176 Facts About David Ferrer

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David Ferrer Ern is a Spanish former professional tennis player.

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David Ferrer holds the distinction of winning the most matches on the ATP Tour without having won a major, passing Brian Gottfried who held this record for 32 years.

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David Ferrer turned professional in 2000 and was regarded as a clay-court specialist in his early career, winning 13 of his 27 titles on the surface.

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David Ferrer was part of the Spanish Davis Cup team that won the title in 2008,2009, and 2011.

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David Ferrer won the 2012 Paris Masters, and was runner-up at six other Masters tournaments as well as the 2007 Tennis Masters Cup.

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David Ferrer is widely considered one of the best players not to have won a Grand Slam tournament.

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David Ferrer first achieved a top-10 ranking in 2006 and reached a career-high ranking of world No 3 in July 2013.

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David Ferrer retired in 2019, competing for the last time at his home tournament of Madrid.

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David Ferrer was born in Xabia in the province of Alicante, but he moved to Gandia at age thirteen, followed two years later by a move to Barcelona to attend the Catalan Tennis Federation.

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Once, as a teenager, when David Ferrer did not practice hard enough, his coach, Javier Piles, locked him in a completely dark 2m x 2m ball closet for several hours, giving him only a piece of bread and a bit of water.

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David Ferrer has said he considers Piles to be like a second father to him.

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David Ferrer won his first career Challenger title in Sopot and reached the semifinals at Manerbio.

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David Ferrer won Challenger titles in Naples, Valencia, and Sassuolo.

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David Ferrer made his debut at all four Grand Slam tournaments, as well as six ATP Masters Series events.

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David Ferrer reached his third career final in Sopot and lost to Guillermo Coria.

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David Ferrer closed the year with a quarterfinal showing in Madrid, where he defeated Puerta, but lost to Robby Ginepri, and Paris, where he lost to Andy Roddick.

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David Ferrer opened the year with a quarterfinal showing in Auckland, where he lost to Olivier Rochus.

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David Ferrer broke into the top 10 ATP rankings for the first time, following a personal-best fourth-round showing at the Australian Open, where he defeated Mario Ancic, but lost to Fabrice Santoro.

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David Ferrer reached the third round at the French Open and a career-best fourth round at Wimbledon, where he defeated Gonzalez in the third round, but lost to Lleyton Hewitt.

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David Ferrer closed the year by reaching the quarterfinals in Basel, where he lost to Federer.

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David Ferrer began the year by winning Auckland, defeating Tommy Robredo in the final.

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David Ferrer had quarterfinal finishes at Indian Wells and Monte-Carlo and reached the fourth round in Miami, the semifinals in Barcelona, and the quarterfinals in Hamburg.

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David Ferrer beat 20th-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela in the quarterfinals and reached his first Grand Slam semifinal, where he was defeated by third seed Novak Djokovic.

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David Ferrer sealed his qualification for the knock-out stage by defeating eighth seed Richard Gasquet.

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David Ferrer next defeated fifth seed Andy Roddick in the semifinals.

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David Ferrer opened 2008 with a quarterfinal loss to unseeded Julien Benneteau of France in Auckland, where David Ferrer was top seed.

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David Ferrer reached the second week of the Australian Open as the fifth seed, without dropping a set in the first three rounds.

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David Ferrer then went on to defeat 22nd seed Juan Carlos Ferrero in four sets in the fourth round, before falling to third seed and eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

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David Ferrer arrived at the quarterfinals in the Monte Carlo Masters, losing against the eventual tournament champion Rafael Nadal, despite having five set points in the second set.

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In Barcelona the following week, David Ferrer reached the final, after defeating Nicolas Lapentti, sixth seed Tommy Robredo, and fourteenth seed Stanislas Wawrinka.

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David Ferrer made it to the quarterfinals of the French Open, matching his previous best appearance in 2005.

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David Ferrer then prevailed in two five-set matches over Lleyton Hewitt and Radek Stepanek in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.

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David Ferrer eventually fell to local favorite Gael Monfils in four sets.

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David Ferrer then began his grass-court season with another title at 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.

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David Ferrer defeated Croatian Mario Ancic and Argentine Juan Martin del Potro en route to the final, where he won in straight sets over Frenchman Marc Gicquel.

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David Ferrer was then eliminated by Ancic in the third round in four sets.

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At the US Open, David Ferrer reached the third round as the fourth seed, where he lost Kei Nishikori, ranked 126, in one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.

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David Ferrer began his Season at the Heineken Open losing to Sam Querrey in the semifinals.

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David Ferrer then bounced back with a semifinal showing at the SA Tennis Open falling to Jeremy Chardy after dominating the first set, in a tightly contested second and third set.

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David Ferrer reached his first final of the year at the Dubai Tennis Championships, losing to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

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David Ferrer rebounded by reaching the final of the Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, losing to Rafael Nadal in the final.

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David Ferrer played his Wimbledon warm-up at the Ordina Open and was upset by compatriot Ivan Navarro in the quarterfinals.

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At Wimbledon, David Ferrer suffered another third-round loss in a Grand Slam, this time falling to Czech Radek Stepanek in five sets.

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David Ferrer then came back to clay at the International German Open, where he was able to reach his fifth semifinal of the year, but lost to Russian Nikolay Davydenko.

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David Ferrer then suffered back-to-back first-round loses at the Proton Malaysian Open and China Open, losing to Mikhail Youzhny and Fernando Gonzalez.

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David Ferrer fell to eventual semifinalist Feliciano Lopez in the second round of the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000.

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David Ferrer was the defending champion at the Valencia Open 500, but withdrew prior to his second-round match against compatriot Albert Montanes due to a hamstring injury.

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David Ferrer then helped Spain capture the Davis Cup title, when he defeated Radek Stepanek in five sets.

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David Ferrer lost in the second round of the 2010 Australian Open to Marcos Baghdatis, after winning the first two sets, in a match lasting just over four hours.

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David Ferrer beat Simon Greul in the first round, and then defeated Frederico Gil in the second round.

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David Ferrer then defeated Igor Andreev in the quarterfinals and went on to defeat Albert Montanes.

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David Ferrer was the 13th seed, which gave him a bye into the second round.

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David Ferrer had a first-round bye and defeated Marcel Granollers in the second round.

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David Ferrer then defeated Marin Cilic to advance to the quarterfinals.

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David Ferrer began his campaign with a victory over French wildcard David Guez, and then defeated Xavier Malisse when Malisse had to retire.

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David Ferrer then traveled to Sweden to play in the 2010 Swedish Open, where he was seeded third.

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David Ferrer then defeated Pablo Cuevas in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals.

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David Ferrer extended his ATP best wins on clay in 2010 to 31 wins.

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David Ferrer was then supposed to play in the 2010 International German Open as the second seed, but had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.

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David Ferrer then defeated Daniel Gimeno-Traver for a spot in the round of 16.

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David Ferrer then traveled to Malaysia to play in the 2010 Proton Malaysian Open, where he was seed fifth.

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David Ferrer then traveled to Beijing to play in the 2010 China Open as the eighth seed.

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David Ferrer then traveled to Shanghai to play in the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters, where he was seeded 11th.

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David Ferrer then traveled to Valencia to play in the 2010 Valencia Open 500 as the hometown favorite.

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David Ferrer then defeated qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili for a spot in the quarterfinals.

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David Ferrer then defeated Potito Starace to advance to the semifinals.

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David Ferrer then defeated Robin Soderling for a spot in the final.

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David Ferrer then traveled to London to play in the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals, where he was seeded seventh.

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David Ferrer began his 2011 ATP World Tour season at the 2011 Heineken Open, where he was the top seed.

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David Ferrer then defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber to advance to the semifinals, and then defeated Santiago Giraldo for a berth in the final, where he played David Nalbandian.

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David Ferrer then traveled to Melbourne to play in the 2011 Australian Open, where he was seeded seventh.

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David Ferrer then defeated Ricardas Berankis for a spot in the round of 16, where he then defeated Milos Raonic for a spot in his second Australian Open quarterfinal.

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David Ferrer then traveled to Rotterdam to play in the 2011 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, where he was seeded third, but lost in the first round to Jarkko Nieminen.

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David Ferrer defeated compatriot Nicolas Almagro for his second consecutive title in Acapulco and his 11th career title.

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David Ferrer then traveled to Indian Wells to play in the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, where he was seeded sixth.

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David Ferrer then travelled to Miami to play in the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, where he was seeded sixth.

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David Ferrer then traveled to Europe to begin the clay-court season.

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David Ferrer dominated Jurgen Melzer in the semifinals to advance to his second Masters 1000 final, where he ultimately fell to Rafael Nadal.

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David Ferrer then traveled back to Spain to play in the 2011 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, where he was seeded fourth.

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David Ferrer then traveled to Madrid to play in the 2011 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open as the sixth seed.

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David Ferrer then went on to play Sergiy Stakhovsky, whom he defeated in straight sets.

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David Ferrer then pulled out of Rome, due to injury, but then traveled to Paris to play in the French Open.

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David Ferrer then took a month off before traveling to London to play in the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, as the seventh seed.

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David Ferrer then defeated Karol Beck in straight sets to advance to the round of 16.

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David Ferrer reached the semifinals, where he defeated Nicolas Almagro, but lost to Robin Soderling.

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David Ferrer was then set to begin his summer hard-court series in Toronto, but pulled out with a hairline fracture of his left wrist.

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David Ferrer won his second-round match against Grigor Dimitrov, before falling to Gilles Simon.

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David Ferrer started 2012 by participating in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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David Ferrer won his first tournament of 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand at the Heineken Open ATP 250 over Olivier Rochus.

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At the 2012 Australian Open, David Ferrer was seeded fifth, and he defeated Rui Machado, Ryan Sweeting, 27th seed Juan Ignacio Chela, and 17th seed Richard Gasquet on his way to the quarterfinals.

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David Ferrer was seeded first at the 2012 Copa Claro tournament and won it, defeating 2011 champion and second seed Nicolas Almagro.

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David Ferrer beat fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the final, losing only three games.

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The following week, David Ferrer reached the final at the 2012 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, after winning over Filip Krajinovic, Albert Montanes, Feliciano Lopez, and Milos Raonic.

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David Ferrer then lost the final to defending champion Rafael Nadal.

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At the 2012 Muatua Madrid Open, held for the first time on blue clay, David Ferrer defeated Radek Stepanek and Nicolas Almagro on his way to the quarterfinals.

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At the 2012 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, David Ferrer was seeded fifth and defeated Fernando Verdasco, Gilles Simon, and Richard Gasquet on his way to the semifinals.

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At the 2012 French Open, David Ferrer lost only 25 games defeating Lukas Lacko, Benoit Paire, Mikhail Youzhny, and Marcel Granollers on his way to the quarterfinals.

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David Ferrer won his fourth singles title of the year and 15th overall in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

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David Ferrer then reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, defeating Dustin Brown, Kenny de Schepper, Andy Roddick, and Juan Martin del Potro.

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David Ferrer made it to the last eight for the first time at the tenth attempt.

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David Ferrer then went on to lose the match to Andy Murray in a four-set thriller.

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David Ferrer entered the quarterfinals of Swedish Open by defeating Simone Bolelli.

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At the US Open, David Ferrer made it to his fourth career Grand Slam semifinal, where he lost in four sets to Novak Djokovic.

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David Ferrer had previously defeated Kevin Anderson, Igor Sijsling, Lleyton Hewitt, Richard Gasquet, and Janko Tipsarevic en route to the semifinals.

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David Ferrer won his sixth title of the season in Valencia, defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov in the final.

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David Ferrer won his first Masters 1000 title in Paris at the end of the season, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals, Michael Llodra in the semifinals, and Jerzy Janowicz in the final.

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David Ferrer won more matches that year than any other player, male or female.

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In late 2012 David Ferrer faced questions about his involvement with doping doctor Luis Garcia del Moral.

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David Ferrer started his 2013 season by successfully defending his Heineken Open title defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets.

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At the Australian Open, David Ferrer came back from two sets down to defeat fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals.

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David Ferrer then won his second title of the year at the Copa Claro defeating Stanislas Wawrinka in three sets.

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David Ferrer then suffered an early loss at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open, falling to Kevin Anderson in his first match of the tournament.

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David Ferrer then reached the final of Miami Masters after outlasting Jurgen Melzer and Tommy Haas, but lost to Andy Murray after holding a championship point in the deciding set, Ferrer moved back into the top 4 as a result.

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David Ferrer reached his fifth final of the year at the Portugal Open facing Wawrinka, but this time falling in straight sets to the Swiss.

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David Ferrer then lost to Nadal in back-to-back quarterfinals in the Masters event of Mutua Madrid Open and Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

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At the French Open, David Ferrer reached his first Grand Slam final without dropping a set.

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David Ferrer defeated three of his compatriots, Albert Montanes, Feliciano Lopez, and Tommy Robredo, all in straight sets, to reach his sixth Grand Slam semifinal.

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David Ferrer then defeated sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the final, where he was defeated by defending champion Rafael Nadal.

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At the 2013 TOPSHELF Open in 's-Hertogenbosch, David Ferrer went out in the first round to veteran Belgian Xavier Malisse despite being the defending champion.

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David Ferrer rebounded at the US Open, losing to Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals in five sets despite taking the third and fourth sets, in his first loss since 2008 to the Frenchman.

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David Ferrer then reached another final, at the If Stockholm Open facing Grigor Dimitrov, but lost in three sets to hand the Bulgarian his first title.

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David Ferrer then followed it up with another final appearance at the Valencia Open 500, where he was the defending champion.

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David Ferrer did not win any matches at the year-end championships for a disappointing end to the year.

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David Ferrer began his 2014 season losing to Daniel Brands in the second round of the Qatar Open.

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David Ferrer reached the semifinals of the Heineken Open, where he was defeated by Lu Yen-hsun.

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David Ferrer reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 Australian Open, where he lost to Tomas Berdych in four sets.

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In February, David Ferrer successfully defended his title at the 2014 Copa Claro, which was his first title of the year.

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In 2014 Rio Open semifinals, David Ferrer was defeated by Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets.

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David Ferrer made his return in the 2014 Sony Open Tennis reaching fourth round before losing to Kei Nishikori after squandering four match points.

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David Ferrer made the semifinals of the 2014 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

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David Ferrer made the semifinals again at the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open, where he lost to Kei Nishikori.

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David Ferrer was defeated by Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals at the 2014 Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

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David Ferrer made it to the quarterfinals in the 2014 Swedish Open before losing to Carlos Berlocq in straight sets.

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David Ferrer made it to the final of the 2014 International German Open.

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David Ferrer began his American Swing by reaching quarterfinals of the 2014 Rogers Cup before losing to Roger Federer.

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David Ferrer was upset by Viktor Troicki at the 2014 ATP Shenzhen Open.

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David Ferrer continued to struggle in the Asian Swing by bowing out against Marcel Granollers in the 2014 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships.

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David Ferrer improved in the 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters by defeating Martin Klizan and Andy Murray both coming from a set down.

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David Ferrer made it to the quarterfinals of the 2014 BNP Paribas Masters.

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David Ferrer began his 2015 season at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, where he was seeded fourth.

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David Ferrer was then scheduled to play at the Heineken Open in Auckland a week later, but withdrew due to fatigue.

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In February, David Ferrer won back-to-back titles at the 2015 Rio Open and 2015 Abierto Mexicano Telcel by defeating Fabio Fognini and Kei Nishikori, respectively.

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In May, David Ferrer made the semifinals of the Rome Masters, before being defeated by Novak Djokovic, matching his best performance at the tournament since 2012.

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However, David Ferrer lost his first match on grass at Queen's Club and withdrew from Wimbledon due to an elbow injury.

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David Ferrer proceeded to win his 25th career title at the Kuala Lumpur Open, defeating compatriot Feliciano Lopez.

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David Ferrer started his season in an exhibition at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships.

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David Ferrer easily defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and then lost to Rafael Nadal in a close three-setter.

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David Ferrer then played Stan Wawrinka for the third place match.

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David Ferrer then arrived at the Qatar Open as the fourth seed and defending champion.

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David Ferrer made it through to the semifinals after defeating qualifier Matthew Barton and Lukas Rosol, but lost to Jack Sock despite winning the first set.

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David Ferrer then played in the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open.

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David Ferrer then defeated 31st seed Steve Johnson and 10th seed John Isner.

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David Ferrer then defeated eighth seed Pablo Cuevas in three sets, before losing to Nicolas Almagro in straight sets in the semifinals.

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David Ferrer then came from a set down to defeat Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

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David Ferrer's tournament came to an end in the quarterfinals when he lost to fifth seed Dominic Thiem in straight sets.

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David Ferrer fell in the second round of the Mexican Open to Alexandr Dolgopolov and the second round of the Miami Open to Lucas Pouille to end his hard-court season.

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David Ferrer followed this up with another third-round appearance in the Rome Masters, this time losing to Pouille in straight sets.

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David Ferrer began the French Open well, defeating Russia's Evgeny Donskoy.

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David Ferrer went on to take down Juan Monaco and Feliciano Lopez before again falling to Berdych in straight sets.

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David Ferrer got through the first round against Denis Istomin, before falling to Donskoy in a tightly contested match.

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David Ferrer began the US Open by defeating Dolgopolov in the first round and Fabio Fognini in the second, before falling to an in-form Juan Martin del Potro in the third round, matching his performance of the previous two years at the tournament.

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David Ferrer defeated two qualifiers before falling to compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round.

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In July of the same year, David Ferrer won his first tournament since October 2015 at the 2017 Swedish Open, defeating Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the final.

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The match came to a premature end in the middle of the second set when David Ferrer was forced to retire from the match with a calf injury.

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On 15 August 2018, Hopman Cup organisers announced that David Ferrer would represent Spain at the 2019 edition alongside Garbine Muguruza.

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On 28 August 2018, David Ferrer announced that the 2019 season would be his last in the tour.

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David Ferrer announced a preliminary list of 6 tournaments in which he wants to compete during his final season: the Hopman Cup, Auckland, Buenos Aires, Acapulco, Barcelona and Madrid.

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At the Miami Masters, David Ferrer battled from a set down to defeat world number 3 Alexander Zverev.

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David Ferrer announced that he would be the new director of the Barcelona Open.

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David Ferrer began coaching Alexander Zverev in July of 2020 alongside Zverev's father.

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David Ferrer is noted for being one of the more dogged, agile, and fit players on the tour, and he has won many matches with consistent baseline play, great fitness, footspeed, and determination.

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In February 2016, David Ferrer featured in a video by the ATP titled "David Ferrer Getting Better and Better".

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David Ferrer has the most match wins, the most tournament wins, and the most Grand Slam match wins of all players who have not won a Grand Slam.

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On 28 November 2015, David Ferrer married his long-time girlfriend, Marta Tornel Nieto.

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In 2015, David Ferrer had a remarkable start to the season but was beaten in the Australian Open by Nishikori in straight sets.

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However, David Ferrer ended his losing streak to Nishikori in the 2015 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, where he beat Nishikori in straight sets in the final.

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