This is exactly why i like guys like Oli Rochus and Kei Nishikori, coz they would try. They would lose most times (just as Ferrer actually), but the matches would always be entertaining and they would gain respect from people like me, who appreciate this kind of tennis.
That's what i dislike about Ferrer, but mostly the grunting part. This pissed me off big time tonight. I usually try to avoid watching him (on TV, i would defo go to watch him live...
), but i did several times and his grunting never was that displaced and annoying.
Does he do this all the time or only when in losing position? I mean, this was really bad, i felt a bit like a long time Armstrong fan....
Nishikori is a bad example, he's pretty defensive most of the times.
I can't really answer your grunting question, I don't even notice players grunting anymore because I got so used to it, unless it's at a Granollers level.