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How good is David Ferrer?

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?

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Re: How good is David Ferrer?

Depressingly good. He could definitely make the semis, considering his record against Nalbandian (whose one win against him in five matches came in the first round here last year, but he still had to come back from two sets to one down to achieve it).

To me the Ancic result wasn't a surprise at all, the Frog is higher ranked and loves a target so it was a perfect match-up for him. I imagine he will have both the hustling abilities and the mental discipline to cope with Santoro where Gaudio didn't.

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Re: How good is David Ferrer?

he will defeat santoro and he will give robredo/nalbandian a hard time

he is a great fighter, pretty fast and a great defender with a good return
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Re: How good is David Ferrer?

On a slow court he can drive you mad, he runs down everything. Meaning you have to be prepared to hit an extra ball or two each point, which is never easy. But a five set match might be hard for him as he uses a lot of energy, but not against Santoro, he's even more tired.
Players like Nalbandian hate these type of players, so don't be surprised if he reaches the semi-finals. But then again he could lose heavely in that semifinal.

If you hit winners, you can beat him, but he's just as solid as Chela

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Re: How good is David Ferrer?

Ferrer is a grinder and a great returner. His game is similar to his idol's, Andre Agassi, who happens to have a fair amount of success on Rebound Ace. So really the only thing shocking is how under the radar he is.

Ferrer is 4-1 vs Nalby and 1-0 vs Santoro so I'm thinking he's got a shot at SFs where he will probably face Roddick and hopefully won't squander MPs like in Paris last year.

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lol their games are pretty different !!!!!
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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.

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Ferrer is a grinder and a great returner. His game is similar to his idol's, Andre Agassi, who happens to have a fair amount of success on Rebound Ace. So really the only thing shocking is how under the radar he is.

Ferrer is 4-1 vs Nalby and 1-0 vs Santoro so I'm thinking he's got a shot at SFs where he will probably face Roddick and hopefully won't squander MPs like in Paris last year.
Or hopefully he won't have any...haha..

No it really just suprised me, I have always sorta liked Ferrer. He seems like alittle fiesty grinder type. I would like to seem him make the semis for sure.

The real question is can we expect to see this guy win some masters or slams in the near future? (RG?)

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lol their games are pretty different !!!!!
Not really. Agassi grinds out his opponents too and is one of the best returners in the game. Only significant difference is Agassi has been playing forever and has developed his serve as a weapon over that length of time.

David has a win over Agassi.

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Re: How good is David Ferrer?

I actually think he will be the one that makes it into the semifinals and that doesn't mean either Ljubicic or Andy will have an easy semifinals. Also in a lot of tournaments last year, he ran into Nadal who stopped him. But in Paris masters, I think he had match point on Andy.



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Not really. Agassi grinds out his opponents too and is one of the best returners in the game. Only significant difference is Agassi has been playing forever and has developed his serve as a weapon over that length of time.

David has a win over Agassi.
Actually Andre has been referred to as the "punisher", he makes guys like Ferrer run.

So yea, they philosophically different. They are both baseliners and have strong two handed backhands, and great returns. In that way they are similar, the way they go about winning points is different however. I mean you aren't wrong in saying they have similar games because they both work their opponents down useing the baseline. Their games are more similar than say Andre's and Pete's, or Andre's and Roger's, or Andre's and Andy's.

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Good enough to be a real contender to win RG and a threat to the heavy weights in hardcourts if they aren't playing 100%.

I really don't see reasons to put him in the b squad.
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I actually think he will be the one that makes it into the semifinals and that doesn't mean either Ljubicic or Andy will have an easy semifinals. Also in a lot of tournaments last year, he ran into Nadal who stopped him. But in Paris masters, I think he had match point on Andy.
Yea for me I really took notice of Ferrer after that match because he played so well, for almost two sets then he started to slip. I didn't know he could play so well being aggressive on a surface that wasn't clay(and was extremely fast) and that match sorta opened my eyes a bit and made me say "hey, just how good is this guy?"

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i do not think we can expect that

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Or hopefully he won't have any...haha..

No it really just suprised me, I have always sorta liked Ferrer. He seems like alittle fiesty grinder type. I would like to seem him make the semis for sure.

The real question is can we expect to see this guy win some masters or slams in the near future? (RG?)
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Ferrer is a grinder and a great returner. His game is similar to his idol's, Andre Agassi,
HAHAHAHAHA , You gotta be kidding me
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