Originally Posted by swirlingblacklilly
True about the injuries, it's gettin a guessgame for which bodypart each time he calls the trainer. He isn't his best, true, but certainly I've seen more than glimpses of brilliant game. To me it seems it ain't that far away and a tough matchup could force it out - confidence is needed though. Now is the time to show his balls, not playing the genius-tennis but winning on heart. Depends on Arazi if that chance comes in quarters or semis! His return of serve was looking very good I think, or am I wrong?
I agree with this, except for the last line. Based on the Pavel match, Ferrero's returns are absolutely shit. He keeps overhitting them. His serve, on the other hand, is holding up very well under pressure. Yesterday he only faced 3 break points in the match. In fact, he only lost 2 points on serve in total in the first set!
But the returns, along with some of the passers, are looking sloppy. Another worry, for sure, is Ferrero's fitness. All these injuries (although none of them are serious), and he was looking a bit fatigued at the end of his last match. I just want him to finish this tournament with some good tennis, win or lose, and take some time off until IW/Miami or even the clay court season. His body clearly needs some more rest, and I'd like to see him go into the clay season fully fit and ready to dominate.
I think Nalbandian/Federer will beat Ferrero in the semis, if he can get past the 'lil Rockin' Morrocan. That's just my feeling based on form, confidence, and physicality.