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David Ferrer - Spain
5'9\ (175 cm)"
160 lbs (73 kg)
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On the Court
Made his ATP debut at Estoril, losing to No. 7 Marat Safin in three sets. In his next ATP event, a few months later, he reached the finals at Umag, losing to Carlos Moya, but moving up 41 spots in the rankings into the Top 100 for the first time. His first win on tour came at Bucharest that fall, defeating Jose Acasuso in the final to jump 21 spots to No. 60.
He made his Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open in 2003, losing in the first round. After a seven-match losing streak, he upset No. 1 Andre Agassi in the first round at Rome , 0-6, 7-6(3), 6-4. Earned his first Grand Slam win at Roland Garros, defeating Jurgen Melzer in the first round. Reached the finals at Sopot.
Reached the second round of the Australian Open in 2004, as well as at the French Open, moving into the Top 50 for the first time. Made the semifinals at Stuttgart to reach No. 40. In his best effort to date, reached the finals at Miami in 2005 to climb to No. 32, following it up with a trip to the Valencia final to reach No. 28. Another semifinal at Rome thrust him to No. 17, and he made the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, losing to countryman Rafael Nadal there to move to 15th. Advanced to the third round of the US Open for the first time to improved to No. 13.
Competed in the Davis Cup for the first time in 2006, going 1-1 in Spain's first-round matchup against Belarus. Joined the top 10 for the first time (at No. 10) following a fourth-round appearance at the Australian Open. Also reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time. After many near misses, recorded his first tour tournament victory at Stuttgart on clay, defeating Jose Acasuso in the final.
Began 2007 with his second career title, defeating No. 7 Tommy Robredo at Auckland. Won Bastad in July over Nicolas Almagro, and followed it up with his best Grand Slam performance to date, reaching the semifinals of the US Open, triggered by a fourth-round, four-set upset of No. 2 Nadal. The run propelled him to No. 8 in the world. He moved to No. 7 a week later after winning Tokyo over Richard Gasquet. Qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup for the first time and took the field by storm, going 3-0 in round-robin play with wins over Nadal, Gasquet and Novak Djokovic, and defeating Andy Roddick in the semifinals before falling to No. 1 Roger Federer in the final.
Push had him ranked No. 5 at year's end. Won Valencia in 2008 over Almagro, reached the quarterfinals of the Australian and French Opens, then won s-Hertogenbosch. Briefly rose to No. 4 after a third-round appearance at Wimbledon, but slumped late in the season and missed the Masters Cup, falling out of the Top 10 in the process.
Dropped all the way to No. 23 by mid-2009, but fought his way back inside the Top 20 by year's end. Won Acapulco in early 2010 over Juan Carlos Ferrero for 500 points, then reached at least the semifinals of four straight clay court events, eventually rejoining the Top 10 after reaching the Beijing final in October. Won Valencia later that month over Marcel Granollers and made the ATP World Tour Finals, although he went 0-3 in round-robin play.
Began 2011 red-hot, winning Auckland over David Nalbandian and reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open, shocking No. 1 Nadal in straight sets in the quarterfinals, ending the Mallorcan's bid for four straight Grand Slam titles. Ferrer repeated at Acapulco, reached three more finals, and qualified again for the World Tour Finals, losing to Federer in the semifinals. He also won his singles match against Juan Martin Del Potro as Spain won the Davis Cup over Argentina.
Repeated as champ in Auckland to start 2012 and reached the Australian Open quarters. Won Buenos Aires (over Almagro) and Acapulco (over Fernando Verdasco) for his first back-to-back titles. Made the semifinals at Roland Garros before losing to Nadal, then won s-Hertogenbosch and Bastad. Reached the semifinals of the US Open.
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Off the Court
Is the son of Jaime and Pilar, and has an older brother named Javier, who was once the Spanish junior champion at age 13. Ferrer has kept every book he has ever read. He was born in Javia, but moved to Gandia, then to Barcelona as his tennis career took off.
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