there's one cliche about Ferrer which is absolutely wrong : that he's just a consistent player who always
beats lower ranked players but always
loses to top ones.
Actually it's completely wrong :
1. Ferrer has his share of injuries and bad losses, people just don't notice them because they just don't care about Ferrer
Ferrer does play badly in some periods and in these periods he does lose to mugs, there are indeed two versions of Ferrer, a good and a bad one ;
2. Ferrer actually has a good record against top-players, I was surprised about that when I made a recording file about H2Hs : Ferrer is 4-5 against Murray, 5-8 against Djokovic, 4-2 against Del Potro, 6-4 against Roddick, 8-5 against Nalbandian, 6-1 against Ljubicic, 5-3 against Berdych, etc ... overall in my file I integrated the H2Hs of 36 "top-players" and Ferrer has a record of 54% wins, nearly like Roddick (56) and Söderling (52), but better than Nalbandian, Davydenko and Ljubicic (50, 48 and 48), better than Hewitt (50), better than Tsonga (47), than Safin (46), Berdych (44), Monfils (44), Wawrinka (42), Youzhny (42), Baghdatis (40), Verdasco (38) or Simon (37) to mention some ... I never thought before doing that recording file that Ferrer was a player who could be seen in the same category as Nalbandian and Davydenko, esp. for a stat rather related to the peak-level like that one ... and yet he stubbornly stood even better than both Nalby and Davydenko in those stats
Moreover, Ferrer played a very very high level against Nadal last sunday imo.
Imo Tsonga is a talented player but Ferrer is better.
PS : actually a player who last year was very consistent but never making better to the next step was a player who has a reputation of being able of everything, winning or losing ... Tomas Berdych