David Ferrer is better than Berdych, Tsonga and Del Potro

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  1. Steve0904

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    Just FYI. Tsonga beat Murray at the 2008 AO, so hardly an important one there, but his win over Djoker came at the 2010 AO. That one can't be totally discounted even though Djoker's 2010 was bad and 2011 was the start of his best years.

    Berdych has never beaten Fed at the FO. He has done it at Wimbledon though. And Ferrer's win over Nadal at the USO came in 2007.
     
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    Thanks. I knew Berdych beat Fed twice at Slams, but for some reason thought it was the French instead of Wimbledon, in addition to the USO. I'll correct my post.
     
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    To the OP, you are comparing the 5-8 rank players who are supposed to get to quarters of tournaments.

    Please pose a question to Federer, Nadal, Murray and Novak as to whom they like to meet in the quarters out of these 4 and you will get the answer.

    In fact the top 4 will prefer Ferrer for the round of 16 as opposed to meeting Wawrinka, Cilic, Raonic or Isner.

    As much i respect Ferrer for his hard work or consistency, it is really SHAMEFUL that he is at No 5 with no wins against the top 4.
     
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  4. Onehandedbackhand

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    No wins against the top 4? Really?

    More like 14.
     
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    when was the last time he beat the top 4 at a major without counting the time when Nadal was injured.
     
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    You mean, like, BP has a winning head to head against Fed, thus he is better than him? Sorry, head to head is a useful tiebreaker, but it's not the end all and BE all. If you ask most pros if they would be ranked consistently high for most of a career, but never even reach a Slam final, let alone win one, or be up and down but have a US Open, I suspect a majority of them would take the title.
     
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    Had Ferrer played 10 years ago, maybe a couple of GS could be won. However he's up against all these great players (esp. baseliners) and that's why he's not as revered as some of the others
     
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  8. Onehandedbackhand

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    Doesn't matter...Nadal went out there. He could've retired and made it easy. Ferrer won.
     
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    better no, better work ethic yes, better consistency yes but not better overall.
     
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    Ok, when was the last time he beat Fed, Novak and Murray at a major ?
     
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    Consistency wise, yes. Results wise, not so much.

    Del Potro's slam win puts him ahead of Ferrer in that category even despite the desparity in overall titles won.

    Berdych has h2h wins over Fed at slams, and reached a slam final.

    Tsonga same thing as Berdych.
     
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    ferrer has been top 10 last 3 years 2010-12..and in 2007 i think.
     
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    I think way too many people here are putting too much stock into the fact that Berdych, Tsonga, and Delpo can beat the top 4 on a good day. I can understand someone putting Delpo over Ferrer historically, but if we're talking about levels right now, and consistency Ferrer trumps even him. He got hot for one tournament and has shown nowhere near that level since. How someone can put Berdych or Tsonga over Ferrer in any way is beyond me to be brutally honest. Neither of them have won a slam and they only have 2 RUP between them. I personally do not rate 1 RUP for Tsonga and Berdych better than the 5 or so SF's that Ferrer has. A RUP result is great, but it's not even close to winning a slam, however the difference between being a RUP and a SF is pretty minimal IMO.

    It's like Ricky Bobby said: "If you're not first you're last!

    Lets not also forget that Ferrer has 2 wins over Nadal in slams, and if we're taking away his 2011 AO win, we have to take away Berdych's 2010 Wimbledon win over Fed giving him a grand total of 1 win over 2010 Djokovic on his worst surface, which Ferrer then has matched with his win over 2007 Nadal at his worst slam.

    And if we're taking away that win for Ferrer in regards to Tsonga, then Tsonga himself only has 2 wins over the top 4 considering his win over Murray came at the 2008 AO, and his win over Djokovic came when he was ill. But even if we "count" all of Tsonga's wins he still has no slams, and it's not like any of Tsonga, Berdych, or Delpo can beat the top 4 with any regularity at all.

    Ferrer has been much more consistent ranking wise, he has more titles, a winning H2H against all 3 of them, made more WTF's (??), and he's at least on par with all 3 of them at said WTF's.
     
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    More talented, no. Better, yes.
     
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    That's a great way to put it. Simple.
     
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    The fact is Ferrer has a very high standard of play compared to most of those guys apart from on their best days, when they can match him. Look at how he runs around Delpo in this match-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Pf77CipVCc

    He plays aggressive to Delpo's backhand, often wrong footing him and when he gets time to wind up for it, his forehand is a very powerful shot indeed.

    Similarly, despite being short, his serve is pretty damn good. He frequently averages around 15-20 aces in a match, and his average serve speed is around the same as Federers.

    His footwork, footspeed and defense are probably, bar Djoker, the best in the world, and his all round level of play fully justifies his number 4 ranking. Tsonga and co, on their best days, are lucky to match his level of play on an average day for him.
     
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  18. Chanwan

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    precisely this
     
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  19. Chanwan

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    Great points. The thing with Delpo though is we've only really seen a few months of his peak. He hasn't reached his 2009 heights since and might never.
     
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  20. NadalAgassi

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    The thing is I dont think anyone (other than a few Del Potro homers) questions Ferrer is the best of these 4 players right now, and is currently the 5th best player in the World. Just like he is currently a way better player than Lleyton Hewitt and has been for atleast 7 years now, but career wise Hewitt is still way greater and probably always will be (ok I know that is a more extreme example).

    The OP though seems to be implying even considering whole careers he will go down as the greatest and best of these 4 if all retire now. This is not true. Del Potro`s slam title clearly puts him above Ferrer. Someone like Murray had a strong case to be over Del Potro (and for me was already) even before he won his 1st slam, but not Ferrer. It is iffy at best if Ferrer should even be considered better overall than Berdych or Tsonga when both guys reached a slam final and in general have bigger wins than he does, and all 3 have only 1 Masters, and all reached the top 5 but none the top 3 as far as rankings go I believe. That Ferrer is the best of those players right now, doesnt mean he is overall the best of them. He definitely isnt, and might still be the weakest of them overall at this point.
     
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    after today's heroic performance from davydenko, i guess it puts him right above berdych, tsonga and del potro......
     
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    Correct. And he really not only flys a bit under the radar, but he doesn't get enough activity in the forums -- either does Tipsarevic I've noticed. I also think he's fantastic. But Ferrer -- wow! Just goes to show how good these guys really are at the top to keep him from winning even more titles / slam.
     
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  23. tennispro492

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    Also, Ferrer is better than Nadal is playing at the moment. Ferrer to win FO 2013
     
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    That's my point though. He is unquestionably better than Berdych or Tsonga career wise IMO. You're in a slam to win it. There's little difference to me in a RUP and a SF, and who cares if Berdych or Tsonga have "better" wins than Ferrer. They didn't win those slams where they upset 1 top guy even 2, but couldn't get the job done so it doesn't matter. At least not to me.
     
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  25. Flash O'Groove

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    I agree with you. RUP is better than SF, but he has more titles than Berdych and Tsonga combined! Winning smaller tournaments is underrated. There is few players who have more than 15 titles. Most of them are great players who are also multiple slam/master 1000 winner, for whom winning a 250 or a 500 is not very difficult. But for players like Ferrer or in some extent Davydenko, who have less margin against the other players, it is a great achievement to be consistent enough to win so many titles.

    Ferrer has a better career than Tsonga and Berdych. He has won more money than them, too.
     
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    Exactly my point, People underestimate the value of 250 and 500 events. Ferrer at his best will double bagel Berd and Delpo with ease, and is by far the superior player.
     
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    No, I don't think so. Ferrer best level might be inferior than Tsonga or Berdych best level (although I'm not certain: it's not because he had less success against Fed that his peak is below theirs: match-up issue).

    The main difference between him and them is that he can often play at his best level, when they can't. And that's damn important in tennis!

    Here are the "bad" loss of these three in slam since 2010:

    Tsonga: Youzhny, Dolgo, Stan, Nishikori, Klizan. He lost 3 time before R4- He reached 3 SF.

    Berdych: Korolev, Llodra, Robert, Fish, Tipsarevic, Gulbis. He lost 5 time before the 4th round! He reached 2 SF and 1 F.

    Ferrer: Baghdatis, Melzer, Verdasco, Monfils. He lost twice before the R4. He made 4 SF.

    I'm sure it is even more in favor of Ferrer in master 1000.
     
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  28. Amelie Mauresmo

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    I agree that Del Potro's slam puts him above Ferrer because Ferrer despite his incredible consistency has not reach a slam final. Ferrer has beaten Nadal and Murray in slams but he still has not gotten to a slam final or won a grand slam and that's what hurts his career in the end. Can Ferrer win a slam? He needs to prove it.

    Del Porto did the impossible he beat Nadal and Federer back to back to win the US OPEN in 2009 at the tender age of 21. People need to remember Del Potro is still young he still has time to become a great player. Also remember, Del Potro is only 24 years old I wonder why people forget this? Del Potro is the youngest player in the ATP top 10 he still has time to become a great player. Del Potro's wrist injury hurt him physically but also psychologically he's back in the top 10 which is great. Del Potro is also starting to beat the best players again he knocked off Federer twice last year even defeating him in his hometown of Basel which was huge. I think Del Potro should be left out of being compared to Ferrer he's too young. Ferrer is also 31 years of age while Del Potro is only 24.
     
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  29. Andres

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    Hahaha, whaaaat? :lol: :lol:

    He played 19 matches this year, had 56 aces and 30 double faults. That is LESS than 3 aces a match and 1.5 double faults.

    Edit: He only had ONE match with 15 aces this year, and it was a 5 SETTER at the Australian Open. Against the return-of-serve-god that is Almagro.
     
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    If you're a fan of any of the Big 4, please rate these players in an order that would reflect who you would least want to see your favorite guy play against in a slam match.

    Ferrer
    Delpo
    Tsonga
    Berdych
    Tipsarevic
    Gasquet
    Raonic
    Isner
    Nishikori
    Wawrinka
     
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  31. NadalAgassi

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    You are purely delusional. Federer and Nadal at their best arent even double bageling Berdych and Del Potro (when they are far from theirs) and Federer and Nadal at their best at twice the player Ferrer will ever be. You clearly are way overboard with your Ferrer hardon. He is the 5th best player in the World today in a field that majorly lacks depth outside the top 4, but at best he is a poor mans Lleyton Hewitt.
     
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  32. Onehandedbackhand

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    Tennis pro, I'm a big fan of Ferrer, and I know better than to say something that crazy.

    He's better, but double bagel? Djoker faces qualies in first rounds and it's usually 3 and 2.
     
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  33. NadalAgassi

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    Also Ferrer is not better than everyone say Djokovic at running and defense as the delusional OP stated. A healthy Nadal is easily better than Ferrer at both, on every single surface, and by a mile on grass or clay. Federer most of his career was, not sure now as he has lost some speed and defensive capatilities with age (while Ferrer amazingly has not). Murray except for clay is easily better in both as well. He is better than everyone not in the top 5 at those things, but that and mental focus, and consistency, are really the only things he has over the players ranked below him.
     
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    Ferrer, quite simply, has the sickest consistency of any player outside the top 4 that I've ever seen. He doesn't blow crazy leads, he doesn't have a shot that fails him, he doesn't make stupid errors, none of that. Even if it took a Rafa injury to get him to 4, he deserves it.

    He just has to believe he can beat bigger names, and he doesn't have that. I think he'd be so damned dangerous if he had that belief at all because his consistency is ridiculous.

    But he is what he is, and people need to realize that.
     
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    From this era, I believe Roddick was more consistent than Ferrer in terms of getting through matches and going quite deep into slams/big tournaments. Even in matches too; Although he's blown some leads, he's actually got far enough to blow leads against Federer (and that Gasquet one lol) whilst Ferrer plainly gets crushed when he loses.
     
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    If you can read he said outside the top 4. Roddick was top 4 when he was playing well consistently.
     
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    He meant 'top 4' as in Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray - because Ferrer is currently occupying 4th spot.
     
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    I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Del Potro win more overall titles than Ferrer. He's at 14 and he's only 24, while Ferrer has six more and is six years older. It remains to be seen if he'll win another slam, but I'd be surprised if he doesn't at least win a Masters.
     
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    Ferrer owns Delpo and Berdych... Of the two, i think Berdych has teh best chance of challenging* him.

    It's not clear enough with Tsonga exactly how much Ferrer dominates him... if i was a betting man, i think Ferrer will show us how many holes there are in Tsonga's game... even though i love Tsonga. I think he needs to show he can beat Ferrer in order to break into the top half of the top 10.

    Ferrer is the acid test... Machine.



    * Want to know how to beat Ferrer without being a multi-slam winner? Watch Nikolay Davydenko. He takes time away from David with each stroke, plays aggressive, works the angles and controls the court positioning, comes in... i.e. real tennis.
     
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    Beat Murray at the French Open Quarter Finals
     
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    Well, there's clearly at least one person he is NOT better than; what a disgraceful "effort" today, and I use that term very loosely. In fact, the way that all the Spaniards almost invariably lay down like $5 crack 'hoes vs BP is even more of a disgrace. Guess the memo came down to boost his confidence....
     
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    You mean he plays the same game as Ferrer? Yes he does, just Davydenko is a better on-the-rise hitter and can hit a little harder. Both guys play only a couple of feet behind the baseline, neither of them ever slice, come to the net or hit big serves. Drop shots are rare even on clay.
     
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    Considering what happened in the Acapulco final this is just priceless
     
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  44. NadalAgassi

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    Ferrer is never winning a slam anywhere. Even at Roland Garros he has no hope vs any of Nadal, Djokovic, or Federer, and there is no hope to avoid both Nadal and Djokovic at the event. In a hard court slam he has no hope vs Djokovic, Murray, or Federer. I wont even get started on Wimbledon. It would take a Miracle on Ice scenario for Ferrer to ever win a major. Atleast Berdych or Tsonga could pull it off as they can beat anyone, well maybe not Nadal or Djokovic for Berdych but maybe he could beat Djokovic again on grass and win a Wimbledon if he avoids Nadal. Del Potro already has.
     
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    Watch Ferrer Vs. Federer and then watch Davydenko Vs. Federer... Davydenko's game is much more aggressive and he comes into the court a lot more often than Ferrer even against a very aggressive player. You won't find davydenko volleying much, but you will see him hitting groundstroke winners from just behind the service line often and not because he got a surprise shot ball, but because he's moving in on his opponents shots, one by one. His natural position is on the baseline moving forward so he can hit angles and open up the court or tee off of a good ball, whereas Ferrer's natural position is a step behind the baseline, defending until he sees an opening to hit longer balls and force and error or get a winner after pinning his opponent to one side of the court/behind the baseline.

    Ferrer plays high % tennis. Davydenko goes for winners much more. He's closer to an aggassi than a ferrer in style.

    Davydenko is a baseliner, but he's no pusher/grinder/counterpuncher like Murray, Ferrer or Djokovic... He's an aggressive baseliner. Even now at 31 (or so) and plagued with injuries.
     
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    LOL.

    At the moment he is a better player and deserves the #5 ranking.

    But Tsonga, Del Potro and Berdych are better players. Higher peak game and better career. It's pretty obvious.
     
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    I think his ranking speaks for itself but, yeah, he's like really good.
     
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  48. Onehandedbackhand

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    If they are better players, why can't they beat him?
     
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    Berdych and JDMP are a bad match up for Ferrer. But most of Ferrer wins against Del Potro came last year (as I said, Ferrer is atm the best of them). The 2 times they played after DP broke through and before he had the injury, he won them in straights. Still, Ferrer leads the H2H fair and square, not an excuse.

    Anyway, it's irrelevant, Hrbaty has a positive H2H against Federer and Nadal. Is he the better player? No. Santoro is better than Safin? No. Roddick is better than Djokovic?? etc, etc, etc.
     
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    They are more talented than Ferrer, but not better...big difference
     

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