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January 31,2023

David Ferrer Says He ‘Threw in the Towel’ Against Nadal

David Ferrer Roland Garros


David Ferrer believes he only has himself to blame for his loss to fellow countryman Rafael Nadal in Paris on Wednesday afternoon.

The World No. 5 began the contest at a blistering pace to snatch the opening set 6-4, but he would quickly lose focus and allow Nadal a break advantage early in the second set, and from then on, the match took a turn for the worse for Ferrer. He would go on to win just one game after dropping the second set to Nadal, and succumbed to the eight-time champion 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-0.

Ferrer blamed his attitude and on court behaviour for his loss, and stated after the match that he did not believe he maintained a high enough playing standard for a Top 10 competitor.

“Today I was not good enough for this match,” said Ferrer. “I lost my focus. I was too slow, and I think I didn’t play the game of a Top 10 [player]. This is why I’m sad. It’s my attitude, my behaviour on the court.”

“(In the second set) Rafael started playing a lot better, making fewer mistakes, and then it’s like I threw in the towel. I don’t usually do this, but I thought, I’m not going to be able to come back into the match. I thought, No, no, not against Rafa. He’s such good a player.”

With the clay court season now behind him, Ferrer will look to focus his attention on a strong grass court season.

Nadal will next face Andy Murray, whom he holds a 14-5 lead in the head-to-head series. The two recently met in the quarter-final stage in Rome, and battled for the better part of two hours in a thrilling three set encounter.

Karim Zidan
Karim Zidan
Karim Zidan is a professional sports writer focusing specifically on tennis and combat sports. Follow him on twitter @ZidanSports

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  1. It was such a sad match to watch as a spectator, because Ferrer was on fire in that first set.  I didn’t notice a different level of play from him in the second set.  Yes, Rafa upped his game in the second set, but who cares?  The third and fourth sets were just painful to watch and very out of character from Ferrer.  He is such a joy to watch!  It’s too bad.  I really thought it could have gone 5, and then who knows?

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