Yes, Ferrer really is amazing. If I was still an aspiring tennis player like I was at 14 he'd be my idol tbh. Never used to like him but the way he has got better and better with age (considering his style of play) is incredible
The thing is, it's now impossible to analyse the change in Ferrer's physical attributes from the age of 20 to now because he most certainly had a different lifestyle, diet and training regime. One of the biggest problems in Sports Science is inconsistency, as such, where such in depth and prolonged analysis could potentially lead to new findings. It's of course unreasonable to assume we will be able to monitor an elite athlete's life for 10 years, or even 5, but it's something that would really, really intrigue me, especially in someone like Ferrer.
I've never really been a fan of Ferrer, but I have nothing but respect towards his professionalism. If only all players had this and young players took notice, we would have a more competitive tour albeit more mechanical. Either way, it should be inspiring for youngsters to note that despite being far from the most technically able player on tour, he has used his best assets to his advantage and in my opinion, probably reached his potential, with some luck along with way. (Court homogenisation)
Murray maybe struggled to enter top 5 or to stay in top 10 at first, but he never struggled to stay in top 30 or 50, let alone top 250
I don't know if this is directed to me or not, as it's irrelevant as I was purely speaking on behalf of Murray's physical change.