Ferrer Video Rating: three / five
David Ferrer’s countryman, Tommy Robredo, will take on Marin Cilic in his first match at Indian Wells.
It will be the 4th time that Robredo will be playing against Cilic. He has already defeated the Croatian twice and would be looking for third win over him, but, that is not going to be easy as Cilic has been one of the most in form players on the tour in the recent times. He has won close to 20 games so far in the ongoing season.
The other thing which goes in the favour of Cilic is that he has played quite a bit on the hard courts of late. Robredo, on the other hand, has been playing on the clay courts after the Australian Open. So, it would be tough for him to adjust his game according to the nature of the surface in the Californian desert.
As far as Robredo’s form is concerned, it hasn’t been fantastic, but, it hasn’t been criticisable either. He has been producing decent results, but, he is now up against a player who is probably having the best time of his career. So, he will have to lift his game a little bit.
Robredo though is the more composed of the two players and he doesn’t panic that easily unlike Cilic who sometimes tries to show too much aggression and loses the plot in the process.
If the world rankings of the two players are compared, Robredo (18) is a few positions ahead of his Croatian opponent who is out of top 25 at the moment.
But, on the basis of the form that the two players have shown in the last few weeks, one would have to say that it’s Cilic who is the favourite in this contest.
Ferrer Video clip Rating: 5 / five
David Ferrer is going to take part in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship for the 4th time and he will be looking for his first title there. He had gone very close to winning that tournament a couple of years back in 2011, but, he had got beaten in the final.
Ferrer is high on confidence at the moment. His performance in the last season was fantastic. He claimed his maiden Grand Slam singles title by winning the final at Roland Garros and ended the season as the third ranked player in the world. It’s his career best ranking. His goal next season should be to move further up in the rankings and for that, he would like to make a good start to the season.
Talking to the reporters a few days back, Ferrer said, “I have played a few times in UAE, but, I am yet to win the title there. This time around, I am entering that competition with a much better frame of mind and I think this year I have a very good chance to achieve glory.”
“I have always been supported immensely by the people of UAE and I am hoping to get the same kind of support again. I would be pleased to win the title in front of those guys. I know it’s not easy as I will be up against some very good players there, but, I will try my best.”
Ferrer’s first opponent in Abu Dhabi will be the Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka who has also been in good form of late. When asked about that match, the Spaniard said, “Stanislas is coming out of a good season. So, he is not lacking confidence and I will have to play really well to put him under pressure.”