What's David Ferrer's personality like?

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  1. New Daddy

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    I'm beginning to like David Ferrer more and more. He is the kind of player that I can relate to. Not that I play at his level, but he is smaller than the average, fiercely grinds, isn't afraid of top players, and sometimes beat the top players.

    Before committing to become a fan of his, I'd like to know more about his personality. What is he like?
     
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    Very loving, likes to cuddle with puppies and small kittens, prefers Hagen Daz ice cream, likes sweet n low over real sugar, a mild fashionista bordering on traditional, drinks clear liquors, hates to wash his face more than twice a day.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    ...and rides a life-sized My Little Pony to work each day called 'Muster'.
     
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    Quiet, he doesn't speak much outside of Spanish, girlfriend is a cute optometrist.
     
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    After losses, he's gone through more packs of cigarettes than Mathieu has squandered match points. This habit's been consigned to the past though, if you believe his coach.

    Has been known to exhibit a refreshing candour on court when airing views on subjects like the opposite sex, and babies(specifically, the presence of babies at matches).

    Counts Andy Roddick amongst his admirers: "He's a guy people should know more about", said the three-time Wimbledon finalist.
     
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    I heard that Muster was taught to purr...like a little ball of fur...
     
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    He dislikes babies.
     
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    Never heard something bad of Ferrer except for the "baby thing"
     
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    Maybe you shouldn't take something like this so seriously.

    You either like the guy or you don't...
     
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  10. Bobby Jr

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    I've seen him practising in lead-up tournaments to the Aussie Open the past couple of years and he's seemed totally pleasant and happy to talk to fans after practice. He's also often pretty funny in post-match interviews.
     
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    That was taken way out of proportion. He didn't even hit the ball anywhere close to that baby. But it was huge news on American media and gave him a somewhat controversial name for about a day.

    Was this really a big deal anywhere else in the world? Because sometimes I feel our media takes things way too seriously and reports mundane stories that aren't really what they make it seem.
     
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    Seriously? You're just a fan, not on match.com.
     
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    David Ferrer's personality -

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    Bookish, quiet, smart from what I've heard
     
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    He's very submissive. Here he is acting as a passive lapdog for his pal, Rafael Nadal, just recently on the courts of Indian Wells - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMrV52tF7Zw

    He constantly feeds him pleasantly paced ball for Nadal to beat up on, giving his friend the best possible chances to find form and win the Indian Wells tournament. Overall, I'd say he's generous and hospitable.
     
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    When he is under pressure, he is prone to go off on sexist tirades.
     
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    He's a nice guy. What, does everyone have to be Djokovic and do impressions and beat their chest like dushbags for people to like them? He seems pretty cool. Also there's nothing wrong with wanting to know more about a player's personality, to all those who are too cool for school and making fun of the OP.

    Here's a couple of interviews.

    In English:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Xmd1-UZhLk&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr-xBIySmLY&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2Ofwvkmgbk

    In Spanish:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOhvrLiDPXA&feature=related
     
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  18. monfed

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    True, but he doesn't need to be monosyllabic either. :lol:
     
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    okay so where do i sign up ?
     
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    Be sure not to use your current profile pic when you sign up. David prefers the more traditional calm, cool kind of look.
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    Made some very gracious comments about Fernando Gonzalez after playing and beating him a couple of weeks ago.
    Didn't have to make them.
    Nice guy, top competitor.
     
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    Anyone who so clearly likes dogs is ok in my book.
     
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    Yep. His mother is a teacher and he got his love of books from her. He started reading very young and he reads voraciously to this day.

    He likes cats too. Has two of them. But says he's looking forward to getting a dog when he's done playing tennis.
     
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  26. mattennis

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    Ferrer is a funny guy. He is very humble and down to earth guy as well.

    He knows he is not Sampras or Federer or McEnroe. He knows what his strenghts are and he works very hard on his game and fitness.

    He is a very good long distance runner and have great and very strong legs.

    Perhaps he lacks a bit of self-belief when playing Federer or Nadal in the most important points.

    He is 0-12 against Federer (Roger has too much variety for David), but even the few matches that were close (Hamburg'07, Cincinnati'09 and Madrid'10 ), in the last games of the last set he lacked a bit of self-belief. But again, Federer's game is too much for David, too many weapons and variety.

    He is 4-13 against Nadal ( 1-10 on clay ). On clay he only beat Nadal the very first time, when Nadal was 18 years old. The other 10 times on clay he just can not defeat Nadal. He will fight, as always, even sometimes the matches look tight, close for a while, but at the end Nadal always has another gear and ends up winning more or less easily on clay (but well, Nadal is possibly the best clay court player of the Open Era alongside Borg). They are 3-3 on hard courts and you can feel even Nadal knows perfectly that on hard courts Ferrer is a very big fight for him.

    He is 5-7 against Djokovic ( 3-1 on clay ) and that is a very good head-to-head for David. Djokovic usually beats him fair and square on hard, but even there, you have the feeling that David is always trying and not too far away.

    He is 4-5 against Murray ( 3-0 on clay ) and similar to the previous case, though Murray usually beats him fair and square on hard, you have the feeling that David will never stop trying and sometimes he comes close.

    He is 3-2 against Del Potro, 1-1 against Tsonga, 5-3 against Berdych ( 3-2 on clay and 2-1 on hard ).

    All in all, David Ferrer is a totally deserved nº5 player in the world right now.

    Many people don't give him credit at all, but as you can see, he is very competitive everywhere (he has 14 titles, 8 on clay, 5 on hard, 1 on grass), he has made SF at the US OPEN and at the Australian Open, 2 QF at RolandGarros, several R16 in Wimbledon, he got to the Final of the WTF'07 (and has played that elite tournament three times), and has good head-to-head against anyone but Federer and Nadal (not a big sin).

    He has been finalist in three M-1000 : Rome'10 (lost to Nadal), MonteCarlo'11 (lost to Nadal) and Shanghai'11 (lost to Murray).

    It would be very nice for him to achieve at least one of the following things:

    1) A M-1000 title.
    2) A GS Final (or title, but that is maybe too much).
    3) A victory over Roger Federer (or over prime Nadal on clay).

    He is 29 years old but his fitness is amazing as always.

    He needs a bit more self-belief, confidence. When he beat Nadal, Djokovic and Gasquet in the RR of the WTF'07, and then defeated Roddick in the SF, previous to the Final (against Federer) he said he felt as if he didn't belong there, as if he didn't deserve to be there, against Federer.

    It is not bad to be humble and down to earth, but sometimes you need more confidence, even boldness.

    You see Nadal, all this "humbleness" and that, but really inside himself Nadal probably thinks he is the best tennis player ever and that is why he is so pissed off when he loses against anyone (Federer feels that way too).
     
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    on his wikipedia page they said he was locked in a closet by his coach as punishment, this could have some long term effect to explain why he is quiet

    "As a teenager, if Ferrer did not practice hard enough, his coach, Javier Piles, would often lock him in a completely dark 2m x 2m ball closet for several hours, sometimes giving him only a piece of bread and a bit of water."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Ferrer
     
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    I'm not a huge fan of his game, but the guy is adorable. Very hard-working player, very humble and donw-to-earth. There are only good things to say about him. And I love his consistency. If some player gives you the feeling that he was able to get the best from his talent, it's him.
     
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    I love Ferrer's movement, he is like a ninja on the court. His general style and demeanour is also pretty 'bad ass'.
     
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    The only guy who delivers beatdowns while having smoked a pack of cigs before the match.
     
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    You are spot on but he really prefers Ben and Jerrys, traditional vanilla flavor with chocolate fudge topping. And..., he breaks rackets in court but just for fun.
     
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    Has he done it more than once? I saw one incident where he was making sexist remarks to a female umpire after she gave him some sort of penalty. Not cool at all IMO.
     
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    He seems very down to earth, really.
     
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    He does seem down to earth, a down to earth sexist maybe? :twisted:
     
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    There was an incident where Ferrer made sexist comments to a female umpire when she warned him and ultimately gave him a penalty. He said, and I am paraphrasing, "what do you know, you are only a woman."

    It is on YouTube.
     
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  38. Dilettante

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    What has that to do with being down to earth or not? Didn't you say any stupid thing in some moments of distress/anger in your whole life? Did it make you a rockstar or something?
     
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    It has nothing to do with the fact that he is down to earth. I was just saying he may be down to earth but he is a sexist.

    Yes, I have said lots of stupid things in anger but to me a person who says what Ferrer said makes him a sexist and to me one is either a sexist or one is not, there is no in between. A man would never say that if he respected women, that is my opinion.
     
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    Lol nah. I am only familiar with that one incident. He sounded like an idiot. It was about as stupid as Roddick getting overly technical with the lines judge over a foot fault at USO 2010.
     
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    My opinion is that on these boards seems to be a kind of puritanism that I find pretty laughable.

    As soon as a player does anything less than angelically perfect he/she is subject to moral criticism from people that was expecting the smallest opportunity to throw some mud, people I bet are probably not much better in most cases.

    I think the best example of this attitude in these boards is criticism to Nadal, but many players have been object of this kind of overpious judgement, from Roddick to Sharapova. Oddly enough, similar attitudes are considered "cool" when they come from players like Safin.

    Ferrer, is he sexist? I don't know and I don't give a damn, I'm not his wife neither is my sister. But I seriously doubt you've never said worst stuff in your life... only difference is nobody was there with a camera.

    I just said Ferrer seems down to earth, so if you want to contradict that, throw some reasonings. Playing the moral inquisitor won't convince me.



    Side note for the rest: Ahhh, from time to time is good to have a good stupid argument.
     
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    When Ferrer opined that chicas can do nada, my dreams of seeing him become a multi-slam champion in mixed doubles dissolved like so many pillars of sand.
     
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    I did not say anything about Ferrer's moral character. He maybe a top notch guy, I don't know. He is not Hitler just because of that tirade, but there is nothing wrong with saying that it was a rather stupid thing to say. Overall, Roddick sounds like a smart and well-spoken guy off the court. In his oncourt tantrums, he sounds like an idiot ("Hey Kids! Stay in school so you don't end up being an umpire!") . That is not any form of puritanism, I am just stating the obvious.

    I agree though about your point on Safin. When 18 year old Ryan Harrison smashes a racquet- "OMG. WTF. Stupid spoiled American Brat!" (There are a million other players for whom this is true)

    When Safin does it---"OMG! Soo badass. Next 007. He is a playboy. Most talented player ever. "
     
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    Great to see that he is capable of changing his facial expressions. He always seems to have the same look.
     
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    You may not give a damn if he is sexist and that is your right, but others may not feel the same way as you and may find it more reprehensible.

    Ferrer may be down to earth but what does that have to do with whether he is sexist or not? Two separate things. Who cares if playing the moral inquisitor won't convince you, nobody has to convince you of anything. This is a tennis forum where opinions are given related to tennis and tennis players.
     
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    Met him at the AO this year, really sweet guy, was very nice to my 12 year old who worships him (Liam is also an undersized grinder!), signed a hat, hit a few balls with him, just all round nice guy.

    His English isn't that bad, he just needs a second to work out what he wants to say which makes him seem a bit dull in press conferences.
     
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    He looks like Quagmire....... Giggity!!
     
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    He looks like Prince Farquaad...

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    In that "incident" what Ferrer said to the woman umpire was that men usually use strong and bad words more than women, i.e. that men usually swear and use rude words more than woman do, and she warned him because of that, because she was a woman and maybe a man would not have seen it (the words he was saying) that bad.
     
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