Re: What happened to Ferrero 2000-2003?
whatever the reason, his groundstrokes, esp the forehand, lost a lot of steam during 2004 season, never got that back. injuries, chicken pox, ill advised racquet switches, lack of confidence, facing more big hitters.... many reasons possible.
watch peak jcf, the racquet looks light as a feather in his hand as he hits whipping forehands heavy and with tons of pace. nowadays, the racquet looks heavy in his hands, and lots of his forehands are paceless short balls; lots of times these are not forced by huge opposition shots, just his fh is worse. from time to time, he clubs a few like old times, but never consistently anymore.
if jcf was healthy all year, he would be a consistent top 25 player like robredo, but too many injuries now.