David Ferrer Has 300 Career Clay Court Wins, And He Doesn’t Care Much [Chart]

by Tom Gainey | May 26th, 2015, 10:52 am

David Ferrer became just the 12th player in the Open Era to reach 300 career clay court wins today after defeating Lukas Lacko in the first round of the French Open.

The 33-year-old Ferrer, though, didn’t care much for the honor.

“Well, is not important,” Ferrer said. “It’s just a number. But of course, it’s a lot of matches playing in clay court, and nothing else proud for that point.”

The former French Open finalist will meet countryman Daniel Gimeno Traver on Thursday.

Most Clay Court Wins in Open Era (Through play Tuesday at the French Open)
1 Guillermo Vilas 660-163
2 Manuel Orantes 501-149
3 Thomas Muster 422-127
4 Jose Higueras 378-166
5 Eddie Dibbs 370-128
6 Ilie Nastase 338-100
7 Carlos Moya 337-143
8 Rafael Nadal 336-29
9 Ivan Lendl 329-75
10 Andres Gomez 322-138
11 Jose-Luis Clerc 301-88
12 David Ferrer 300-116

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5 Comments for David Ferrer Has 300 Career Clay Court Wins, And He Doesn’t Care Much [Chart]

Ben Pronin Says:

How is Federer almost 100 match wins behind Ferrer? He’s 207-65. And ironically he has 1 less title with 11 to Ferrer’s 12.

But still, Federer’s been on tour longer and has had a butt load of clay court success. I’m actually really surprised.

Nonetheless, Ferrer should be at least a little proud.

Also Nadal’s 29 clay court losses in his career… just wow.

Sienna Says:

well let see the answer to that question?
that enigma!!

it has something to do with entering CC tournements.

probably fed averages 3/4 claycourt tourney a year in months april/May.
Ferrer would probably average 6/7 a year. including SA swing. perhaps even more in early part of career.

Sienna Says:

worrying for Nadal is 5 of 29 losses came this year.

the win % will drop when decides to keep this up.
you have to make a choice do keep # up or try to get a few more wins because the win rate will drop.

RZ Says:

@Ben – probably because Federer hasn’t played as many clay court tournaments as Ferrer has. I haven’t checked this, but that’s my theory.

Ben Pronin Says:

I mean I get that, I’m just surprised. Playing a few extra tournaments with 4ish rounds as opposed to Federer who was reaching almost every clay final for something like 4, 5 years.

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