World No. 3 Ferrer raised his game in the last couple of weeks which will give him a boost going into the ATP World Tour Finals 2013.
Grand Slam Results
Australian Open: SF
French Open: F
US Open: QF
Auckland 250 (Hard)
Buenos Aires 250 (Clay)
After a 2012 that saw him pick up seven titles, 2013 has been disappointing on the trophy front with just two but David Ferrer (Player Profile) made up for it with his slam performances including his first final at the French Open.
Beginning the year in Doha, he lost to an inspired Nikolay Davydenko in the semi-finals, the Russian displaying tennis that week to show why he was a former top 5 player and World Tour Finals winner. He bounced back in Auckland taking the title with victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber taking momentum into the first slam of the year.
He was thankful for a mammoth Nicolas Almagro choke to make it into the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the second time in his career but was crushed by Novak Djokovic once there. The eventual champion dropped just five games against Ferrer, breaking at the first time of asking on all seven of his break point opportunities.
He moved on to South America where he had always dominated as the top clay player outside of Rafael Nadal. In what was a fairly tough draw for a 250, Ferrer defeated David Nalbandian, Tommy Robredo and Fabio Fognini to make it to the final of Buenos Aires before seeing off Stanislas Wawrinka in three sets in the final.
However, Nadal would be there to ensure Ferrer failed to defend his Acapulco title the next week. Early into his return from injury, Nadal dropped just two games in a stunning performance to defeat Ferrer.
He bounced back from a disappointing loss to Kevin Anderson in Miami to make the final in Indian Wells the week after but it was Murray who came out on top in a scrappy affair that saw a combined fifteen breaks of serve.
The road to the French Open began with a disappointing loss to Dmitry Tursunov in Barcelona. While Ferrer suffered a number of shock losses in the latter part of the season this loss was a massive surprise. Like two tournaments previous, he would make the final in Oeiras after losing his first match of the tournament before but once more he would be a losing finalist as Stanislas Wawrinka gained revenge for the Buenos Aires defeat.
Rafael Nadal defeated him in back to back quarter-finals in Rome and and Madrid and would also ensure there was no dream title for Ferrer in Paris. An outstanding run saw him make the final without losing a set, the highlight the straight sets thrashing of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who seemed overawed by the occasion. Despite taking sets in both losses to Nadal in the previous weeks, he was never in this match and would fall to a 6-3 6-2 6-3 defeat.
A first round loss to Xavier Malisse in Holland wasn’t the greatest start to the grass season but he would at least match is quarter-final from 2012 at Wimbledon. After making fairly light work of Juan Martin Del Potro at the event last year, it seemed like he would do so again in their quarter final meeting and more so after an early fall from the big Argentinian. However, Ferrer was thoroughly outplayed and would lose in straight sets.
In the back-to-back Masters events in North America, Ferrer went 1-2 with losses to Alex Bogomolov and Dmitry Tursunov – two players he would usually deal with quite easily in the past. These surprising losses would continue to occur for Ferrer and despite Richard Gasquet being a much better player than the aforementioned Russians, it was a shock to see the Frenchman come through in the US Open quarter final. Ferrer had dominated the matchup for a long time, holding an 8-1 record prior to the match at Flushing Meadows.
Asia saw Gasquet ensure that his win was no fluke with a straight sets win in Beijing while Joao Sousa and Florian Mayer both defeated Ferrer in straight sets in Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai respectively.
The return to Europe saw Ferrer find some form, making finals in the last three events of the year prior to London. Unfortunately for Ferrer, he would go 0-3 in these finals despite being top seed in two of them. Grigor Dimitrov defeated Ferrer in three sets to pick up his maiden ATP title while Mikhail Youzhny saw to Ferrer’s hopes of a fourth Valencia Open title.
Ferrer almost pulled off the most unlikely of title defences in the Paris Masters. Defeating Tomas Berdych and Rafael Nadal on his way to the final, he will feel hard done by that he didn’t even take a set off Novak Djokovic in the final having served for both sets.
Prior to the last three events of the year, it appeared that Ferrer might be on a quick decline with countless losses to lesser players in the second half of the year – when it has been his consistency against them that saw him move into the top four for the first time. It would seem there is still life in Ferrer as a top level player but whether he has a chance of winning a slam with Rafael Nadal still around at his favoured tournament is another matter.