David Ferrer To Be Honoured Before Barcelona Open 2019 Finals

Published 04/27/2019, 6:29 PM EDT
Barcelona Open 2019


The Spanish professional tennis player, David Ferrer will be hitting the hay in Madrid next month. He played the penultimate tournament of his career at Barcelona Open 2019, where he bade goodbye to the Catalonian side of his nation. His final match in Barcelona took place in an emotional manner against his friend and foe, Rafael Nadal.

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Pista Rafa Nadal would witness its new finalist, Daniil Medvedev, who will be playing his first ever ATP finals on clay and he will face the World Number five, Dominic Thiem in the finals of Barcelona Open 2019. Right before the championship match commences, the Catalonian tournament in Barcelona will pay homage to the former World Number three tennis player, David Ferrer with the Spanish crowd commemorating the retirement of their renowned tennis player.  

David Ferrer believes that Rafa escalated his hunger to play better tennis. The ‘Big Four’ specifically Nadal aspired him ameliorate his game. “Rafa Nadal was like a mirror for me,” Ferrer mention. “Although he was younger and he headed into the tour later, I learned from him”.

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Barcelona Open 2019: Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer

Besides his compatriot’s influence in his game, David Ferrer revealed the toughest player he ever came across on the ATP circuit. “For me, it’s Roger Federer. He would change the pace and drive me crazy. Maybe I made him sweat like many players, but I never had the chance to be able to beat him”, David Ferrer said. 

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A few weeks ago David Ferrer produced his best tennis in almost five years as he ousted the World Number three, Alexander Zverev in Miami Open 2019 despite trailing behind by a set in the match. This year he debuted in the Hopman Cup event where he teamed up with the two-time Grand Slam champion, Garbine Muguruza.

David Ferrer and Garbine Muguruza

A few days from now, David Ferrer will be commemorating his last presence in a professional tennis tournament at the Mutua Madrid Open 2019 and he has been awarded a wildcard for the same. Also, he revealed the reason behind choosing the Madrid event for officially setting aside his racquets. 

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“Because it’s a Masters 1000 because Feliciano is there because Madrid has always treated me unbelievably well. People love tennis and I have a lot of affection for the city. I play at home, I have the chance to do so at a Masters 1000 and the best players are there. To me, having the chance to end it playing in a tournament where the best players are, that’s what I want,” David Ferrer said.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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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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