Anyone care to describe Ferrer's game?

Chyeaah

Professional
As the title says. I don't expect this thread to go far but i need a brief explanation of his game since i can hardly find any videos except for highlights.
 

niff

Legend
Classic grinder. Should be called the wall. His serve has improved in the last few years. Hates grass with a passion.
 
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Chyeaah

Professional
... In 3 months right before Tennis Selections, I am training to get this game. I'm not quite tall so i can't do crap. 1.69m @ 15 Y/O started Puberty last year, hoping to grow to 178 =D

His forehand doesn't seem lethal though does it? he doesn't seem to hit many winners. His serve is quite good for a player at 1.75 it's better than nadals (? not too sure but quite sure) horrible serve.
 
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roundiesee

Hall of Fame
To me he basically has no weaknesses, such a great percentage player. In some ways, he is even "worse" than Nadal (the present Nadal, not the younger version :) ) in that almost every ball you hit comes back. What a toll that would take on his poor opponents.
 

Chyeaah

Professional
To me he basically has no weaknesses, such a great percentage player. In some ways, he is even "worse" than Nadal (the present Nadal, not the younger version :) ) in that almost every ball you hit comes back. What a toll that would take on his poor opponents.
He has shown me that hard work pays off. If only he was taller 185, he would be monstrous and give No.1 a run for his money.
 

Deodorant

Rookie
He's fast and a retriever. Forces you to make a winner or error. Also just letting you know, he used to be a construction worker.
 

ben123

Professional
Is it true that he started at the age of 15. Bravo to him then =D

http://www.livetennisaction.com/david-ferrer
mh i think this must be false. even in the wikipedia links its said he had already smth to do with specal tennis camps at the age of 13

edit: 1min google search

David began playing tennis early, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Javier (a former Spanish junior champion and now successful teaching pro). While David’s parents Jamie and Pilar had no background in tennis, they were certainly supportive of his efforts.
in spanish it says that he began playing tennis at age 8
A los ocho años comenzó a jugar al tenis con su padre y con hermano mayor, Javier, que llegó a ser profesional (ganó el campeonato de España infantil) y que actualmente es entrenador en el Club de Javea.
http://en.davidferrer.com/?page_id=362
 
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niff

Legend
mh i think this must be false. even in the wikipedia links its said he had already smth to do with specal tennis camps at the age of 13
http://tennisviewmag.com/pastissuearticle/david-ferrer-silent-but-deadly/

Tough Love: When he was younger, Ferrer’s coach, Javier Piles, would lock him in a broom cupboard as punishment for not trying hard enough. “When he didn’t want to work I would lock him up in a dark room of two by two meters and I would put a lock on it so he couldn’t get out,” Piles says. “It was the room where we would store the tennis balls. I would tell him that his working schedule was from 9 to 12 and that if he didn’t want to work he would remain there – punished. I would give him a piece of bread and a bottle of water through the bars of a small window. After a few minutes we would hear David asking other trainers from the club for some help to get out but we wouldn’t pay any attention.”

First job: At age 17, Ferrer gave up on tennis and took a job on a construction site. “I wanted to quit tennis, but I didn’t give up going out with my friends, so my father told me that if I needed money to have fun, I should make it working,” Ferrer says. One week of lifting heavy bricks for hours (and a weekly paycheck of only 30 Euros!) soon drove him back to training. “I think in a week I learned to value many things. That is something difficult to achieve when you are 17 and have doubts about your future.” He begged Piles to take him back and since then, the two have been inseparable. Ferrer regards Piles as family.
 

kiki

Banned
As the title says. I don't expect this thread to go far but i need a brief explanation of his game since i can hardly find any videos except for highlights.
Boring.The 2000´s version of Solomon.It is like those car brands that relaunch a model 30 yrs after the extintion of the original one.
 

keithfival

Professional
Kind of surprised he hasn't gotten to a slam final once or twice since he can be so steady and a good returner with fantastic defense and a pretty low risk game. I think he gets a little tight in some big matches.
 

veroniquem

Bionic Poster
Grinding, tenacious with a master's degree in retrieving. Doesn't get tired, runs after everything but all being said, not a very inspiring tennis style.
 

kiki

Banned
he is the best definition of a " Blue Collar worker" which translates into " Upper classs ( world´s nº 5) journeyman" ( therefore, not a contender for slams)
 

MarinaHighTennis

Professional
Great at moving and placing the ball. Good all court player as he rushes the net when running the guy. Great touch but maybe too cute in his finishing bc he always goes for drop volley
 

Lsmkenpo

Hall of Fame
One of if not the best returner in the game, he isn't just a grinder, he can and does take the ball early and can dictate play. He has a really good inside out forehand and can hit sharp angles with it.

Have seen him play many times in person, not at all boring to watch, he doesn't dilly dally around, he is all business and gets down to it.
 

Clay lover

Hall of Fame
I don't know why everybody is calling him a grinder. Those probably have never seen him play and assume him to be one as he is short. His forehand can be very aggressive on hardcourts. I respect his game a lot.
 
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Bjorn99

Hall of Fame
Uhh, anyone besides me find this to be very, very, very creepy?


Tough Love: When he was younger, Ferrer’s coach, Javier Piles, would lock him in a broom cupboard as punishment for not trying hard enough. “When he didn’t want to work I would lock him up in a dark room of two by two meters and I would put a lock on it so he couldn’t get out,” Piles says. “It was the room where we would store the tennis balls. I would tell him that his working schedule was from 9 to 12 and that if he didn’t want to work he would remain there – punished. I would give him a piece of bread and a bottle of water through the bars of a small window. After a few minutes we would hear David asking other trainers from the club for some help to get out but we wouldn’t pay any attention.”

I will also note that this guy must either have the best steroids known to man, or the best massage therapists in the business, OR BOTH. I honestly cannot believe this guy is STILL playing. His grinding is beyond top end human threshold. I am more suspect of him than any other pro tennis player. But I do find him entertaining, for that very reason.
 

tacou

G.O.A.T.
I think only 1 person mentioned how early he takes the ball. That's one of the biggest reasons for his success
 

sonicare

Hall of Fame
Ferrer is my hero. Prevented the rafa slam which could have caused a nuclear explosion on this very board.
 

rk_sports

Hall of Fame
guess his style is counter-puncher

imo, sometimes these labels are misleading...you could say that Novak was a counter-puncher too...but transformed into something else...in the same way, Ferrer transformed adapting an aggressive style taking balls on the rise...improved serve...extraordinary fitness...but has no real weapons...closest player that has a similar style is Davidenko (at their best form, Davy is still better)
 
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