David Ferrer Ern Gaydamak (born April 2, 1982 in Javea, Spain) is a professional tennis player from Spain. He was born in Javea, Spain and lives in Valencia, Spain. He turned professional in 2000.
Ferrer is known as a particularly dangerous clay court player, though he has had several respectable results on hard courts as well, especially his back-to-back semifinal appearances at the NASDAQ-100 Open in 2005-2006. Interestingly, his first two titles he has won have come at the expense of the same player in the final: José Acasuso. The other three were in 2007 against Tommy Robredo and Nicolas Almagro of Spain, and Richard Gasquet of France.
Ferrer, a right-handed player, broke into the top 10 in the ATP Tour singles rankings for the first time in 2006. His highest singles ranking to date is No. 6, which he first reached on 22 October 2007.
He wears Lotto Sport Italia shoes and clothes, and uses a Prince racquet. He is 5'9" tall.
Ferrer is known for his fighting spirit and unwillingness to concede defeat, as he has demonstrated several times in his career.
He was born in Javea but he moved to Gandia at age 13, followed two years later by a move to Barcelona to attend the Catalan Tennis Federation. He spent nine months at Equelite, Juan Carlos Ferrero’s Academy in Villena before moving back to Javea while practicing in Denia. He turned professional in 2000, finishing as world number 419, winning in Poland F1 and Spain F3 finishing runner-up in Spain F1. 2001 wasn't a particularly good year for him. He captured his first career Challenger title in Sopot and reached SF at Manerbio the following week. He also reached the semifinals in Spain F15 and Spain F16.
He played consistently in ATP (10-6) and Challenger (35-13) tournaments, winning his first ATP title in Bucharest (defeated Acasuso) and reaching his first ATP final in just his second ATP event in Umag (defeated Nalbandian, Coria, lost to Moyà). He won Challenger titles in Napoli, Valencia and Sassuolo. All 10 ATP match wins and 34 of 35 Challenger wins came on clay.
The highlight of this year was his defeat of Andre Agassi in R64 in Rome Masters. He made his debut at all four Grand Slam tournaments, as well as six ATP Masters Series events. At AMS Roma, he upset the defending champion Agassi in the first round (lost to Ljubicic in second round). After, David advanced to the 2nd round at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Reached his third career final in Sopot (lost to Coria). In doubles, he reached his first career final in Acapulco (with his partner Fernando Vicente). He compiled a 13-16 record on clay courts, 6-10 on hard, 1-1 on grass.
He reached the quarterfinals in Buenos Aires, Valencia and at the ATP Masters Series Hamburg (defeated No. 6 David Nalbandian, lost to Coria). After, He advanced to the semifinals in Stuttgart (l. to Gaudio). Late in the year, he advanced to the quarterfinals in Bucharest and the semis in Palermo (l. to Berdych) and Lyon (defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero, lost to Xavier Malisse).
He advanced to AMS Miami SF d. Nalbandian, Ferrero, Hrbaty, l. to Nadal. In his hometown of Valencia, he reached his lone final of the year (l. to Andreev in three sets). He advanced to the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo Masters (l. to Coria) and semifinals at AMS Roma (d. Gaudio, l. to Nadal). Made his third appearance at Roland Garros and turned in a Grand Slam-best QF, rallying from a 0-4 fifth set deficit against defending champ Gaudio in the 4th RD before losing to eventual champ Nadal. Reached New Haven semifinals (l. to Lopez). He followed with the US Open-his best result 3rd RD (l. to Hrbaty). Closed season with QF showings at AMS Madrid (d. Puerta, l. to Ginepri) and AMS Paris (l. to Roddick). Only lost once in 1st RD in nine Masters Series events while compiling a 20-9 mark. In doubles, David won first two ATP titles in Vina del Mar and Acapulco (w/Ventura). Earned a career-high $951,772.
David finished in Top 15 for second year in a row (On January, he was in Top-10 ranking) while capturing his second career ATP title in Stuttgart. Broke into Top 10 ATP Rankings for first time following a personal-best 4th round effort at Australian Open (d. Ancic, l. to Santoro) on January 30. Was in Top 10 for five weeks during year.Opened season with a quarter finals showing in Auckland (lost to Olivier Rochus). Then went 2-3 indoors, playing in 1st RD Davis Cup tie vs. Belarus, losing to Voltchkov in second rubber (won reverse dead rubber).In March, reached semi finals in Miami for second straight year (defeated No. 4 Roddick, lost to Federer). In his second clay court tournament of season at ATP Masters Series Monte-Carlo (lost to Federer). Also advanced to quarter finals at Masters Series Hamburg, falling to eventual champion Robredo. In Dusseldorf, posted wins over two Top 10 players, No. 4 Ljubicic and No. 9 Gonzalez. Reached 3rd round at Roland Garros and a career-best 4th RD at Wimbledon (d. Fernando Gonzalez in 3rd round, l. to Hewitt). In July, won second career ATP title in a five-hour Stuttgart final (In 2001, it's a Masters Series Tournament). Came back from two sets to one and a 1-5 deficit against Acasuso, saving one match point down 4-5 in the fourth set. In August, reached quarter finals at Cincinnati Masters (defeated No. 10 Baghdatis, lost to Gonzalez) and followed with 3rd round at New Haven (lost to Calleri) and U.S. Open (lost to Youzhny). Closed season with quarter finals in Basel (l. to Federer). Went 3-5 vs. Top 10 opponents and compiled records of 18-8 on clay and 17-13 on hard.
Ferrer began the year winning at Auckland, defeating Tommy Robredo in the final, 6-4, 6-2). At the Australian Open, he made it to the fourth round to lose to Mardy Fish in 5 sets. To get to the fourth round, Ferrer defeated Kristian Pless, Thomas Johansson, and Radek Stepanek). One month later, he reached the quarterfinals at Rotterdam. March and April have been his better months of the year so far, accomplishing quarterfinal finishes at Indian Wells and Monte-Carlo, reaching the fourth round in Miami, semifinals in Barcelona, and the quarterfinals in Hamburg. At Roland Garros, he had a great tournament, but Fernando Verdasco stopped him in the third round. He lost to Paul-Henri Mathieu in the 2nd round of Wimbledon. In July, he captured his second title of the year, beating Nicolás Almagro in the final of Bastad (Sweden). He advanced to quarterfinals at Masters Series Cincinnati, defeating Andy Roddick in 3rd Round.
At the U.S. Open he famously knocked out second seed and compatriot Rafael Nadal in the fourth round, in a match dominated by powerful rallies. He won 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2. He was defeated in his first Grand Slam semifinal by the No. 3 seed Novak Dokovic.
He captured his third title of the year in Tokyo, defeating Richard Gasquet in the final, 6-1 6-2. At the Paris Masters, he made it to the quarterfinals, losing to David Nalbandian6-7, 7-6, 2-6.
Ferrer qualified as the sixth seed for the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup. To begin, Ferrer upset third-seeded Djokovic 6–4, 6–4 in his first round-robin match, and then defeated second-seeded Nadal 4–6, 6–4, 6–3. He sealed his qualification to the knock-out stage by defeating eighth-seeded Richard Gasquet 6–1, 6–1. He was the only man to have a perfect record in the round-robin stage and had the best win/loss set record (6–1). Ferrer next defeated fifth-seeded Roddick in the semifinals 6–1, 6–3. In the finals, Ferrer lost to top-seeded Roger Federer 6–2, 6–3, 6–2. He then ended the year with a career high ranking of World No. 5.
Ferrer opened 2008 with a quarterfinal loss to unseeded Julian Benneteau of France in Auckland where Ferrer was seeded first. He reached the second week of the Australian Open, however, as the fifth seed, without dropping a set in the first three rounds. He then went on to defeat 22nd-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain in four sets in the fourth round, before falling to third-seeded and eventual champion Novak Djokovic 6–0, 6–3, 7–5 in the quarterfinals. On February 25, Ferrer became World No. 4 despite losing in the second round at Rotterdam.
On April 20, he captured his first ATP title of the year, and the sixth in his career, when he defeated Nicolas Almagro 4–6, 6–2, 7–6(2) in the final of the Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana. He saved three match points against Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals, and in the final, won the definitive set when he lost 5–2 in the third set, with two break points for Almagro.
Ferrer arrived at the quarterfinals in the Monte Carlo Masters, losing against the future tournament champion Rafael Nadal 6-1, 7-5 despite Ferrer having five set points in the second set. At the Torneo Godo held in Barcelona the following week, Ferrer reached the final after defeating Nicolás Lapentti, sixth-seeded Tommy Robredo, and fourteenth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka. He lost to Nadal in the final.
Ferrer made it to the quarterfinals of the French Open, matching his previous best appearance in 2005. In his first two rounds, he defeated Steve Darcis 6–3, 6–4, 6–3 and Fabrice Santoro 6–0, 6–1, 6–0. He then prevailed in two five-set matches over Lleyton Hewitt and Radek Stepanek in the third and fourth rounds, respectively. He eventually fell to local favorite Gaël Monfils, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–1.
Ferrer then began his grass court season with another title at 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. He defeated Mario Ancic and Argentine Juan Martín del Potro en route to the final, where he won 6–4, 6–2 over Frenchman Marc Gicquel. This was his seventh career title and the first on grass. With this win, he became the second Spaniard (after Nadal) to win a grass court tournament after a 36-year drought.
At Wimbledon, Ferrer was seeded fifth. In the first round, he defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky, who forfeited the match while down in sets 2–0 and up 3–1 in the third set. In the second round, Ferrer defeated Russian Igor Andreev 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2. He was then eliminated by Croatian Mario Ancic in the third round 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 7–6(3).
At the US Open, Ferrer reached the third round as the fourth seed. His run ended when he was defeated by World No. 126 Kei Nishikori 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 2–6, 7–5, which was lauded as one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.Ferrer saved five match points before losing the match.
Seeded first at the China Open in Beijing, Ferrer was defeated by Israeli Dudi Sela in the second round 6–3, 6–3.
Following a first-round bye, sixth-seeded Ferrer lost in the second round of the Madrid Masters to fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6–4, 7–6(4).