David Ferrer: Truly not just a claycourt specialist

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– After his meritorious run in SW19 ( he reached the QF’s for the first time, and even leaded Andy Murray by 7/6 *5/4), we can now conclude that Ferrer has become an all court player, as he has now made quarterfinals on all Slams. He started his career as a claycourt specialist, and he admitted that he had never played on grass till 2002, when he was 20 years old!!! But as the time advanced he became a very good hardcourt player, making his first Grand Slam semifinal on Flushing Meadows, in 2007 and his second on Australian Open, in 2011. And now, he even has 2 ATP titles on grass, and a quarterfinal appearance in Wimbledon. Also, out of his 15 ATP titles, he won 7 of them outside of clay. He has QF or better in every Masters 1000 or Grand Slam outside of clay, with the exception of Canada Masters ( in which his best result was R3 in 2008).

Main Achievements outside of clay:

7 ATP titles:

4 on outdoor hard- Auckland 250^3 [ 2007, 2011 and 2012] and Tokyo 500 [ 2007].
2 on grass- s’ Hertogenbosch 250^ 2 [ 2008 and 2012].
1 on indoor hard- Valencia 500 [ 2010].

4 ATP finals:

3 on outdoor hard- Shangai M-1000 [ 2011], Beijing 500 [ 2010] and Dubai 500 [ 2009].
1 on indoor hard- Masters Cup [ 2007].

At Slams:
Australian Open- SF [ 2011], QF ^ 2 [ 2008 & 2012], R4 ^ 2 [ 2006 & 2007].
Wimbledon- QF [ 2012], R4 [ 2006, 2010, 2011].
US Open- SF [ 2007], R4 [ 2010, 2011].

At Masters Series:
Indian Wells- QF [ 2007], R4 [ 2009].
Miami- SF [ 2005,2006] QF [ 2011, 2012], R4 [ 2007, 2009, 2010].
Canada- R3 [ 2008].
Cincinatti- QF [ 2006, 2007], R3 [ 2009, 2010, 2011].
Madrid/Shangai- F [ 2011], QF [ 2005], R3 [2010].
Paris- QF [ 2005, 2007, 2011].
Masters Cup- F [ 2007], SF [ 2011].

Wins over Top-20 opponents outside of clay:

1-Auckland R2 2003- Over #17 F.Gonzalez by 6/4 6/3.
2-Lyon R2 2004- Over #13 Ferrero by 3/6 7/5 6/3.
3-Miami R3 2005- Over #9 Nalbandian by 7/6(0) 6/1.
4-Madrid R3 2005- Over #10 Puerta by 6/7(5) 6/1 6/4.
5-Miami R3 2006- Over #20 Grosjean by 4/6 7/5 6/4.
6-Miami QF 2006- Over #4 Roddick by 6/3 4/6 6/4.
7-Wimbledon R3 2006- Over #11 F.Gonzalez by 4/6 2/6 6/2 6/3 6/4.
8-Cincinatti R3 2006- Over #10 Baghdatis by 7/5 6/4.
9-Auckland F 2007- Over #7 Robredo by 6/4 6/2.
10-Australian Open R3 2007- Over #20 Stepanek 6/7(5) 4/6 6/0 6/4 6/3.
11-Cincinatti R3 2007- Over #4 Roddick by 7/6(4) 6/4.
12-US Open R4 2007- Over #2 Nadal by 6/7(3) 6/4 7/6(4) 6/2
13-Tokyo F 2007- Over #13 Gasquet by 6/1 6/2.
14-Paris R3 2007- Over #11 Berdych by 6/4 6/2.
15-Masters Cup RR 2007- Over #3 Djokovic by 6/4 6/4
16-Masters Cup RR 2007- Over #2 Nadal by 4/6 6/3 6/4.
17-Masters Cup RR 2007- Over #8 Gasquet by 6/1 6/1
18-Masters Cup SF 2007- Over #5 Roddick by 6/1 6/3.
19-Miami R3 2009- Over #18 Cilic by 3/6 6/3 6/4.
20-Cincinatti R1 2009- Over #20 Wawrinka by 7/5 6/2.
21-Cincinatti R2 2009- Over #15 Cilic by 7/6(4) 6/2.
22-Kuala Lumpur SF 2010- Over #7 Berdych by 4/6 7/5 6/4
23-Beijing QF 2010- Over #5 Soderling by 6/2 6/4.
24-Beijing SF 2010- Over #17 Ljubicic by 6/4 4/6 6/4.
25-Valencia SF 2010- Over #5 Soderling by 6/3 3/6 6/3.
26-Australian Open QF 2011- Over #1 Nadal by 6/4 6/2 6/3.
27-Davis Cup QF 2011- Over #10 Roddick by 7/6(9) 7/5 6/3.
28-Davis Cup QF 2011- Over #8 Fish by 7/5 7/6(3) 5/7 7/6(5).
29-Shangai QF 2011- Over #15 Roddick by 6/7(5) 6/2 7/6(2).
30-Paris R3 2011- Over #17 Dolgopolov by 6/3 6/2.
31-Masters Cup RR 2011- Over #4 Murray by 6/4 7/5
32-Masters Cup RR 2011- Over #1 Djokovic by 6:3 6:1
33-Australian Open R4 2012- Over #18 Gasquey by 6:4 6:4 6:1
34-Miami R4 2012- Over #11 Del Potro by 6:3 6:3
35-Wimbledon R4 2012- Over #9 Del Potro by 6:3 6:2 6:3.

1 in 2003, 1 in 2004, 2 in 2005, 4 in 2006, 10 in 2007, 3 in 2009, 4 in 2010, 7 in 2011, 3 in 2012.

We can see that 2007 and 2011 were his best years, and 2012 is also going well for Ferrer, with already 3 wins over top-20 opponents, and QF on both Australian Open and Wimbledon Also he has wins over nearly all of his peers, with the exception of Federer.

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