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Old 02-20-2008, 05:43 PM   #271
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Blah We missed our opportunity to ask him all kinds of inappropriate questions.

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Blah We missed our opportunity to ask him all kinds of inappropriate questions.

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Blah We missed our opportunity to ask him all kinds of inappropriate questions.

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Here are the answers: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/7257216.stm
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The Last Time... With David Ferrer


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David Ferrer (right) shares a joke with Rafael Nadal.

November 7, 2008

"Last year when I was playing in Zaragoza, a woman confused me with Feliciano Lopez"


A dynamo on the court, shy and reserved off it, David Ferrer is considered to be one of the friendliest players on the ATP circuit. Here, Ferrer tells when the last time was that...

I played a competitive sport other than tennis?

It must have been paddle tennis in Jávea [in Alicante], when I was 16 years old.

I was mistaken for another player?

It didn’t happen too long ago, actually. Last year when I was playing in Zaragoza, a woman confused me with Feliciano Lopez. It happened off the tennis court. The last time someone asked me if I was a tennis player, was probably four or five years ago.

I didn't have my credential with me and I couldn't get to where I needed to go?

Now that happens to me a lot of the time! The fact that they don't let me in doesn't happen very often, as they usually recognize me. But four years ago at the US Open they didn't.

I flew economy class on an airplane?

I don't always do it but, sometimes, yes. The last time was this summer when I was travelling in the United States.

I had a bad hotel experience?

I don't think I've ever had a bad experience in a hotel… Well there was this one time in Umag about seven years ago. I had no television in my room. I didn't complain or ask to switch rooms. I just had to read and sleep without a television the entire week.

I was told I looked like David Ferrer?

Oh yes, it happens quite a bit... especially with girls! The last time wasn't long ago.

I had an unusual fan request?

Nothing too weird has happened to me, but the most unusual incident was probably when I had to sign an autograph on a fan's cell phone.

I asked someone for their autograph?

I asked Peda Mijatovic for his autograph when I was 15. He's a former Real Madrid football player.

I visited a country for the first time?

That must have been last year when I went on holidays to the beaches of Punta Cana, which is a region on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic.

I broke a string in a match?

I broke my strings in an official match about two weeks ago.

I played a practical joke in the locker room?

I don't remember exactly… I do play jokes on other players, but I can't think of a specific example right now.

I forgot something important?

My mother's birthday yesterday! [laughing]

I lost something important?

I have lost so many important things... The last time I lost something important was a watch two years ago in Madrid.

I logged on to ATPtennis.com or ATPtennis.com/es?

Three days ago I looked at both ATP web sites.

Source: http://www.atptennis.com/5/en/deuce/...ast_ferrer.asp
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Very nice interview

Thanks for posting it, Doris
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Old 01-21-2009, 03:29 PM   #279
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David Ferrer, Spain's No. 2 player, after his straight-sets win over Dominik Hrbaty yesterday.
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A Spaniard named David is more than happy to let others bask in the spotlight.

IN OUR stereotypical dreams, Spaniards have names like Pedro, Julio or even Rafael. Swooning admirers cry "Arriba!" and "Vamos!" before falling breathlessly at their dancing feet. Their world is an endless romp of gyrating hips and sangria.

Which you'd think would make it tough being plain old David Ferrer, who on court three yesterday could drag nothing more passionate out of a subdued audience than a nasally "C'mon Davo!" from a bored local.

Such is your lot as the second-best tennis player in your country, when the amigo at the top of the heap is Rafa Nadal.

Not that Ferrer seems to mind. "He's the No. 1 in the world, he's the best player for Spain, and I'm the No. 2," he said yesterday of his countryman with the profile as big as his shorts and biceps. "I play my game, I play my tennis, I focus with my tennis."

He has played it very well for a long time; Ferrer spoke proudly yesterday of having been in the top 15 for almost five years, of reaching a high of four last February, and of how happy that made him. "For me it's important. I'm enjoying playing tennis."

Not that anyone but the aficionados have taken much notice. Were you to compile one of those "10 Things You Didn't Know About …" lists newspapers are so fond of, it could contain pretty much anything beyond Ferrer being Spanish and a tennis player.

In a nutshell, David Ferrer (pronounced dah-VEED fuh-RER) is 26, lives in Valencia because his coach is there, but spends much of his spare time with his family in their village of Javea, an hour from the orange-growing mecca on the Mediterranean Sea. His dad is an accountant, mum a school teacher, brother a former national 12 and under champion, and he is a mad Barcelona fan.

There has been just one Ferrer story of interest, albeit a beauty. His work ethic was not always so high, and as a teen his mentor Javier Piles (who is still his coach) would lock him in a dark, two-metre by two-metre room when his attention wavered, occasionally slipping him bread and water through a small, barred window.

Somehow, he seems to have survived this novel training technique without becoming a total nutter. Yesterday the word he kept falling back on to describe himself was "normal", and he clearly wished the topic would move on to something else.

"I like staying home with my family, my friends, I am really quiet," Ferrer said when pressed. "In the court I am a little bit tension, but out of the court I am normal. Maybe the people speak about me, not me about me, OK?"

Miguel Luengo, who covers tennis for the Spanish national news agency Efe, says Ferrer is humble and shy — "a good talker, but with friends, not on the outside. It's a matter of personality." Tennis is his release, and the passion is more tangible with racquet in hand.

A signature moment came in November when, with Nadal resting an injured knee, Ferrer stepped up to be Spain's No. 1 in the Davis Cup final against Argentina. "Rafa's absence is a shame," he said before the tie, "but there is nothing else to do but to assume his place." Ferrer's loss to David Nalbandian was the only rubber Spain conceded in an emotional victory.

As he would wish, it is his tennis that has done the talking. Yesterday he swept aside the experienced Slovak Dominik Hrbaty 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in a match so swift and easy it shocked him. Hrbaty has played rallies almost as long as the one hour, 14 minutes they spent on court.

"He's a great defender, a great runner, and you have to play really your best tennis," Hrbaty said later of Ferrer's simple strengths. "You have to make him run, play offensive, because when you play defensive he's not really making too many mistakes. Also he's a great fighter."

Ferrer has downplayed his place among the elite — Luengo says he described himself as "the worst top 100 in history", a self-deprecation he updated upon reaching the top 10 — but Hrbaty says his reputation in the locker room is secure. "Once you get to top 10, it means something in tennis."

The headlines in Spain, of course, will have been dominated by Nadal's sweeping dismissal of Christophe Rochus the night before. Or whether Spain's No. 3 man, Fernando Verdasco, still has Ana Ivanovic on his arm. Being sandwiched between this pair can't be easy (Nadal and Verdasco, not Verdasco and Ivanovic), but Ferrer doesn't seem to mind.

Beyond tennis last year, Verdasco posed nude to raise awareness of men's cancer. Ferrer, meanwhile, continued his habit of keeping every book he reads. And was perfectly happy that nobody noticed.

Source: http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/...471395627.html
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On Saturday afternoon, David Ferrer lost the semi-final of the Johannesburg tournament to Jeremy Chardy, in spite of having three match points. He hopped on a night flight to the Netherlands and a day later was busy training on Ahoy Rotterdam’s centre court. It’s a testament to the Spaniard’s character and his efforts paid off on Tuesday in his opening match against the left-handed Jürgen Melzer. It took him two hours and seventeen minutes to book his place in the next round with a score of 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5. His next opponent is the Russian, Mikhail Youzhny.

Ferrer was close to crashing out against Melzer, the son of an Austrian mayor. He had a lot of ground to make up in the tiebreak, but came through. With the score at 1-4, he won six points in a row. It’s a credit to Melzer that he didn’t buckle after his mental thrashing at the hands of Ferrer. He also fought his hardest, but played a couple of careless or tactically weak shots in his service game, which would have taken him to a second tiebreak. Unfortunately, he paid the price.
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David talks about his final against Rafa in Barcelona tournament 2009.

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David Ferrer, que sucumbió por segundo año consecutivo en la final del Conde de Godó ante su compatriota Rafa Nadal (6-2 y 7-5), ha admitido que para ganar al actual número uno del mundo "hay que estar muy fino", porque es muy difícil derrotarle, especialmente en tierra batida.

Ferrer ha explicado que le ha faltado "un poco de chispa y ambición" y que cuando cedió su saque en el undécimo juego del segundo set y Nadal se puso 6-5 y saque, ya vio que el partido estaba "muy difícil". "Estoy satisfecho, sigo con confianza y estoy haciendo una buena temporada, bastante regular", ha dicho Ferrer, quien explicó que no resulta frustrante jugar contra Nadal. "Rafa es Rafa, pero el de hoy no ha sido de los mejores partidos que hemos hecho. Él ha jugado un poco corto y yo he estado un poco más bajo de lo habitual", ha insistido.

Aseguró Ferrer que cuando se mide a Nadal no ve "un muro" al otro lado de la pista. "No pienso más allá, lo único es que él te impone mucho ritmo desde el principio", ha indicado Ferrer, quien admite que a medida que se le exige más, Nadal va sacando más munición a lo largo del partido. "¿Si puede ganar el Grand Slam? Puede hacerlo, está consiguiendo cosas históricas, pero no es fácil", ha dicho Ferrer sobre Nadal, que este año ha disputado dos finales (Dubai y Barcelona), pero ha sucumbido en ambas (Novak Djokovic y Nadal).

Ferrer afirmó que durante el partido ha "disfrutado más que sufrido", y se lo ha pasado bien. "Ojalá perdiera cada vez con Rafa", ha dicho el alicantino, en referencia a que si ello ocurre, significaría que él estaría en las rondas finales de los torneos


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Thanks for the article.

So feels like he was lacking a little bit. No spark. Interesting.
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Steve Tignor considers David as one of the favorites to reach semis at Rome Masters.

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It’s a spring Sunday ritual. Take a walk, lie in the park, examine New York City as it turns green all around you, and then go back home and watch Rafael Nadal pummel some poor glum soul into the red European dust. After yesterday’s version of this scenario played out as anticipated, I began to wonder whether it was finally time to add a third item to the brief list of life’s absolutes: Can we now say, “Death, taxes, and Nadal on clay”?

Last week I stated that there isn’t much new to say about how Nadal wins, on clay or any other surface. At 22, he’s already reached the stage where he’s hoisting trophies for the fifth straight time, as he did on Sunday with the supersized cup that he can barely lift over his head each year in Barcelona. So, seemingly with nothing left to observe about the guy, I put down the notebook for Nadal’s final yesterday against David Ferrer and sat back to watch as a spectator.

But that’s the thing about Nadal. Within his seemingly regimented—“one-dimensional”—game, he rarely fails to come up with something unexpected, something you haven’t quite seen even after watching him hundreds of times. Against Ferrer it was Nadal’s down-the-line forehand that looked new to me. He routinely cut off the angle on his opponent’s crosscourt backhand near the service line and, without stopping to set up in any conventional sense, drilled his forehand into the corner for an easy winner. I associate this “running through the ball” style of transition attack with Roger Federer, not with Nadal, but the Spaniard had the confidence yesterday to throw all grind-it-out caution to the wind.

That said, there’s one other notable aspect about Nadal that continues to stick out this clay season: Even while he’s doing something unprecedented, and even while he can appear for long periods to be utterly invincible, he remains human on the court. That is, he remains subject to anxieties, dry spells, inexplicable shanks, and even the occasional tactical blunder. After winning the first set over Ferrer pretty much at will, Nadal’s level dropped in the second, and more than a few shots flew wildly off his frame. John McEnroe once said of Federer at his peak that he screwed up just enough to let you know he was human, before rising to the occasion and becoming infallible again. This combination made Federer even more impressive than if he’d been perfect all the way through. If anything, I’ve always felt this was even truer of Nadal: He lets you know that winning is work, and that one missed shot here or there—Ferrer nearly reached set point on Nadal’s serve in the second—is all it would take for him to end up on the losing side of any given day. As with Federer once upon a time, this only makes the fact that Nadal doesn’t lose those key points that much more impressive.

I went to bed Sunday night having just listened to Tennis Channel commentators Jason Goodall and Robbie Koenig call the Barcelona final. This morning I woke up, turned on the TV, and heard them announcing first-round matches at the Masters event in Rome—the tour is in full swing. As Nadal himself said after the final in Indian Wells, while contemplating a late flight that same night to Miami, “The good thing of tennis is when lose you have another chance next week. The bad thing is when you win, next Tuesday you are [playing] another time.”

It’s not that bad, Rafa: This week you shouldn’t have to play until Wednesday. But as I write this, the first round in rainy Rome is going on (speaking of spring rituals, James Blake is about to lose to a no name). The other members of the Big 4, Federer, Murray, and Djokovic, will all come to the Foro Italico with more rest than Nadal. Can any of them take him off my short list of life’s sure things?

First Quarter

The question for Nadal, and for this tournament, is how he feels in regard to his French Open preparation. Does he need some rest, or can he keep going at full speed all the way through Sunday? This question is tied up with whether he plans to enter Madrid in two weeks—apparently he’s wary of playing at altitude there so soon before Paris. Last year Nadal was in a similar situation when he came to Rome, and he lost early to Juan Carlos Ferrero. While he cited blisters afterward, he didn’t seem too broken up about getting a few days off before playing in Hamburg the next week and making the final push to Paris.

This year Nadal didn’t have to work overly hard in Barcelona. He won his semi and final in straight sets and didn’t have to play a quarterfinal at all after David Nalbandian pulled out. So I would expect Nadal, despite some trepidation, to go after the title in Rome the way he usually does, and to be fresh enough physically to do it.

But even with a couple days off, his first round could be tricky. Nadal will play the winner of Andreas Seppi, who has beaten him on hard courts, and Sam Querrey, who has challenged him on clay. The other half of his section is relatively stacked—Verdasco, Tsonga, Gasquet, Almagro, Gulbis, and Andreev are all there, but Nadal will only have to face one of them, in the quarters.

First-round matches to watch: Almagro-Gulbis, Tsonga-Gasquet. Semifinalist: Nadal

Second Quarter

After reaching his first clay-court semifinal in Monte Carlo, Andy Murray continues his learn-the-dirt campaign of 2009. Think of it as a tennis version of Hillary Clinton’s crafty “listening tour” of New York state in 2000. Murray is taking the pressure off himself by saying that this spring he's essentially conducting research for the future.

He’ll have to be a quick study, because his first opponent might be Argentine dirtballer Juan Monaco. The two played a three-setter on hard courts on Miami last month before Murray prevailed. If they play again in Rome, we’ll get an idea of how the Scot matches up against a guy who makes his living on this stuff.

If he succeeds there, Murray might have to play either Nikolay Davydenko or Fernando Gonzalez in the quarters. He beat Kolya, a more natural clay-courter who seems revived after coming back from an injury, in a tough two-setter in Monte Carlo. If they play again, it should be equally tight. Semifinalist: Davydenko

Third Quarter

Which Novak Djokovic will we see in Roma? He’s the defending champion, and he’s coming off a Monte Carlo run that brought out his best tennis of the year so far—more than at any time in 2009, he fought well when he had to and didn't let his emotions get the best of him.

But if we’ve learned anything about the Serb over the last year, it’s that he’s more prone to unpredictability and mental inconsistency than we once thought. Still, I like his draw. Of the guys in his immediate vicinity, only Safin and Robredo seem at all capable of beating him, and those two play each other in the first round. On the other side we might get a showdown between Del Potro and Wawrinka, a match I’d give to Stan based on current form. Semifinalist: Djokovic

Fourth Quarter

Do you have a clue as to how Roger Federer might play in Rome? If so, you’re a step ahead of me. No matter what he says, his personal life must be a bit of a distraction at the moment, and so far it’s one that hasn’t relaxed him on the court.

Federer’s draw won’t help take the edge off, either. Last year he lost to Radek Stepanek in Rome, and he might find himself across from the Agitator again this time—they’re slotted to play in the third round. That is, if Federer gets past his potential opening match against Ivo Karlovic, never a fun thing to do, no matter what the surface.

On the other side, Simon, Ferrer, Berdych, and the improving Italian Fognini will fight it out to make the quarters. I got burned picking Ferrer to reach the final in Monte Carlo, but I liked the way he dictated much of the play in the second set against Nadal in Barcelona. Semifinalist: Ferrer

Semifinals: Nadal d. Davydenko; Djokovic d. Ferrer

Final: Nadal d. Djokovic
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I wonder why I can't find Ferrer's video thread.

Ferrer has confirmed his participation at the Malaysian Open at the end of Septmber.

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Our chico will miss the DC in Marbella, because of an injury in the leg

Of selfish reasons I really hope he will be able to play in Bastad, but on his site he said that it would take 10 days, so my hope is still alieve

And I really hope (and also think) the Spanish Armada will beat Germany even without Ferru (what a bad German I am )
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