I hate this misconcepted notion that Ferrer is talentless and won all ofhis matches because of pure hard work. In fact, Ferrer is a reasonably talented player. He has great footwork, speed, can attack with the forehand, and he's decent at net. (Yes he is great at net, don't believe me check his net points stats for all his latest matches. 13/17 against Hewitt, 17/26 against Sijsling, and 11/13 against Anderson. And he hit at least 29 winners in each of his matches here, which is more than Sijsling and Hewitt.)
And Ferrer is not always grinding and fighting through all his matches. Some days I have seen him in a lazy mood, hitting tons of errors.
Basically Ferrer is NOT a consistensy machine. He is a human player, and we should respect him for that.
I just can't get why people call his game "uninspiring" or whatever. I love to watch players with amazing footwork. And yes, he's more than decent at the net, and he does try to hit winners whenever he can (contrary to what people always imply by saying he's a "pusher").
I also agree that he's not a "consistency machine." His longevity and the fact that he rarely fails to live up to his ranking give him this reputation of being very consistent. And when he's at his best, it's true that he gives this impression of just playing flawless tennis, while not being able to really step up the game if the player opposite is playing even better (perfect example is the French Open SF this year, he played very well but was just constantly outplayed by Nadal).
But truly, he isn't always very consistent. He wasn't in his match against Hewitt yesterday, there were times when he played quite poorly, and others when he played incredibly well. He certainly wasn't consistent during the Olympics.
Anyway, I do not usually select wilfully a "boring" player because I enjoy pretending he's exciting to watch. I do find his tennis very agreeable to watch. Now I don't expect everyone to feel the same, just as I don't expect everyone to think the players I don't like are boring. To each his own.