ATP Tour commentator Robbie Koenig believes Roger Federer might be past his best but he still doesn’t rule his chances out of winning another Grand Slam before he decides to call time on his illustrious career.
Koenig, a former professional player himself from South Africa, doesn’t question the desire or enthusiasm that the Swiss has for the game but he believes he has gone past his prime, a prime in which he decimated everyone that came in his wake. Koenig says that Father Time has caught up with him and it will take a lot more effort than usual for him to win another Grand Slam title.
According to the South African, Federer still believes 100% in his ability to win another Grand Slam title before he retires and Koenig believes when someone who has achieved so much over the years with such ease, he is not wrong to think that he might have a last bow. Read more »
David Ferrer has decided not to take part in the forthcoming tournament in Auckland as he does not want to get exhausted ahead of the first Grand Slam of the season.
Ferrer is very popular in Auckland because of his glorious performances there in the past.
His withdrawal is a bit of a blow for the organizers of the Heineken Open.
Fitness has been an issue for Ferrer in the recent times. He has been doing with a dodgy back over the last couple of seasons and he knows that at Melbourne Park, he might have to play quite a few five-set matches. Read more »
David Ferrer is a professional tennis player from Spain, currently one of the top ranked players according to the ATP rankings.
The Spaniard turned professional in 2000 and for a long period in his career, was considered as a specialist on clay courts, as most other Spanish players but he has had significant success in almost all surfaces, reaching the French Open final in 2013, twice reaching the semi final stages of the US Open and the Australian Open and making it to the quarter final stages of Wimbledon twice as well.
He is a three time Davis Cup winner, having been a part of the victorious Spanish sides that won the famous trophy in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
Born in a small Spanish city, Ferrer moved to Barcelona at the age of 15 to further his training at the Catalan Tennis Federation. During his time at the academy, the Spanish tennis federation chose to sponsor compatriot Tommy Robredo in his quest to become a professional which forced David Ferrer to look for his own sponsors as he turned professional.
Ferrer has been a constant presence on the clay court scene ever since he became a professional player in 2000 and made his debuts in all four Grand Slams in 2003 which was a landmark year in his career, as he notably beat the legendary Andre Agassi in the Rome Masters.
Ferrer continued his surge up the ATP rankings and by 2008, he was considered as one of the major rivals of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal but he never managed to turn that into proper success and Grand Slam success has eluded David Ferrer throughout his career with the three wins in the Davis Cup the only major achievement he has managed throughout his long career in the game.