Far more often, people conflate having the qualities you mention, with NOT having genuine talent and skill at a craft. Ferrer is one of the most accurate players on tour, he can hit the same spot on the court with the inside out FH over and over again. When people with more aesthetic motions do the exact same thing, it's talent, when Ferrer does it, it's hard work and dedication. Ferrer can out-rally the majority of the tour because of his accuracy, it isn't spectacular, but many of those skills are entirely tennis related (hand-eye, racquet head control).
That's where i disagree. I believe this ability is formed with hard work and it doesn't take talent.
When we are talking about a repetitive action - it couldn't be talent the way i understand this notion.
For me talent in tennis is mostly being able to do unordinary shots or decision, with a high effectiveness rate.
This is what makes tennis exciting and this is why ppl tend to prefer talented players compared to hard working players.
To make a crazy drop shot, hit a sharp angled diagonal passing shot when the only possible at first sight way is to go down the line, to slide a speedy DTL BH slice instead of the usual and obvious lifted cross court, to have the touch to take advantage of a low volley position, make a lob from a BH smatch position, blow a 180kph FH DTL, try a return of serve drop shot, etc.
Thinking and acting out of the box, and doing it with precision - that's what tennis talent is in my eyes.
Ferrer won't ever try anything different than the ordinary and safe shot, nothing different than his gameplan and will always do the same things over and over again.
He'd do them with precision and enough power, just as trained thousands of hours. But that ain't talent, these are other character qualities and abilities, things that are different from my point of view.
Footwork is not a talent. It's an ability that you work on and master with trainings. Regularity/consistency is not a talent. Imho these are not talents.
And i don't know why ppl think i'm dissing Ferru by saying this
I respect the guy but he's not exciting for me. Smth like Angela Merkel f.e. I can't say she's sexy ffs
But she's a very smart woman and a very influential politician. That's all.