3- Juan Carlos Ferrero def. 1- Andre Agassi 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-4
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
WIN THE TITLE JUANQUI!!
AND CONGRATS ON #1!!
:worship: :worship: :worship:
09-06-2003, 08:06 PM
I'm glad we can abandon the other thread now! I watched every minute of this match and I was so nervous, but I knew he could do it! What a great day! VAMOS JUAN CARLOS!
Take the title!
09-06-2003, 08:33 PM
great match!! i could barely watch!! now david just has to make an upset and it'll be a great sunday final!! wow, JC is one fit guy to be able to play all these consecutive days!!!!
09-06-2003, 10:11 PM
I FEEL GRRREAT!!!
CONGRATS JC, YOU TRULY DESERVE THE NUMBER 1 RANKING. :worship:
i really really feel that he'll win this title! vamos vamos vamos
09-06-2003, 11:33 PM
Congratulations to Juan Carlos Ferrero with his nr 1 position!!!!! One of your dreams has come true!! I hope many to come!
And tx to all the Ferrero fans who kept on believing Ferrero!!
I hope Ferrero will meet Nalbandian in the finals! Cause right now i am watching the game Nalbandian- Roddick and it's 7-6/6-3/6-7/1-6 and they are playing the last set and Nalbandian deserves to win! COME ON NALBANDIAN!!!!!!!!!
09-07-2003, 12:11 AM
Well, Rodprick won :rolleyes: Rather, they let him win.
I hope Juan Carlos kicks his ass in the finals. First #1, now the US Open. NO FEAR JUANQUI! KICK HIS ASS LIKE YOU KICKED BALDY'S! :D
VAMOS JUAN CARLOS!!!!!!
09-07-2003, 12:39 AM
WOOHOO!!! NOW GO AND BEAT THAT !"·$%&/(|@#€~!!!!!!!
09-07-2003, 12:43 AM
AAAAAAAAA I AM SO FRUSTRATED!!!!!!! That rodDICK!!!! :mad:
Okay Ferrero time to kick some arrogant ass!!! :devil:
09-07-2003, 03:28 AM
Juan Carlos Ferrero, #1 ranked player in the world. I can keep saying this all day. :D
09-07-2003, 06:13 AM
Congrats on achieving numero UNO Juan Carlos! :hatoff:
09-07-2003, 04:54 PM
Vamos JC, we know you can do it!!! I'm so happy, wow, I was hoping for something like this!!! :D
09-07-2003, 06:01 PM
Juanqui has played so amazingly well this tournament I'm SOOOOOOOOO HAPPY he's world number 1. I just knew he would get there eventually he should just win the whole thing now
09-07-2003, 09:05 PM
Congratulations on getting the #1 spot Juanqui.
09-07-2003, 10:38 PM
First set 6-3 Roddick. Second set 4-3 Ferrero and Roddick is serving for 4-4. COME ON FERRERO!!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!
09-07-2003, 10:54 PM
i know!!!i was SOOOOOOO happy!!!!we luv u jc!! :D
09-07-2003, 11:04 PM
Doesn't look good for Ferrero.
At least he's #1, he really wanted it. There will be other grand slam titles, and other finals, even if he doesn't win this one.
Pansy Pandy doesn't deserve an honor like this, so hopefully JC will turn it around.
09-08-2003, 03:19 AM
quarters of Aus, winner of RG and final of USO...pretty damn good if you ask me! better than roddick will ever do
09-08-2003, 11:53 AM
And don't forget, he beat two former US Champs on his way... :worship:
Congrats JC, ur the best, it doesnt matter if u havent won the title, ur no.1 and u can win it some other time! :clap2:
09-08-2003, 06:00 PM
I just couldn't sleep at night, because of the lost of Ferrero in the finals. The fact that some calls were so unfair, but these things happen. But Ferrero is nr 1 of the world, and nothing can take this away from him!!!!
09-08-2003, 10:51 PM
Entry Ranking Top 50 As of Monday, 9/8/2003
1 Ferrero, Juan Carlos (ESP ) 4250 +2
09-09-2003, 12:22 AM
:D :D :D
extremely *WELL DESERVED*!!!
09-09-2003, 12:39 AM
Congrats on the #1 Ferrero!! :D :D
09-09-2003, 08:37 AM
Juan Carlos a worthy world no.1 :worship:
Andy take in the feeling of beating juan carlos cause it aint gonna happen again..other tournaments wont make u play four matches in four days :rolleyes:
09-10-2003, 03:27 AM
so true but knowing roddick it will go to his head
Chloe le Bopper
09-10-2003, 09:46 PM
I admit it - I printed out the rankings so that I could put them on the wall beside my Ferrero shrine ;)
09-11-2003, 01:35 AM
It's terrific that JCF got to be number one. I'm glad he did. I like having the young guys at the top. Pretty soon Agassi will retire and the new generation will be in full control of the top of the rankings.
09-11-2003, 07:34 AM
Congratulations to Ferrero on this well deserved achievement! I have always liked him a lot and thought he was very talented, not to mention cute! However, a few things which happened at this US Open, including his great play and his great sportsmanship, have lifted him into one of my top favourites. I am looking forward to watching many more years of success from this wonderful player.
09-12-2003, 12:50 AM
Hopefully Juan Carlos will be the year-end #1, even though it doesn't really matter to me, it would be good for him in the world's eyes. Winning the two MS titles and the year-end championships would be nice. ;)
Roddick is playing a LOT, but hopefully he'll tire out.
09-12-2003, 03:37 AM
You know, if ppl are saying that Roddick not getting enough credit for winning USO, what do you say about Juanqui? At least Roddick is supposed to win USO right from the beginning. No one expects Juanqui to get to the Final. He beat 2 of the best hardcourters in the world and ppl still refused to acknowledge his ability on hard court. Bets already start stacking against him for his ability to compete in the coming indoor season :rolleyes:, he is still a claycourter who is not supposed to do well on hardcourt :rolleyes: .
Well, to quote what Agassi said after he got beaten by JC: "he did it on clay courts, he did it on hard courts, anyone think differently is their issues, not his". JC is turning into a roadblock for him. JC beat him in last year's TMC to destroy his hope to get to the yearend number 1. JC beat him this year in USO to take the number 1 title from him, both were played on Agassi's favorite surface. I supposed he's taking it personally when the reporter is doubting JC's ability on hard court, if JC is not so good on hard court, what does it say about Agassi losing to him 2 times in a roll?
Anyway, if he doesn't finish as #1 at the end of the year, I don't see he will ever get the respect he deserves :mad:. But no matter, whatever happens at the end, no one can take this accomplishment away from him.
However, I think he will get year end #1, probably this year but if not then another year. And he WILL get a non-RG slam and they'll have to notice.
BTW, a small part of the problem (the large part is just out and out prejudice!) is that people just won't acknowledge that Agassi and Hewitt still ARE 2 of the toughest hard court players to beat! One day he'll beat Roddick and they'll sit up and go "OMG no-one ever told us he could play hard courts" - either that, or they'll call it a fluke :(
09-12-2003, 11:50 AM
well theres definately no argument in this thread obviously but i think we've all seen from his treatment and lack of respect during USO that its going to take an AWFUL lot for him to earn respect from america...and many other people...not that i care but ugh the type of questions they asked and the way they put him and some other players on some stupid courts was unbelievable
if theres one thing that will piss me off more than roddick stealing his USO crown is if he steals his number one spot at the end of the year. that will be the worst thing i could ever think of and i will cry!!!!!!!!!!
09-12-2003, 08:57 PM
BTW, a small part of the problem (the large part is just out and out prejudice!) is that people just won't acknowledge that Agassi and Hewitt still ARE 2 of the toughest hard court players to beat!(
As much as I don’t like Baldy, I almost felt sorry for him. One day, he’s hailed as the master on hard court when he beat Coria handily, the next day, ppl question his ability to continue competing when he lost to JC, a “claycourter”. I read an article somewhere and the guy wrote something like: he lost to a claycourter on hard court, is it time for retirement? They’ll just say anything to refuse to give JC the credit, including dissing the one they always referred to as the best hard court player ever. No wonder Agassi was a little tick off when someone asked him if JC is a deserving number 1, he must be thinking: how can a guy who just beat me not a deserving number 1 :rolleyes: .
09-15-2003, 02:30 AM
Yes, not to mention that Agassi actually got that record breaking serve of Roddick's BACK INTO PLAY! But this is a Ferrero forum so I won't get into all that too much.
09-19-2003, 11:54 AM
Who cares about what a bunch of *ssholes say???
The fact is that the number one speaks Spanish, is from Villena and is called JC Ferrero, credit or not he's now part of History with the best of all the time :D :bounce:
09-23-2003, 09:19 AM
and bumping this thread to wish JCF continued weeks at #1!
09-25-2003, 03:30 AM
Hopefully he'll win Bangkok this week and take the year end #1 :D
Vamos Juan Carlos!
He's into the second round.
09-27-2003, 06:38 AM
He's in the semis and Paradorn is out... muahaha
vamos Juan Carlos!
09-27-2003, 07:43 AM
I'd be fine with Ferrero at #1 come year end. He will have deserved it. But if any other player ends at #1, he will have deserved it too. I don't play the "he deserves it, and he doesn't deserve it" game.
C'mon JC, show people you're a carpet courter. ;)
09-27-2003, 10:51 AM
Is Ferrero not playing Tokyo now?
09-27-2003, 06:34 PM
Ferrero isn't too great at making schedules. Now he's saying he may skip the Aussie :rolleyes:
Anyway, he's in the finals of Bangkok :D
09-27-2003, 06:45 PM
Is Ferrero not playing Tokyo now?
He's not playing Tokyo, he wasn't on the commitment list. I think he desperately need some rest. His body is probably screaming out for a break.
Tired Ferrero considers skipping Australian Open
BANGKOK, Sept 27 (Reuters) - World number one Juan Carlos Ferrero hinted that he might miss the Australian Open in January as he needs time to recover from a hectic 2003 season. Ferrero, who is expected to travel to Melbourne with the Spanish team for the Davis Cup final against Australia in November, said he needs a long rest before beginning his 2004 campaign. Asked if he would be returning to Australia just six weeks after playing the November 28-30 Davis Cup final, he said: "I don't know.
"If I finish the year number one and we win the Davis Cup at the end of November, I will have done everything. "Then I would find it very difficult to practise again straight away to be ready for the Australian Open," added the French Open champion after reaching his sixth final of the season at the Thailand Open on Saturday. Ferrero achieved his best result at the Australian Open, which begins on January 19, this year when he reached the quarter-finals.
Well, I hope he can get the yearend #1 at least, not so sure about Davis Cup but best of luck.
I would be disappointed if he skips Aussie, but it's understandable. He's human too. I hope this is just a tired talk but maybe the experience in beginning of 2001 gave him the thought. But he's just being honest and realistic. Or maybe he should just pull a Pandy: pull out in the very last minute (not giving any hint before hand). Well, maybe that's wiser, at least ppl won't throw eggs at him as early as now.
09-28-2003, 01:00 PM
JC lost in the Bangkok finale????
Singles - Finale:
No. 8 seed Taylor Dent claimed the inaugural Thailand Open title by defeating top seed Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 7-6(5) in the Bangkok final Sunday. It was the 22-year-old American's second title of the year following his victory in Memphis in February and the third in his career.
Dent, who scored wins over Wesley Moodie, Thierry Ascione, Nicolas Thomann and No. 5 seed Jarkko Nieminen en route to the final, now holds a perfect 3-0 record in singles finals.
Ferrero, who holds on to the No. 1 spot in the ATP Entry Rankings thanks to his final effort, was looking for his fourth title this year, following Tennis Masters Monte-Carlo, Valencia and Roland Garros. This was the Spaniard's third final loss in 2003, the others being Sydney and the US Open. His career-record in finals is now 10-10.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Dent: "I was struggling at the start, but I was happy to hang onto my serve. It's just a great feeling to win. I gutted it out today. My serve was working at times but he was also getting on it. I was patchy on volleys, but I ground it out and kept a strong mental head about me, that's what won me the match."
"I went out expecting a tough match whether I won or lost. The score sometimes deceives, it was a lot closer than two sets."
About his serve and volley game: "I like to press off second the second serve and get in there and make them pass me. That's what I'm at the baseline for - to get short balls and come in on them. That's always my strategy. The most improved thing about my game has been my serve accuracy. My mental toughness is also better. In the past I've broken guys enough to win matches, but I haven't held serve. Now I'm serving well enough to hold comfortably most of the time."
Ferrero: "I'm disappointed, I've lost two finals in a short time. But when you lose finals, it at least means you are playing well to get into them. I'm sad now, but tomorrow I'll be better. At least I'll stay No. 1. That was one of my goals in this tournament."
"It was tough for me to come here and defend the No. 1. But I now have a chance to get some points in Vienna as I have none to defend. I'll train indoors next week in Spain and try to play well in Vienna."
"It was tough against Dent, especially when he is serving well. You have to take it to a tiebreaker because it's so tough to break his serve."
09-28-2003, 10:42 PM
So how many points does JC add from a final showing in Bangkok? I checked his champions race points breakdown...and this event wasn't even listed in his optional countable events. Er?
09-29-2003, 12:10 AM
They haven't updated it yet. He gets 24 race points and 120 entry points.
09-29-2003, 01:00 AM
10-09-2003, 02:40 AM
Lleyton has pulled out of the Master's Cup
Let's hope that Juan Carlos will take it this year and finish #1 :D
10-09-2003, 08:22 PM
What do u mean that Hewitt's pulled out? Hasn't he still a chance of getting in the Masters Cup?? (not that I want him to!)
10-09-2003, 10:00 PM
Hewitt isn't going to play for the rest of the year.
10-10-2003, 01:21 AM
Hewitt isn't going to play for the rest of the year.
I wish he skiped Davis Cup as well, but I'm sure his revenge aim is stronger than that :(
10-11-2003, 02:45 AM
Hewitt said he skips all these tourneys just to prepare for DC, but I also don't mind if he skips DC too.
Now I actually think it's not a bad thing for the spanish DC team. Hewitt won't be playing for 2 months before DC, Scud will play an exhibition in the States the week before DC. They surely do have a weird preparation schedule.
Anyhow, right now, JC's focus is on #1. I hope he completely recovered from that heel injury, so he'll be 100% for Madrid, Basel, Paris and Houston.
10-15-2003, 08:51 PM
JC finally managed to beat dangerous Wayne and keep the number 1 at least one more day :lol:
10-17-2003, 07:24 AM
RODDICK LOSSSSSSSSSSSTTTTTT!!!!! :dance: i'm so so very happy
keep that number one spot for one more week jc!
10-17-2003, 07:25 AM
After round 3 (champs race)-
10-20-2003, 02:04 PM
Champions Race (after Madrid)
1st Ferrero, J. 826 :worship:
2nd Roddick, A. 822
3rd Federer, R. 700
4th Agassi, A. 605
5th Coria, G. 589
6th Schuettler, R. 569
7th Moya, C. 436
8th Nalbandian, D. 358
9th Philippoussis, M. 322
10th Grosjean, S. 312
10-20-2003, 02:05 PM
Entry Rankings (after Madrid)
1 Ferrero 4,570 :worship:
2 Roddick 4,235
3 Federer 3,925
4 Agassi 3,170
5 Coria 2,965
6 Schuettler 2,850
7 Moya 2,705
8 Hewitt 2,465
9 Nalbandian 2,070
10 Grosjean 1,870
10-21-2003, 06:26 AM
*sigh* number one in Entry AND champs race...TOOO GOOD FERRERO!!!!! :worship:
10-21-2003, 07:22 AM
not new but its the first time i had seen this...HOOOT...:
10-21-2003, 05:09 PM
10-22-2003, 04:00 AM
ever being a hotter Number One before? i dont think so...
10-22-2003, 06:50 PM
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!! he's the champ! god, his gf is cute :D
10-23-2003, 02:14 AM
The year end is near and I just thought of putting up some stats. Here's the stat so far for this year counting up to Madrid. If one can't come to term of how great a year Juanqui has, one should look no further than these numbers:
Player Year Slam TMS Other Hard Clay Grass
Name W-L Title Title Title W-L W-L W-L
Ferrero 66-15 1 2 1 30-9 33-5 3-1
Roddick 64-15 1 2 3 42-8 12-6 10-1
Federer 70-15 1 0 5 43-11 15-4 12-0
Player Slam TMS
Name W-L W-L
Ferrero 20-3 20-5
Roddick 17-3 19-6
Federer 13-3 19-7
Player Tourney TMS
Name Played Played
Ferrero 18 7-skipped Hamburg
Roddick 20 All 8
Federer 20 7-skipped Monte Carlo
With Juanqui's newest indoor title, it's hard to argue with the fact that he's great all around. I guess the only thing you can criticize him about is that he hadn't had a title on grass. Not if he only plays one grass tourney every year and that tourney is Wimbledon. But for a player who only plays on grass once a year in a slam, he did a hell lot better than others, at least we don't see him losing in the first round of a slam 2 years in a roll. Besides, he's the one who always got tied up at the end of RG, so I guess that's a good enough excuse for not able to play more on grass. Spain is a small country so he didn't have the advantage of having a grass tournament in Spain with mostly spaniards entering, if there's such tourney, I'm sure he would have a grass title by now ;) .
Sorry, I tried to align the numbers but it didn't work. Hope you can read them.
10-23-2003, 03:19 AM
Roddick's results aren't really believable. They're padded with a lot of tiny little tournaments that no one other than low-ranked Americans play.
10-23-2003, 03:28 AM
That too. :D
I guess if we just let the number speaks for itself, we can see that Juanqui has more wins in Slams and TMSs. And his TMS titles are on different surfaces. Besides, he achieved these # of wins by playing less tournaments.
It's interesting that we felt he had played too much this year, but the truth is that he played like 3 less tourney than the other 2 (since he's also missing this week's action). He's just more consistent and never lost in the first round.
10-23-2003, 03:38 AM
I posted this on the other board, but for those of you here, here's a nice article.
Tennis: Ferrero tightens grip on No. 1
Christopher Clarey IHT
Monday, October 20, 2003
MADRID Within hours of each other, Justine Henin-Hardenne assumed the No. 1 ranking by winning in Zurich and Juan Carlos Ferrero consolidated the No. 1 ranking in the Spanish capital.
If the promoter Ion Tiriac had his way, they would have done it in the same city, but for now, if perhaps not for long, Madrid remains a buzz-generating tournament for gentlemen only instead of the mixed, 10-day tournament that Tiriac is actively seeking.
What happened Sunday this time around certainly did not hurt this two-year-old event. The field and matchups were strong; the crowds were big and boisterous and a Spaniard won. Ferrero might not be a local boy - he grew up and lives closer to the Mediterranean coast near Valencia - but he cheers for Real Madrid.
Last week, the world's most prominent soccer club returned the favor, as its players and administrators took turns occupying VIP space in the indoor arena known as the Rockodromo. On Sunday, Real fixtures Raúl González, Roberto Carlos, Ivan Helguera and Iker Casillas were on site as Ferrero jerked the much-more-unlikely finalist Nicolás Massú around the violet court en route to his 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory.
Other contemporary Spanish icons were on view during the tournament, too. The Beckhams deigned to make an appearance. Prime Minister José María Aznar, jacket and inhibitions removed, took part in the wave as Ferrero beat the Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in three terrific sets in Saturday's semifinals. Crown Prince Felipe and the film director Pedro Almodóvar were part of the public on Sunday, all of which is to say that tennis is trendy in Spain: thanks to its increasingly tenuous elite connotations; thanks, above all, to consistent Spanish success.
Starting from shaky ground, they have built a solid foundation in the last 20 years, and Ferrero has the potential to be the best and brightest brick. He is not the first Spanish man to reach No. 1. Carlos Moya held the top spot in 1999 for two weeks. But Ferrero could be the first to last. His victory here this week, which came only after he saved two match points against Wayne Ferreira in his opening round, made him No. 1 in both the rolling, 52-week ranking and the 2003 points race, giving him a four-point edge over Andy Roddick.
"To me, to be the leader of both rankings is a real source of pride," Ferrero said.
Henin-Hardenne has a slight edge on her countrywoman Kim Clijsters after beating Jelena Dokic by the score of 6-0, 6-4 in the final in Zurich. Henin-Hardenne is the 13th women to reach the virtual top since the computer rankings were launched in 1975, and she is the second Belgian to reach No. 1 in the last three months. Clijsters did it first, but Henin-Hardenne has had the more sensational season: winning the French Open and U.S. Open.
"It was a dream of mine as a child," she said on court Sunday.
She had best enjoy it while it lasts. She has pulled out of this week's event in Linz, Austria, understandably citing fatigue, and women's tour officials have indicated that Clijsters will reclaim No. 1 after that tournament ends.
"My next focus is not on keeping No. 1 but my first match at the Championships in L.A.," said Henin-Hardenne of next month's tour championships. "I want to be fresh and ready for that in two weeks time."
Clijsters, who won last year's tour championships, will have more points to defend in the final weeks of the season than Henin-Hardenne, and Clijsters still has no Grand Slam singles title.
Ferrero definitely has his. He won it in June at the French Open, and in September, he tore up his clay court-specialist label for good by reaching the final of the United States Open. Now, he has won his first indoor event and first Masters Series tournament on a surface other than clay and put himself in stronger position to finish the season at No. 1.
More impressive, he won in Madrid's relatively high altitude, which makes playing conditions even quicker than in an average indoor event.
"It's not nice to read in the newspaper that you're a clay court specialist," Ferrero said. "I don't like it, because I think I got rid of it years ago. But to win indoors is really important for my career."
It's not as if he gave no warning. The day he won at Roland Garros, he made it clear that he had not yet arrived at the summit he had in mind. Four months later, he is quite a bit closer, and quite a bit more at ease in the spotlight, as he proved after Sunday at the victory ceremony by, for a change, not treating the microphone as something to be handled for the shortest time possible.
Still, it looks as if his finest season is taking a toll: his right thigh was tightly wrapped Sunday and his angular features look increasingly drawn and his tinted blond hair increasingly rumpled. A pity that there is so much work left to be done: the ranking duel with Roddick and Federer that will finish at the Masters Cup next month in Houston; the Davis Cup final that will begin 12 days later on grass in Melbourne against a much better-rested Lleyton Hewitt and the Australians.
One can only imagine how fresh Ferrero is not going to feel in January after his too-short off-season. He has yet to rule out playing in the Australian Open, but it might be in his long-term interest to save himself. Ferrero wins with his whipping, take-the-ball-early groundstrokes and increasingly intimidating serve, but above all he wins with his legs.
The unseeded Massú, the last man admitted directly into the draw here, had the best tournament of his life: upsetting Roddick in the third round and then keeping his wits and pace in the rounds that followed. But for all his power and arriviste hunger, the Chilean could not keep up with Ferrero, dropping his serve early in each set and then failing to capitalize on his rare opportunities on the Spaniard's serve. His only break came when he was trailing 1-4 in the final set and his last opportunity to prolong his joy ride came when he led 15-40 with Ferrero serving at 4-3. But the Spaniard saved the first break point with a forehand winner; the second with a wide, bold second serve that Massú knocked long. Two aces later, Ferrero had proved that he is indeed a man for all surfaces. International Herald Tribune
10-23-2003, 08:47 AM
thats my boy :inlove:
10-24-2003, 05:18 AM
May he never let go!
10-24-2003, 12:36 PM
10-25-2003, 03:26 AM
Thanks for the article, Vera :D
10-25-2003, 08:38 AM
Thanx for the article.
his tinted blond hair increasingly rumpled.
I dont think thats a telling factor of his long yr. Has any1 else noticed how juan is constantly rumpling his hair. Its so cute!!!