What happened to Juan Carlos Ferrero at the French Open?

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  1. Down_the_line

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    Between Kuerten and Nadal, Ferrero was the king of clay courts and as you can imagine his best Slam was the French Open. What's curious is that after his victory at Roland Garros in 2003, his results there went down the gutter.

    His first four appearances at the French Open:

    2000 - Semifinals, lost to Gustavo Kuerten

    2001 - Semifinals, lost to Gustavo Kuerten

    2002 - Final, lost to Albert Costa

    2003 - Won title, defeated Martin Verkerk


    After that, he played the tournament every year until 2012, except 2011, and never advanced past the 3rd round! After experiencing so much success at the French Open right from the get go in his career, and clay being his best surface, why was he so terrible there after winning the title?
     
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    2004 - injuries, 2005 he lost against Safin at FO which wasn't that bad, but from 2006 on-wards he was just not the same.
     
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    Ferrero contracted chicken pox in March 2004, and then got injured. The dynamics of Ferrero as a tennis player were never the same again.
     
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    It's too bad because not many players start off their career at a particular Slam with a bang the way Ferrero did. Obviously, there's Nadal, Becker etc., but that's why I said not many.
     
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  5. Gizo

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    Ferrero was excellent on clay from 2000-2003, and it's a shame that like so many talented players on clay, he couldn't maintain that for a big longer due to illness, injuries etc.

    His R4 demolition of that year's Rome champion Mantilla en-route to his 2003 title, was just an amazing clay court masterclass. The best performance of his career I think.
     
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    Ferrero was a talented player cut down by injuries, the first of Federer's contemporaries to suffer that fate. He was followed in that regard by Safin and Hewitt.

    He was developing some real hardcourt game as well. Making the finals of the USO and then the Semi's of the AO.
     
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