Search OnTheGoTennis
Video Spotlight

Recent Tweets
Tags
Adidas Agnieszka Radwanska Agnieszka Rdwanska Alexandr Dolgopolov Ana Ivanovic Andre Agassi Andrea Petkovic Andreas Seppi Andy Murray Andy Roddick Armani ATP Australian Open BB&T Atlanta Open Bernard Tomic BNP Paribas Open Bob Bryan Boris Becker Brooklyn Decker Caroline Wozniacki China Open Colin Fleming Daniela Hantuchova David Ferrer David Nalbandian Davis Cup Denis Kudla Dinara Safina Dmitry Tursunov Dominika Cibulkova Donald Young Elena Dementieva Ellen Ernests Gulbis ESPN ESPYS Eugenie Bouchard Fabio Fognini Family Circle Cup Fan Club Fed Cup WTA Feliciano lopez Fernando Gonzalez Fernando Verdasco Fernando Versasco Flavia Pennetta Francesca Schiavone French Open Gael Monfils Gilles Simon Gisela Dulko Grigor Dimitrov Head Ivan Lendl Ivan Ljubicic Ivo Karlovic Jack Sock James Blake Jamie Murray Janko Tipsarevic Jelena Jankovic Jelena Ristic Jo Williged Tsonga John Isner John McEnroe Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Juan Carlos Ferrero Juan Ignacio Chela Juan Martin Del Potro Juan Monaco Judy Murray Julia Goerges Jurgen Melzer Justine Henin Kaley Cuoco Kei Nishikori Kevin Anderson Kim Clijsters Kim Sears La Armada Lacoste Laura Robson Legg Mason Li Na Lleyton Hewitt makeover madness Marcos Baghdatis Mardy Fish Maria Kirilenko Maria Sharapova Marin Cilic Marinko Matosevic Marion Bartoli Matt Ebden Melanie Oudin Michael Llodra Michael Russell Mikhail Youzhny Milos Raonic MMaria Sharapova Newport Nick Kyrgios Nicolas Almagro Nicolas Mahut Nike Nikolay Davydenko Novak Djokovic Olympics Pat Rafter Pete Sampras Petra Kvitova Pippa Middleton Quick Q & A Radek Stepanek Rafael Nadal RedFoo Rennae Stubbs Richard Gasquet Robin Soderling Roger Federer Rogers Cup Rory McIlroy RRoger Federer Ryan Harrison Ryan Sweeting Sabine Lisicki Sam Querrey Samantha Stosur Sasha Vujacic Serena Williams Sergiy Stakhovsky Simona Halep Sloane Stephens Somdev Devvarman Sony Ericsson Open Sorana Cirstea sSerena Williams Stan Wawrinka Stanislas Wawrinka Steffi Graf


Tennis News, WTA ATP Tennis, Live Tennis Scores

Photo Galleries
Follow Onthegotennis

 

 

 

 

« Pat Rafter and Nick Kyrgios Star in Bonds Underwear Ad | Main | Tommy Robredo Continues to Make Memories »
11:04AM

Spain is Always on David Ferrer's Mind

by JAMES HENRY

CINCINNATI – David Ferrer has represented his country in the Davis Cup international team competition in 27 matches across 17 ties since 2006.

He won a whopping 23 of those rubbers, most notably defeating Juan Martín del Potro in front of a Spanish home crowd during the final against Argentina in 2011. It truly was an epic encounter, lasting 4 hours and 46 minutes.

The big-serving Argentine, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, found his form in the second set, grabbing it in a tie-breaker. Then, after losing his serve early in the third set, he won five games in a row.

But Ferrer would not give up. As the match continued, he got stronger, eventually earning the victory: 6-2, 6-7 (2), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

With two additional wins by teammate Rafael Nadal, Spain claimed its fifth Davis Cup title, the third in four wildly successful years.

“You know, play for your country is different,” Ferrer told reporters after reaching his first semifinal at the Western & Southern Open, a prestigious Masters 1000 tournament, in Cincinnati.

He noted that classic five-setter is his favorite moment of his professional tennis career, which began 14 years ago.

“Well, of course, when we won in Seville against Argentina, no? I won del Potro second match in fifth sets. You know, we was very emotion. I think my best emotions was Davis Cup,” he said.

In Cincinnati, Ferrer defeated compatriot Tommy Robredo: 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. He will play Julien Benneteau of France for a place in the final against either Canadian Milos Raonic, the only man this season to reach the quarterfinals or better at six Masters 1000 events, or Swiss Roger Federer, already a five-time champion in Ohio.

Among his 21 ATP World Tour singles titles, which also include two doubles trophies, Ferrer has one Masters 1000 title, from Paris in 2012.

And while the 6-4, 6-3 win over Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz in that final was thrilling, it is not the 32-year-old Spaniard’s top moment.

“You know, when I won Paris Bercy was my first title, Masters 1000. It was very excited, but it’s not compare about Davis Cup,” he said.

However, Ferrer said he would support holding the global team contest every other year, instead of annually.

“I need to recovery more than when I have 25 years,” he noted.

“Play every year is very difficult for the tennis players, no? The calendar is very close. It’s not easy for me,” he said. “It’s a mistake play every year.”

After falling to Germany in February, Spain will play its second consecutive World Group play-off tie away in Brazil in September. It will be the eighth time that the nations have faced off, but the first since 1999, when Gustavo Kuerten inspired Brazil to a 3-2 victory.

Ferrer reiterated that the split with his long-time coach, Javier Piles, at the start of this season was amicable. It was just time to try something new, he explained.

“Well, we decide because Javier and me, we were a lot of years, and, well, we think – both, not just me – it’s time to change. Nothing else, no?” he said.

“I appreciate a lot of Javi because he help me a lot. For him, I am tennis player because he help me a lot. But, well, it’s not easy, no, begin with one coach the career and finish with him.

“We practice, I think, 15 or 16 years together. You know, it was time to change.”

Overall, the 2013 French Open finalist said, the change has been relatively minor.

“I am OK. Well, really, I didn’t change a lot my team, no? I change only the coach, because Rafael (García) is my physio and also help me some tactics in tennis. Help me when I was 18 years, no?” he said.

“My fitness is the same. Manager is the same when I was 18 or 20 years old. So I only change one person.”

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.