to be ashamed of and everything to be proud of,hes had a pretty great career that aint over yet,shame he lacks a killer weapon,as im sure most people would be delighted if he were to win a GS,alas some things are not to be (sigh).

courtside Says:

I used to think that myself about him. Aren’t they investigating his doctor, Del Moral?

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