What broke through? Delpo was top10 player in two of these three matches.
You're right, it was only two, USO 2007 and TMC 2008. JMDP broke through (became a genuine top player) in the beginning of 2009. Then Nole won in Rome on clay and their next 5 matches came after Delpo's return to the tour. Three of these five matches came with one of them having injury problems (Delpo no BH because of wrist in Cincy and USO, Nole injured in DC). Having watched all these matches and knowing the circumstances, I definitely don't think 6-2 is explained by matchup issues.
I definitely don't think this is a bad matchup for Delpo; if healthy, he can definitely hang with Djokovic and beat him in big matches.
Berdych. The effortless stand and dictate power game he plays has Andy on the run often and he doesn't get the same opportunities to move him around like he does other big hitting players- plus Tomas handles his variety better than them.
True. Tomas should always beat Murray in normal conditions (ie non super windy) if he's playing well. I suspect Tomas's inconsistency might lead to Murray turning the H2H around perhaps, but still a matchup Murray will never relish.
This bad match up is generally exclusive to clay courts/slow courts, cause Murray can't hit through him on clay- he gets too much balls back in awkward positions and Ferrer's own forehand is a lot more effective on that surface. It sounds crazy to say but I think there's more chance of Andy beating one of his 3 rivals on the dirt than ever beating Pics.
It doesn't just sound crazy, it is crazy. If for nothing else because Ferrer is 30yo with almost 900 tour matches, there's only so long he can keep his grinding style going at the top level.
Or he constructs points to come in, which is part of why I'm so puzzled by this particular match-up. Against every other grinder, Gasquet closes gaps between him and his opponent by moving forward and playing the net. I have no real reason to believe that Ferrer is somehow above that, and yet, again, he makes Gasquet look lost at net.
Not sure I buy this since Gasquet's forehand prep is equally long if not more so. It's also much more prone to error. The only thing I can gather is that Ferrer actually enjoys that extra bit of height on the Gasquet backhand. As I said, he has really teed off on it in recent years.
This is probably the crux of it, as Gasquet spends most matches too far behind the baseline, but I wouldn't think that he'd let that happen in a match like this, where he knows his best bet is to move in and take chances.
Are you sure you're talking about Gasquet here? Against whom does he 'close gaps beween him and the opponent by moving forward and coming to the net'?
True about Gasquet's FH. Ferrer can basically choose how he wants to win against Gasquet, the latter has nothing to hurt him with. Ferrer is just a far better player in almost all departments.