March 10, 2013 by Parveer Mann
During his 2nd round match at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open, David Ferrer was once again staring down another opponent, Kevin Anderson who towered over him. At 5’9”, Ferrer is one of the most diminutive players on the ATP tour but to all those who have been paying attention, size has never held him back.
He has enjoyed his best results on tour in the past few years and in 2012, Ferrer won a career high seven tournaments across the world. Once largely seen as a clay specialist, no one can deny that he has become a more consistent player on both grass and hard courts. To this end, it was not surprising that his breakthrough Masters Series win occurred on the indoor hard courts last November in Paris. Many have now labeled him as the best player on tour without a grand slam and there comes the rub, it may be his most difficult task yet.
Ferrer’s struggles against the Big Four
It is now common knowledge that in the big tournaments, there is the big four and then there is everyone else. The group of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray has won 31 of the last 32 Grand slams and David Ferrer has had his fair share of struggles against each of them.
Against Roger Federer: 0-14 (0-0 in Grand Slams)
Against Rafael Nadal: 4-17 (2-1 in Grand Slams)
Against Novak Djokovic: 5-10 (0-5 in Grand Slams)
Against Andy Murray: 5-6 (1-2 in Grand Slams)
The results speak for themselves; he has a losing record against all four players and has justifiably been an afterthought in the minds of fans going into Grand Slams.
Tough loss at Indian Wells and other highlights of the tennis weekend:
After being dismantled by Rafael Nadal in the Acapulco final, the 6’8” Anderson was able to handle Ferrer’s speed and knock him off in three sets. It was a huge win for Anderson who is returning from surgery in January and difficult for Ferrer, who is on a two game losing streak going into Miami later this month.
Speaking of injury, Svetlana Kuznetsova’s two wins this week continue her solid play after injuries in 2012. She faces Marion Bartoli in the third round on Sunday night looking to keep the momentum going.