Full Name: David Ferrer
Date of Birth: April 2nd, 1982
Place of Birth: Valencia, Spain
Height: 5ft 9in
Turned Professional: 2000
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David Ferrer moved up to World Number 4 in the ATP Rankings in January 2013, moving ahead of his compatriot Rafael Nadal. Formerly regarded as a clay-court specialist, Ferrer has improved significantly on other surfaces in recent seasons, reaching the semi-finals of both the Australian and US Opens on two occasions. He broke into the top ten back in 2006 and was previously ranked fourth in 2008.
Ferrer turned professional in 2000 and won his first career Challenger title in Sopot the following year, also reaching semi-finals at Manerbio. In 2002, He won his first ATP title in Bucharest as well as Challenger titles in Naples, Valencia, and Sassuolo. In 2003, Ferrer made his debut in all four Grand Slam events, reaching the second round at the French Open and at Wimbledon.
He continued his progress up the rankings during 2004, helped by quarter-finals in Buenos Aires, Valencia and Hamburg. He reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart and Palermo and moved inside the world’s top fifty for the first time. In 2005, Ferrer reached the semi-finals at Miami before losing to Nadal. He ended the year by reaching the quarter-finals at Madrid and Paris and ended the year with a ranking of world no. 14.
Ferrer opened 2006 with a quarterfinal showing in Auckland and broke into the top 10 ATP rankings for the first time after reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open. In March, he reached the semi-finals in Miami for a second consecutive season, beating Andy Roddick but losing to Roger Federer. He also reached the quarter-finals in Hamburg, the third round at the French Open and a career-best fourth round at Wimbledon. In July, he claimed his second career ATP title in Stuttgart. At the US Open, he reached the third round for the second successive year before losing to Mikhail Youzhny.
Ferrer began 2007 with victory in Auckland followed by another fourth round defeat in the Australian Open. He maintained consistent form to reach quarter-finals at Indian Wells, Monte-Carlo and Hamburg plus a semi-final in Barcelona. In July, he won his second title of the year and fourth of his career when defeating Nicolás Almagro in the final of the Swedish Open. He then produced a career-best effort at the US Open, beating Rafael Nadal in the fourth round before losing to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final. Ferrer then won again in Tokyo and qualified as the sixth seed for the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup. He made an impressive run to the final, losing out to Federer but improving his world ranking to number five.
Ferrer was knocked out of the Australian Open in 2008 by Djokovic in the quarterfinals. In April, he defeated Nicolás Almagro in the final of the Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana. He went on to reach the final at the Torneo Godó held in Barcelona, losing to Nadal. Ferrer opened the grass-court season with victory in the Netherlands, his first on the surface. In 2009, Ferrer was a beaten finalist in Dubai and Barcelona, losing to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal respectively. He was beaten in the third round at Wimbledon and the Australian and French Opens.
Ferrer collected his eighth career title in the 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, beating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final. He later enjoyed a good run at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters before losing in the semi-finals to Nadal. He fell at the same stage in the Torneo Godo, this time losing to Fernando Verdasco. In the Rome Masters he reached the final before losing out to Nadal. He made the fourth round at Wimbledon before losing in five sets to Robin Söderling. The same opponent defeated him in the semi-finals of the Swedish Open. He made the last 16 at the 2010 US Open, ensuring that he would return to the world’s top ten. Ferrer made the semi-finals in Malaysia and the final of the China Open before winning the Valencia Open. He defeated Söderling in the semi-finals and Marcel Granollers in the final, moving up to number 7 in the world.
Ferrer began his 2011 ATP World Tour season with victory at the Heineken Open, defeating David Nalbandian for the tenth title of his career. Ferrer then went to Melbourne to contest the 2011 Australian Open, where he was seeded no. 7. He defeated Nadal to secure a place in the semi-final, losing out to Britain’s Andy Murray. Ferrer successfully defended his title at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel with victory over Nicolas Almagro. He began his clay-court season with a second successive semi-final appearance in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, losing to Nadal. His compatriot again defeated him in the final of the Barcelona Open. He also achieved another last 16 appearance in the French Open and reached the same stage at Wimbledon. He reached the final of the Shanghai Rolex Masters, losing to Murray in straight sets.
Ferrer opened 2012 with a final defeat in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi before winning the Heineken Open. He was beaten in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open before picking up the thirteenth title of his career in the Copa Claro tournament. He won in Acapulco the following week. He was beaten in the final of the Barcelona by Nadal but reached his first ever French Open semi-final before again falling to the same player.
He added a fourth title of the year in the Netherlands, his second on grass and reached the last eight of Wimbledon for the first time in his career before losing to Murray. He reached his fourth Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open, losing to Djokovic. Ferrer won again in Valencia and claimed his first Masters 1000 title in Paris. Ferrer started 2013 by successfully defending his Auckland title and progressed to the semi-finals at the Australian Open for the second time in three years.