World No. 3 David Ferrer admitted that he does not believe he has the ability to win a Grand Slam title this upcoming season. While he reached his first ever Slam final in 2013, at the French Open, he does not feel he is capable of breaking through the stranglehold of the ‘Big Four’ players. The Spaniard holds a losing record to each of the players in the Big four, including Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal and only expects matters to get harder as he continues to age.
“No I don’t think so,” Ferrer responded when asked by Sport360.com whether he could win a major in 2014. “Rafael, Novak, Andy and Roger, for the last five or six years they’re the ones. Maybe this year Roger didn’t play so good in the important moments, but I think in 2014 it’s going to be the same story for the others and that Roger can win another Grand Slam and will be better than last year.”
The Spaniard also mentioned that he believes this year could see the rise of several budding talents such as Bulgarian no. 1 Grigor Dimitrov and world no. 11 Milos Raonic.
“There are a lot of young players like (Milos) Raonic or (Grigor) Dimitrov or (Bernard) Tomic, maybe this year they can break through. They have a very good future, I don’t know if this year they’ll be in the Top 10 but they have a good future.”
Following his split with longtime coach Javier Piles, who has been alongside him for over 15 years, Ferrer has modest expectations for 2014, saying that if he remains in the top 8-10, then that would be “good” results for the season.
“I think every year it’s more difficult to be in the Top three, Top four or Top 10,” Ferrer said. “I will be 32 years old next year, and I think it’s important not to have any big injuries. My goal is to stay amongst the top players in the world, to be Top eight or Top 10 in 2014—that would be a good result for me.”