Originally Posted by Fumus
I alway thought of him as one of those "b" squad Spanish clay-court players. Now I realize maybe it was the fact that he was running into an in form Nadal all last year, that I just over looked him/discounted him. Ferrer actually had a really solid season last year. Then, Ferrer beats Ancic in straights this tournement and has a chance to make the quarter finals.
So just how good is Ferrer? Can he be considered a threat to any of the top seeds on this slow rebound ace?
David has improved a lot over the past year. Up until then I would have agreed with your "b" squad Spanish clay-courter comment, even though I'm a big fan of his. He was always capable of producing an upset, but mainly did well on clay, and wasn't consistent or strong enough to win tournaments. But he has been working really hard on other aspects of his game recently(especially the serve) in an effort to improve his all-round game, and next month will even play on the European hard courts instead of doing the South American clay court season, because he wants to improve and be taken more seriously as a contender everywhere. He reminds me a lot of Coria with his on court speed, but he's much stronger mentally and has a much better serve (would that be difficult
) Personally, I doubt he can be a threat to the likes of Roddick and Federer - they will be too strong for him. From what I heard from a friend who was at his match with Ancic - although David played well, Ancic helped him with a lot of unforced errors and an inability to adapt to the very windy conditions on that day. Ferrer has a way of getting under his opponents' skin by chasing everything down and never giving up - I think that really p***** Ancic off, but I don't see people with Roddick's experience letting it get him down. Hope that helped a bit.