David Ferrer Ern born April 2, 1982 in Xàbia is a Spanish professional tennis player who lives in Valencia, Spain who is currently #7 in the ATP Rankings and the second-highest ranked Spaniard behind World No. 1 Rafael Nadal. He turned professional in 2000. Ferrer is known as a clay court specialist although he has had success on hard courts as well, especially his semi-final appearances at the 2007 US Open and 2011 Australian Open. He was part of the Spain Davis Cup team that won the finals in 2008 and 2009. He was also runner-up at the Tennis Masters Cup in 2007 He first achieved a top-10 ranking in 2006 and reached a career high ranking of No. 4.
* 1 Career
o 1.1 Early years
o 1.2 2002
o 1.3 2003
o 1.4 2004
o 1.5 2005
o 1.6 2006
o 1.7 2007
o 1.8 2008
o 1.9 2009
o 1.10 2010
o 1.11 2011
o 1.12 Playing style
* 2 Major finals
o 2.1 Year-End Championships finals
+ 2.1.1 Singles:
o 2.2 Masters Series finals
+ 2.2.1 Singles:
* 3 Career finals
o 3.1 ATP Singles Finals
o 3.2 ATP Doubles Finals
* 4 Performance timeline
* 5 References
* 6 External links
Ferrer moved to Gandia at age 13, followed two years later by a move to Barcelona to attend the Catalan Tennis Federation. He spent nine months at Equelite, Juan Carlos Ferrero's Academy in Villena before moving back to Jávea while practicing in Denia. He turned professional in 2000, finishing as World No. 419, winning in Poland F1 and Spain F3 finishing runner-up in Spain F1. 2001 was not a particularly good year for him. He won his first career Challenger title in Sopot and reached the SF at Manerbio the following week. He also reached the semifinals in Spain F15 and Spain F16.
He played consistently in ATP 10-6 and Challenger 35-13tournaments, winning his first ATP title in Bucharest defeated Acasusoand reaching his first ATP final in just his second ATP event in Umag defeated Nalbandian, Coria, lost to Moyà He won Challenger titles in Napoli, Valencia and Sassuolo. All 10 ATP match wins and 34 of 35 Challenger wins came on clay.
The highlight of 2003 was Ferrer's defeat of Andre Agassi in R64 at the Rome Masters. He made his debut at all four Grand Slam tournaments, as well as six ATP Masters Series events. At AMS Roma, he upset the defending champion Agassi in the first round lost to Ljubičić in second round. Ferrer advanced to the second round at the French Open and Wimbledon. He reached his third career final in Sopot lost to Coria doubles, he reached his first career final in Acapulco with his partner Fernando Vicente He compiled a 13-16 record on clay courts, 6-10 on hard, 1–1 on grass and had a year-ending ranking of World No. 71.
Ferrer reached the quarterfinals in Buenos Aires, Valencia and at the ATP Masters Series Hamburg defeated No. 6 David Nalbandian, lost to Coria He advanced to the semifinals in Stuttgart l. to GaudioLate in the year he advanced to the quarterfinals in Bucharest and the semis in Palermo l. to Berdych and Lyon (defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero, lost to Xavier Malisse He ended the year with a ranking of World No. 49.
Ferrer advanced to the semifinals of AMS Miami by defeating Nalbandian, Ferrero, and Hrbatý lost to Rafael Nadal In his hometown of Valencia, he reached his lone final of the year ost to Andreev in three sets He advanced to the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo Masters lost to Guillermo Coria and semifinals at AMS Roma defeated Gastón Gaudio, lost to Nadal He made his third appearance at the French Open and turned in a Grand Slam-best quarterfinal, rallying from a 0–4 fifth set deficit against defending champ Gaudio in the fourth round before losing to eventual champ Nadal. He reached the semifinals at New Haven lost to López He followed up with his best result at the US Open, losing in the third round to Hrbatý. He closed the year with quarterfinal showings at AMS Madrid defeated Puerta, lost to Robby Ginepri and AMS Paris to Andy Roddic He lost only once in the first round of nine Masters Series events, while compiling a 20-9 record. In doubles, Ferrer won first two ATP titles in Viña del Mar and Acapulco partner Venturaand earned a career-high of US$951,772. He finished the year with a ranking of World No. 14.
Ferrer opened the year with a quarterfinal showing in Aucklandlost to Olivier Rochu. He broke into the top 10 ATP rankings for the first time following a personal-best fourth round effort at the Australian Open (defeated Mario Ančić, lost to Fabrice Santoro on 30 January. He was in the top 10 for five weeks during the year. Then, playing in the first round Davis Cup tie versus Belarus, he went 2–3 indoors, losing to Voltchkov in the second rubber reverse dead rubber In March, he reached the semifinals in Miami for a second straight year defeated No. 4 Roddick, lost to Roger Federer. In his second clay court tournament of the year at ATP Masters Series Monte-Carlo, he lost to Federer. He also advanced to the quarterfinals at the Masters Series Hamburg, falling to eventual champion Tommy Robredo. In Düsseldorf, he posted wins over two top 10 players, World No. 4 Ljubicic and World No. 9 Fernando González. He reached the third round at the French Open and a career-best fourth round at Wimbledon defeated González in the third round, lost to Lleyton Hewitt) In July, he won a second career ATP title in a five-hour final in Stuttgart He came back from two sets to one and a 1–5 deficit against Acasuso, saving one match point down 4–5 in the fourth set. In August, he reached the quarterfinals in Cincinnati, Ohio (defeated No. 10 Marcos Baghdatis, lost to González), followed by a third round showing at New Haven to Calleri. At the US Open he reached the third round for the second consecutive year lost to Youzhny Ferrer closed the year with reaching the quarterfinals in Basel lost to Federer. For the year, he went 3–5 versus top 10 opponents and compiled records of 18-8 on clay and 17-13 on hard court. He finished the year ranked World No. 14 and in the top 15 for the second consecutive year.
David Ferrer serving during the 2007 Spanish National Masters Cup.
Ferrer began the year winning Auckland, defeating Tommy Robredo in the final. At the Australian Open he defeated Kristian Pless, Thomas Johansson, and Radek Štěpánek lost in the fourth round to Mardy Fish in five sets. One month later, he reached the quarterfinals at Rotterdam. He had quarterfinal finishes at Indian Wells and Monte-Carlo and reached the fourth round in Miami, the semi-finals in Barcelona, and the quarterfinals in Hamburg.
At the French Open, he was stopped by Fernando Verdasco in the third round. During Wimbledon, he was eliminated by Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round.
In July, he captured his second title of the year and fourth of his career, beating Nicolás Almagro in the final of the Swedish Open in Båstad, Sweden. He then advanced to the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, Ohio, defeating Andy Roddick in the third round. At the US Open, he was seeded fifteenth and knocked out 24th-seeded David Nalbandian in the third round and then upset second-seeded and compatriot Rafael Nadal in the fourth round He beat 20th-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela in the quarterfinals and reached his first Grand Slam semi-final, where he was defeated by third-seeded Novak Djokovic. His performance at the US Open brought his ranking up to World No. 8. After, Ferrer captured his third title of the year in Tokyo, defeating Richard Gasquet in the final. At the Paris Masters, he made it to the quarterfinals, where he lost to David Nalbandian
Ferrer qualified as the sixth seed for the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup. To begin, Ferrer upset third-seeded his first round-robin match, and then defeated second-seeded Nadal 4–6, He sealed his qualification to the knock-out stage by defeating eighth-seeded Richard Gasquet He was the only man to have a perfect record in the round-robin stage and had the best win/loss set record next defeated fifth-seeded Roddick in the semifinals In the finals, Ferrer lost to top-seeded Roger Federer then ended the year with a career high ranking of World No. 5.
Ferrer opened 2008 with a quarterfinal loss to unseeded Julien Benneteau of France in Auckland where Ferrer was seeded first. He reached the second week of the Australian Open, however, as the fifth seed, without dropping a set in the first three rounds. He then went on to defeat 22nd-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain in four sets in the fourth round, before falling to third-seeded and eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. On 25 February, Ferrer became World No. 4 despite losing in the second round at Rotterdam.
On 20 April, he captured his first ATP title of the year, and the sixth in his career, when he defeated Nicolás Almagro match points against Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals, and in the final, won the definitive set when he lost 5–2 in the third set, with two break points for Almagro.
Ferrer arrived at the quarterfinals in the Monte Carlo Masters, losing against the future tournament champion Rafael Nadal 6-1, 7-5 despite Ferrer having five set points in the second set. At the Torneo Godó held in Barcelona the following week, Ferrer reached the final after defeating Nicolás Lapentti, sixth-seeded Tommy Robredo, and fourteenth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka. He lost to Nadal in the final.
Ferrer made it to the quarter-finals of the French Open, matching his previous best appearance in 2005. In his first two rounds, he defeated Steve Darcis and Fabrice Santoro He then prevailed in two five-set matches over Lleyton Hewitt and Radek Štěpánek in the third and fourth rounds, respectively. He eventually fell to local favorite Gaël Monfils, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–1.
Ferrer then began his grass court season with another title at 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. He defeated Croatian Mario Ančić and Argentine Juan Martín del Potro en route to the final, where he won 6–4, 6–2 over Frenchman Marc Gicquel. This was his seventh career title and the first on grass. With this win, he became the second win a grass court tournament after a 36-year drought.
At Wimbledon, Ferrer was seeded fifth. In the first round, he defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky, who forfeited the match while down in sets 2–0 and up 3–1 in the third set. In the second round, Ferrer defeated Russian Igor Andreev . He was then eliminated by Ančić in the third round 6–4,
At the US Open, Ferrer reached the third round as the fourth seed where he lost Kei Nishikori, ranked 126, in one of the biggest upsets of the tournament. Ferrer saved five match points before losing the match.
Seeded first at the China Open in Beijing, Ferrer was defeated by Israeli Dudi Sela in the second
Following a first-round bye, sixth-seeded Ferrer lost in the second round of the Madrid Masters to fellow Spaniard Feliciano López
In 2009, Ferrer was runner-up at Dubai and Barcelona losing to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal respectively. Due to injury, he withdrew from the Davis Cup quarter-finals, and was replaced by Juan Carlos Ferrero. He lost in the third round at the Australian Open and French Open, as well as at Wimbledon and in second round of the US Open.
Ferrer serves at the 2009 French Open. 2010
Ferrer lost in the second round of the 2010 Australian Open to Marcos Baghdatis after winning the first two sets, in a match lasting just over four hours.'s next tournament was the SA Tennis Open. In the first round, he defeated Karol Beck. Next, in the second round, he beat Filip Prpic, and then winning his quarterfinal against Somdev Devvarman. But in the semifinals, he lost to Stéphane Robert. Ferrer's next tournament will be the Copa Telmex, where he is the top seed. He beat Simon Greul in the first round and then defeated Frederico Gil in the second round 6-3, 6-0. Ferrer then defeated Igor Andreev in the quarterfinals , and then went on to defeat Albert Montañés , in the final, he fell to Juan Carlos Ferrero 7- was winning his second successive title.
Ferrer's next tournament was the 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, where he was the third seed. In the first round, he defeated Potito defeated Thomaz Bellucci in the second defeated Pablo Cuevas the semifinals, he defeated Fernando González 6- In the final, he avenged his previous defeat to Juan Carlos Ferrero, beating him for his eighth career title. This was Ferrero's third straight final and also ended Ferrero's 14 match winning streak. His ranking also increased to No. 16.
n the first round of the 2010 Davis Cup, Ferrer defeated Marco Chiudinelli and defeated Stanislas Wawrinka advance Spain to the quarterfinals of the 2010 Davis Cup, where they will face France on July 9–11. Ferrer's next tournament was the 2010 BNP Paribas Open. He was the 13th seeded player, which gave him a bye into the second round. In the second round, he was defeated by James Blake
Ferrer's next tournament was the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, where he was seeded 15th. In his second round match, he defeated Michaël Llodra 6-2, 6-4 and then defeated Ivo Karlović 7-6(5), 6-3. However, in the fourth round, he was defeated by Rafael Nadal 6-7(5), 4-6.
Ferrer's next part of the season saw him enter the European clay court swing. His first tournament was the 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, where he was seeded 11th. In the first round, he defeated qualifier Peter Luczak 6-2, 6-4. and defeated Andrey Golubev the second round and then defeated Ivan Ljubičić the quarterfinals, he defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber advance to the semifinals, where he was again defeated by Nadal
Next, Ferrer participated in the 2010 Torneo Godo, where he was seeded 8th. He had a first round bye, and defeated Marcel Granollers in the second round in the third round crushed Simone Bolelli before Bolelli retired with a wrist injury, and then defeated Thomaz Bellucci in the quarterfinals the semifinals, he played Fernando Verdasco. Ferrer was leading Verdasco -2, before ultimately losing . Ferrer's next tournament was the 2010 Rome Masters, where he was seeded 13th. In the first round, Ferrer defeated Evgeny Korolev and then in the second round, he defeated Potito Starace In the third round, he defeated world No. 5 Andy Murray then in the quarterfinals, he defeated world No. 10 Jo Wilfried . He faced world No. 9 Fernando Verdasco for a spot in his first Masters 1000 event final, where he won ultimately succumbed to Rafael Nadal in the final to his fantastic run in Rome, his ranking increased to world No. 12.
Ferrer's next tournament was the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, where he was seeded ninth. In the first round, he defeated Jérémy Chardy defeated Marcos fending off a match point. He then defeated Marin Čilić to advance to the quarterfinals. There he, for the second successive time, beat world No. 4 Andy Murray . In the semifinals Ferrer lost to world No.1 Roger Federer in three sets.
Ferrer's next tournament was the 2010 French Open, where he entered as a favorite. he began his campaign with1 over French wildcard David Guez, and then defeated Xavier Malisse the third round. he fell to surprise semifinalist Jurgen
Ferrer's next tournament was the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, where he is the 9th seed. In the first round, he defeated Nicolas Kiefer and then defeated Florent Serra in the second round the third round, he defeated Jeremy Chardy Chardy serving for the match at 5-4 in the fifth. In the fourth round, he was defeated by Robin Soderling 2-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 5-7, despite being two points away from the match on two occasions.
Ferrer's next played for Spain in the 2010 Davis Cup. He lost his first rubber 6-7(3), 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6 to Gael Monfils of France. Spain ultimately lost to France 0-5. Ferrer then traveled to Sweden to play in the 2010 Swedish Open, where he was seeded third. Due to his seed, he received a bye in the first round and defeated Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-5 in the second round and defeated Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals. Ferrer also extended his ATP best wins on clay in 2010 to 31 wins. However, he lost to Robin Soderling 6-4, 3-6, 2-6 in the semi-finals. He was then supposed to play in the 2010 International German Open as the second seed, but had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.
Ferrer's next tournament was the 2010 Rogers Cup, where he was seeded No. 10 but lost in the first round to David Nalbandian 5-7, 6-3, 3-6. Despite his lost, his ranking increased to world No. 11. Ferrer then traveled to Cincinnati to play in the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, where he was once again seeded No. 10. In the first round, he defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and then defeated Sam Querrey in the second round 7-5, 6-2. But in the third round, he lost to Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 3-6, 5-7 despite being up a break of serve twice in the third set.
Ferrer's next event was the 2010 US Open, where he was be seeded No. 10. In the first round, he defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 and then defeated Benjamin Becker in the second round 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. He then defeated Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6(2), 6-2, 6-2 for a spot in the Round of 16. However, in the Round of 16, he lost to Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 7-6(8), 3-6, 3-6, 6-7(4), despite being up 4-2 in the fifth set, and 4-1 in the tiebreaker. Due to Ferrer's appearance in the Round of 16, Ferrer was ensured to return to the Top 10, to No. 10 in the world.
Ferrer then traveled to Malaysia to play in the 2010 Proton Malaysian Open, where he was seed No. 5. In the first round, he defeated Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-4 and then defeated Yuki Bhambri -2 for a spot in the quarterfinals. He then defeated world no. 7 Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals in the semifinals, he was upset by Andrey Golubev , then traveled to Beijing to play in the 2010 China Open as the no. 8 seed. In the first round, he defeated Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-1 and then defeated Yen-Hsun Lu in the second round . In the quarterfinals, he defeated Robin Soderling a spot in the semifinals. In the semifinals, he defeated Ivan Ljubicic for a spot in the finals. However, in the final, he lost to Novak Djokovic in a rain delayed final With this run to the final, Ferrer once again returned to the Top 10, at world No. 10, and also put him in the 8th position for qualifying for the year end championships.
Ferrer then traveled to Shanghai to play in the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters, where we was seeded No. 11. In the first round, he defeated Michael and then defeated Thomaz Bellucci the second round. However, he was defeated by Robin Soderling 7-5, 6-4 in the third round. Due to his Round of 16 showing, he moved to No. 8 in the world. Also, he moved to No. 7 in the race to the year end championships.
Ferrer's then traveled to Valencia to paly in the 2010 Valencia Open 500 as the hometown favorite. At the 2010 Valencia Open 500, he was seeded No. 4 and defeated Guillermo García-López 6 the quarterfinals. He then defeated Potito Starace to advance to the semi-finals. He then defeated Robin Soderling
Ferrer's final regular season tournament was the 2010 BNP Paribas Masters, where was seeded No. 7. Due to his seeding, he received a bye into the second round and defeated Fabio Fognin, Ferrer still qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals due to the fact that Fernando Verdasco lost his third round match, sealing Ferrer seventh spot and his second appearance since 2007.Ferrer then traveled to London to play in the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals, where he was seeded No. 7. He was placed in the Group B with No. 2 Roger Federer, No. 4 Robin Soderling, and No. 5 Andy Murray. In his first match, he lost to Roger Federer and in his second match he lost to Robin Soderling Ferrer then lost to Andy finish the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals with and 0-3 record.
Ferrer finished the year with a 60-24 record, and once again in the Top 10, finishing at World No.
Ferrer began his 2011 ATP World Tour season at the 2011 Heineken Open, where he was the No. 1 seed. Due to his seeding, he received a bye into the second round and defeated Tobias Kamke -4 and then defeated Philipp advance to the semifinals and then defeated Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 7-5 for a berth in the finals where he played David Nalbandian. In the finals, Ferrer defeated Nalbandian 6-3, 6-2 for his first title of the year and the tenth in his career.
Ferrer then traveled to Melbourne to play in the 2011 Australian Open, where he was seeded No. 7. In the first round, he defeated Jarkko Nieminen next defeated Michael 7-5 in the second Nadal for a spot in the semi-finals, winning in three sets: notably ended Nadal's quest to win four straight majors. He faces fifth seed Andy Murray for a spot in the final against Djokovic.
While he does not particularly have any major weapons when compared to other top players, Ferrer is noted for being one of the more dogged, agile and fit players on the tour. Known as 'The Wall', Ferrer has won many matches through consistent baseline play along with great fitness, footspeed and determination. Although he does not possess powerful groundstrokes like many of his contemporaries, his ability to keep the ball deep and in play has allowed him to be successful on all surfaces especially on clay and hardcourts. Ferrer's signature shot, however, is his inside-out forehand which he often uses to finish off points. While not comfortable at the net, Ferrer's footspeed allows him to quickly cut off his opponents' shots at the net when they are off balance. Darren Cahill and Roger Federer have said that Ferrer along with Novak Djokovic are the two best returners in the men's game.
Year-End Championships finalsSingles: David Ferrer