David Ferrer has started the year by winning 3 of the 4 tournaments played, with 18 wins and just one defeat, in the Australian Open, against the Japanese Nishicori.
In January he started winning a 250 ATP in Doha against Tomas Berdich in the final, then, he traveled to Australia where he lost in the quarterfinals. After being in Spain for two weeks, training, he traveled to Rio de Janeiro, where he managed to win an ATP OPEN 500, on clay court, against the Italian Fogini in the final. The following week, after he played the final in Rio, he had to travel to Acapulco to play and win another OPEN 500, this time against the Japanese Nishicori and changing the clay surface for a fast court, which made this victory more difficult.
Ferrer has seen the results of the pre-season work in the Latin American tour, with his new work team: Paco Fogués (coach) and Miguel Maeso (physical trainer). This is without forgetting the technical collaboration of Javier Ferrer, brother of the world’s Nº 8. Barely a month before turning 33 years -next April 2nd-,the tennis player from Jávea has become the 7th in the Open Era in titles won -a total of 10- above thirty. On a list led by Rod Laver, 45, and on which Roger Federer is the only one who outperforms Ferru among the active players.
“It has been a great tour, and I give a lot of merit to the victories by the difficulty of changing from clay surface to fast court from Río to Acapulco”
recalls the player from Alicante. And it is that the trajectory between the City of Rio de Janeiro and the Mexican locality continued until 9 p.m., with the time difference included.
“The opening two matches in Acapulco were very complicated due to the adaptation. With Sijsling, I played at 1 a.m. that, for me, was 5 a.m. because I was coming from Brazil”
New team, physical trainer, coach and family
The merit of David’s muscular recovery comes from the hands of Rafa García, his physical trainer. The tennis player changed the working methodology last pre-season, giving importance to the feet support and coordination on the court to save energy. Maeso, a physical preparation guru, who had been on the payroll of ex-numbers 1 such as Safin and Ferrero, made him work regularly at the beach, of both Valencia and Jávea, where he had to work on mobility exercises. Next Monday, he leaves towards Indian Wells, first Masters 1.000. He can only add points because he did not go to the latest edition.
As technicians, the incorporations of Paco Fogues and of his brother Javier have made David Ferrer go through a good time in its career.
David Ferrer received the highest award in Spanish tennis, the Juan Antonio Samaranch Award, in recognition of his long and successful career from the hands of the President of the Catalan Government, Alberto Fabra, and José Luis Escañuela, President of the Spanish Tennis Federation.
“I am very grateful of receiving the award at the Valencia Tennis Club, of which I am an honorary member, here in my home and here where I have my family and the people who are close to me, for that reason I’m very happy”
said the tennis player. Ferrer also stated that he is:
“living great emotions. It is an honor and a privilege that tennis players such as Carlos Moyá, Rafael Nadal, the best sportsman of Spain, have had this award and now I can have it too. It is always nice to be recognized, but it is much nicer to be given the prize, not just because of my sport career, but also because of my values as a person. That makes me very proud of everything I’ve come to achieve. If tomorrow I went back to being 20 years old, I would do the same again, because tennis has given me much more than I expected, for that, I will always be eternally grateful to this sport, for which I am passionate, it is the best award I can receive”