Originally Posted by roisin
its lack of confidence but giv him a few weeks and he'll be grand. does anyone have a transcript of any interviews after the match today?
after match quote
"I didn't play my best tennis," said Ferrero, who struggled to get any stick on his serve, and looked out-of-sorts in his court movement. "But he played good tennis, with my help sometimes.”
Ferrero crashes out to qualifier
Jan 11, 2005
By Alan Granville at the ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland
In one of the biggest upsets ever in the Heineken Open first round, former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero was bundled out of the tournament by Czech qualifier Jan Hernych.
The Spaniard looked a shadow of his former self as he went down 6-7 (1-7) 6-1 6-3 on a sunny Centre Court.
Hernych ended the year at 83 in the world, an increase of 150 places over 2004, but needed to qualify for the Auckland tournament.
The 25-year-old has already played three matches to reach the main draw but was expected to be flying home on Wednesday after drawing Ferrero in round one.
A break apiece in the first set led to the first set tiebreak, which the former French Open champion took with ease 7-1.
Hernych should have folded, after holding two set points at 6-5 in the first set, but he broke Ferrero in game one of the second set, a feat he repeated in the next service game.
With the Auckland audience still shocked at seeing a former Grand Slam champion being humbled by a qualifier, Hernych broke Ferrero again to take the set 6-1.
Both players traded breaks at the start of the final set but again it was the qualifier who ran down every shot, and helped by some poor shot selection by Ferrero, raced into a 5-1 lead.
The crowd were praying for a Spanish comeback, and they were rewarded when Ferrero broke back after Hernych threw away a match point and fired a weak backhand into the net.
Ferrero held his next serve, but after a nervous service game Hernych finally took the match and the applause of the crowd.