David Ferrer looks likely to play his last ever singles match on Wednesday evening when he plays Alexander Zverev in the night session in Madrid. Ferrer announced his retirement a while back, planning to finish at his home tournament following a period of struggling on the tour.
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Zverev is in dire need of a good tournament after a disappointing clay season so far. He is just 3-4 on the year with losses to Christian Garin, Fabio Fognini, Jaume Munar and Nicolas Jarry. While the loss to Fognini doesn’t look so bad in retrospect, it is still a match he should have expected to win along with the other 3. The defending champion dropped to number four in the rankings after Munich and may make his chances of success in Paris fall even further if he drops out of the top 4.
Ferrer battled his way past fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut to earn this match. Having won two matches in Barcelona and held his own against Nadal in the third, he is in some of the better form of recent times despite being outside the top 100.
Ferrer actually has an admirable record against the German, going 3-4 with a win as mostly recently as March in Miami. However, the defending champion is in dire need of a win but will need to fight hard against an opponent who has going to have all the love of the crowd on Wednesday night. “It’s a difficult match ahead of me. I don’t think about that. I’m trying to enjoy the moment I have right now… I want to be with my family and try to enjoy as much as possible the time that I have to play in this centre court. And tomorrow I have another opportunity and I’ll go out there to try to enjoy every single feeling that I might experience out there.” he said.
Prediction – Alexander Zverev in three sets