Former world no.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain played the last professional singles match of his career against his countryman and good friend Nicolas Almagro in the first round of the Valencia Open 2012 today, with Almagro prevailing 7-5 6-3.
Ferrero, who won the 2003 French Open title and reached the final there in 2002. He can also be proud of being a runner up at the 2003 US Open and was by many tennis experts considered one of the finest clay court players of all time. After the last point he got a massive ovation from the home crowd and had to fight back the tears in this very special moment for him.
Ferrero has won 16 singles titles throughout his career and captured two Davis Cup trophies with his country (in 2000 and 2004).
“I simply want to thank everyone for all their support, not just this year but throughout all the years I have played here. It’s always been a very special tournament for me and this year even more so.” said Ferrero after the match.
Top seed David Ferrer battled his way past the Belgian Olivier Rochus as he defeated him 7-5 7-5.
The Spaniard wasn’t on top form today, commiting 42 unforced errors and only managing to clinch both of the sets in the end. As he broke Rochus in the 12th game of the second set when the Belgian players was serving to stay in the match, Ferrer booked a second round ticket after 2 hours and 13 minutes of play.