Okay, I'll bite. What was Ferrer going through?
No need to
me! He was obviously not well at all after a difficult break-up with his girlfriend of 10 years (hence the outburst and the rant about being unable to hit the ball/having his head full of shit/women being good for nothing in the middle of that match-have you ever seen him like this before, or after?)
Now I don't know the details since he's not the type who talks too much about his private life, but what is obvious is that it was the beginning of a very hard period for him since he consequently dropped out of the top ten and had a whole year without winning a single title in 2009.
And when did I ever say that medical issues would dismiss Ferrer's victory? I said they are a legitimate concern for Kei going forward as he took an MTO in yesterday's match while in the lead (meaning he obviously didn't need to play dirty).
Well, maybe not you in particular. But you can see all over this thread (and most other Ferrer-related threads) claims that he always wins due to his adversaries being diminished in some way (sure, some are just trolling for fun, but it's still a recurring notion).
So I don't see why it shouldn't be taken into account when HE was clearly diminished too for some reason, that's all.
Of course you don't.
Well, no I don't. Is that your answer? I followed him throughout the year and I can tell you that at that particular time, he was really not playing very well.
I may be a Ferrer fan and ready to defend him but I wouldn't claim that he wasn't playing very well during the Olympics, if I thought he HAD been playing well. I don't dismiss the Nishikori threat like some other Ferrer supporters are doing, but no, I don't think getting bagelled by Nishikori is Ferrer's best level...
To me it's obvious that Ferrer played great in 2012 until he lost in Wimbledon (and at that point he was still playing great, he was only outplayed by Murray because Murray is superior on grass), but then, he slumped a little. He was not solid at all during the Olympics, then he dropped out of Toronto, and lost to Wawrinka in the first round of Cincinnati. Not signs of being "in-form".
Then he got a little better and managed to get far in the US Open thanks to Nadal's absence and because he played with a lot of grit, but he wasn't that solid either, and right after that it was obvious that he was really exhausted by playing too much when he lost to Benneteau and then retired against Lu, and decided to skip the rest of the Asian swing. After that he was really back at a very good level for the rest of the season.
Right now to be honest I don't really know what to expect. He's not that consistent at the moment, but he still can produce some great tennis and after all it was enough to straight-set Baghdatis so he didn't need to do more. The question mark is, can he raise his game to the level of tougher opponents like Nishikori? Was the loss against Davydenko in Doha an anomaly due to Davy suddenly playing like a Playstation again, or was it a sign that he is not at his best? We'll see.