A huge huge VAMOS FERRUUUUUUU!!! for this afternoon - hope does really well here at Madrid!!
David's a totally different player at the moment - long may it last and poo to all those who said '07 was a fluke year!! It seems to me that so many folk either ignore him or criticise him - but then, I can't be impartial about this guy!!
Ninth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer posted a 6-3, 7-6(2) victory over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy on opening Sunday at the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open – the third and final clay-court ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season.
Though Ferrer dropped serve three times during the one-hour, 50-minute, he capitalised on five of his 18 break point opportunities to defeat the 43rd-ranked Frenchman for the third time in four meetings.
World No. 12 Ferrer has been in impressive form on clay this season, leading the circuit with a 24-4 record on the surface. He has reached the semi-finals or better in his five previous clay-court tournaments in 2010.
He earned his place in back-to-back finals during the Latin American Golden Swing, finishing runner-up to Juan Carlos Ferrero in Buenos Aires before clinching the Acapulco title with victory over his countryman the following week, and last week advanced to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final in Rome (l. to Nadal).
Ferrer will next face the winner between Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis and Swiss Marco Chiudinelli.
It wasn't his best performance tonight but my god he fought like a tiger and just never gave up and eventually wore Baggy down mentally. I am so proud of him for showing everybody just what guts, determination and a "never say die" attitude can get you through
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