Tennis is played against the field, not just against the top 4. (Who am I quoting?
And Ferrer has been the best overall out of the 5-8 players. QF, SF, QF, SF. Enough said. Ferrer is the 5th best player in the world.
No the point isn't #5 and somehow protecting #5. The point is going higher. For Ferrer #5 is definitely the peak unless someone ahead of him simply is gone a long time or retires.
Ferrer would never have reached #5 in the first place unless Soderling got his problems during 2011. Del Potro has been ahead of Murray by his own power. Söderling also by his own power reaching a slam final, winning a M1000 and then bumping down Murray for months.
Ferrer has never won a M1000. He has never reached a slam final.
When there is a WWW thread between Federer and Ferrer there's like 95% saying Federer. When it's Federer vs Berdych even the fedfans themselves sometimes vote Berdych. That says something when Federer is considered GOAT and Berdych has beaten him twice in slams. Ferrer has never beaten Federer even in a 500 or M1000, much less a slam.
So I mean who are we kidding here? He is also younger so we might not even seen the best of Berdych yet. He's still improving imo.