Originally Posted by mitalidas
doesn't prove anything. By your logic, Nadal, Berdych, Henman, Costa and Guga they're all good enough to be No. 1
Ferrero was soundly beaten by Roger when it mattered-- a "real" tournament, a few weeks later-- in fact, a GS
Yet, Ferrero was already injured and struggling at the Aussie Open, his camp even suggested that he would pull out if it weren't a Slam. I saw that match, and poor Juan Carlos look troubled by injury and didn't play nearly at his best.
I really like what Sjengster said about not appreciating Ferrero until he's gone. Ferrero is such a quiet player and flies well under the radar-it's easy to remember louder players like Safin and Roddick (no insult meant here, that's the only word I could find), but he really is consistent, one of the most consistent players on tour if he's at his best. Wasn't Ferrero the only player on tour without a first-round loss last year? That's the ultimate consistency, he managed to play well throughout the year, until injuries caught up to him at the end.
As for Guga proving that he was good enough to be number one....I think that was the truest statement in your whole argument.