Lol, Ferrer with a lot of net clearance, hahaha. That one is good. Ferrer hits close to the tape, that is why when he is sloppy an playing badly most of his shots doesn't even go over the net. People think just because he is a grinder, he is like Nadal. And Ferrer doesn't even play like Nadal, he is an aggressive counterpuncher.
I never said Ferrer plays like Nadal mate. He does use netclearance topspin, but you're right, not as much as other grinders. The thing he does is pepper and expose a "right handers backhand" with excessively going insideout with his forehand. So hitting a forehand from the backhand side of the court and going diagonally crosscourt. He does this robotically, time after time after time, well drilled and with a lot of margin for error as it's less harder to make a mistake with the forehand when you're going crosscourt with it right?
My point basically is, is he has a one pace, one style inside out forehand that is the catalyist for his every victory. It posseses not enough power to beat the top guys. He drags player's outwide with this insideout forehand, drawing the short ball and eventually topspins that shortball into the open court or downtheline with his opponent slightly out of position.
Whatever the case, Ferrer is a grinder but he likes dictating proceedings. He manipulates the ball over the court using his forehand, but he can't do this against the best guys and especially against the guys that "do not allow him to dictate". There is a very distinct and clear reason as to why Federer leads the head to head vs Ferrer 15-0 or something stupid like that and it is because Ferrer never is able to play dictator and get his forehand into the dictating proceedings.