David Ferrer Retires From ATP Tour After 19 Years

Published 05/08/2019, 5:01 PM EDT
David Ferrer


The Manolo Santana in Caja Magica was surrounded eleven thousand Spanish people and all of them cheering of the former World Number three, David Ferrer. The German, Alexander Zverev defeated him 6-4, 6-1 at the Mutua Madrid Open 2019. 

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The embarked upon the opening set by breaking the 22-year-old German, Alexander Zverev. And consolidated his break to take a 4-1 lead. The supremacy of the World Number four, Zverev altered the set scores later in the set.

The German was making David Ferrer run back and forth in on the sludge and unforced errors from the Spaniard’s end aided Zverev to get hold of two break of serves. And he went on to seal the set 6-4.

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Zverev defeated David Ferrer in the final match of his career

In the second set, Zverev proceeded to take his fourth straight break and held a 4-0 lead. Escaping from a bagel in the last set of his career, David Ferrer held his serve to love and set the score to 4-1. However, the German closed out the set 6-1 and concluded Ferrer’s journey on the ATP tour. 

His adieu at Manolo Santana was poignant with him leaving his bandana in the mid of the mud-court. He along with his wife and son were present on the tennis court. 

The four-time champion in Madrid, Manolo Santana presented David Ferrer a book

The man with incredible work ethic on the men’s tour, David Ferrer bid an emotional adieu to the tennis world in his home country. The ATP and WTA icons paid homage to David Ferrer by sending their messages and that was aired in the stadium.

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David Ferrer

He concluded on a note by mentioning his blissful memories of three David Cup championships. He expressed his gratitude towards his tennis colleagues who made him play better tennis every day.

Most importantly, he thanked his fans for supporting him throughout his career and they hold a special place in his heart and then wound up with his illustrious tennis career.

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“I never won Madrid. I never won Roland-Garros. I never won some tournaments I would’ve loved to win. I have my trophies at home, they’re just trophies, material. What I really take with me is the love you’ve shown me. Thank you so much. Always in my heart,” David Ferrer’s final words in the Madrid Arena.

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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