Originally Posted by william_renshaw
Ferrer fully deserves to be a Masters 1000 winner. Fifth best player in the world by a long way. Although this one might have an asterisk next to it...
An asterix saying "only top player who did not make fun of the audience and gave them value for their money"?
Because that's the truth. And what I would love the most is to see as many as possible of the tankers lose to Ferru next week. I'm not sure it will be possible because he'll be tired, but it would certainly amuse me immensely.
I know Lenders' point doesnt really come across, but I think he just means that Ferrer's mindset is too defensive, and he finds this boring.
I agree with him here. I don't value a player by how many wins he has had, I want to see offensive tennis, players who want to win matches, as opposed to player who want the other guy to selfdestruct.
You description of Ferrer's game is just wrong. He was certainly the only top player here who seemed to "want to win matches", if you ask me.
Ferrer's mindset is not defensive at all.
Really, Ferrer has improved his game immensely in the past few years, and if people can't see it and persist in calling him a pusher or defensive player... I don't know what to say except, buy some glasses, actually watch the matches, or something.
(Maybe there's a reason why Ferrer chose an eye specialist as his girlfriend
Ferrer does play offensively, he just doesn't have the power to blow opponents off the court.
Yes and for many people who call themselves tennis fans, this seems to be too difficult to understand. His game is everything but boring.
It's not his fault that he's much smaller than the other guys and cannot strike powerful blows. I don't see how being tall is "talent", it's just luck.
Being able to play like he plays and beat giants and servebots who have a huge advantage over him, for me, is real talent.
And he does that not only by being a "workhorse", but because he's clever, he adapts his game to his opponent's game perfectly, he tries different things until it works.
When I see this little guy scoring aces with his slow serve, I do find it far more amazing than when a guy like Isner does it with the huge advantage of being a giant.