Rafael Nadal has been the no. 1 tennis player of Spain since a very long time, but, his position might be taken over by David Ferrer in the near future. Rafael Nadal is currently at no. 4 in the ATP men’s singles ranking, while; David Ferrer is at no. 5. But, there is not much difference between these two as far as the ranking points are concerned. Nadal presently has 6690 ranking points, while, Ferrer has 6505 ranking points. If Ferrer starts the upcoming season on a winning note, he might go ahead of Nadal in the ATP rankings for the first time in his career.

Ferrer’s performance in the last season was quite impressive. He won 76 matches in the 2012 season and lost only 15. He won a total of seven titles in the last season. However, he didn’t manage to win any Grand Slam, but, it was certainly a fantastic season for him.

Ferrer will start the next season by participating in the Heineken Open which is going to be played at Auckland, New Zealand. Ferrer had won this tournament in the last season and he would like to start the 2013 season by defending his title at Auckland.

The Heineken Open will be played on the hard courts and playing in that tournament would be a good preparation for the Australian Open. If Ferrer manages to win the Heineken Open again and then, makes his way into the quarter finals of the Australian Open, he would earn sufficient points to overtake Nadal in the rankings.

But, Ferrer has said that he is not focussed on rankings at the moment. The Spanish no. 2 said, “I just want to make a good start to the season. If I play well, the ranking will take care of itself.”