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David Ferrer: “Last year in Roland Garros it was my best result in a Grand Slam, so it's good to come back”

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TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – D. Ferrer d. I . Sijsling 6-4, 6-3, 6-1. An interview with David Ferrer.

Q. Are you happy with how you started the tournament?

DAVID FERRER: Yes, of course. I won in three sets, so it’s important, no?

I start winning in three sets, and not many time on the court.

 

Q. Coming back to a place where you made the final last year, what kind of emotions do you have coming here?

DAVID FERRER: Well, good, nice. Is nice come back again in Roland Garros and play in the Philippe Chatrier.

Of course I have very good records here. The last year in Roland Garros it was my best result in a Grand Slam, so it’s good to come back.

But, you know, is different. It’s another year and another season. I am trying also to do my best and play every match, no?

 

Q. When a lot of upsets happen in the beginning of the tournament, Wawrinka, Nishikori, Dimitrov today, is it easy to block this and not look around it? Or will you look at it and think there is more opportunity for you?

DAVID FERRER: No, of course not. I am only focused on myself.

You know, here all the matches are close. The tennis is very close. Is normal sometimes to have surprises. Always in a Grand Slam, in the first round there were surprises.

So Na Li lost I think, so yesterday Kei and I think Dimitrov also lost. It’s difficult this sport and this game.

 

Q. Some people were saying that maybe Rafa coming into this tournament is a little bit more vulnerable than maybe previous years. What do you think? You’re close to him. You played him. You beat him. What’s your opinion on that?

DAVID FERRER: No, I don’t think so. Rafael, he’s No. 1 of the race. So of course he’s having very good moment. The people outside sometimes talk without know about the tennis. And what is impossible, win every tournament every year like did Rafael, Roger sometimes, or Novak Djokovic.

You know, here is a new season. Rafael is No. 1 of the world. He is the favorite in Roland Garros.

For me, you know, if maybe he can lost a few matches in Monte Carlo or in Barcelona, but he won in Madrid, he did final in Rome. And in clay court for me he’s the best player.

 

Q. Tell us more about the 30 year old players. You’re one of those. Why would you say that you’re still there on the courts? Whereas for the younger players, it’s more difficult, more difficult for them to reach this level. Maybe you have the technical staff or teams with you that no longer exist?

DAVID FERRER: That’s true. Tennis has become much more professional mainly with the physical therapist, whose role is more and more important. And all players who play at a high level need a good physio. Therefore, this has changed a lot in the last 10 years.

Rather as Rafa says I think that younger players gain their full maturity a bit later now. This is true at least for the Spanish type of tennis.

But there is so much to do that also perhaps younger people want to play another sport.

 

Q. Yesterday Wawrinka talked a lot about the mental aspect. He said this is the big difference between him and the best players like Djoko and Nadal. Would you say the same? Would you say they’re different from the other players thanks to this mental thing that they have?

DAVID FERRER: Well, I think it’s a bit of everything, you know. But if you look around, these two players are better than the rest of us in many respects. For instance, Nadal has a very strong mental approach to the game, and Djoko, as well. They have this desire to win, which is really deeply rooted in them.

They have this appetite for victories. And we follow them, and we are lucky to follow them, because we can learn from them.

I think they win because also they are better with the details apart from the fact that mentally they are really men of steel.

But physically they are very strong, as well. They are very solid. So it’s a whole thing.

 

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Roland Garros 2024: Rafael Nadal Faces Alexander Zverev In Blockbuster Opening Round

Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev will meet at Roland Garros in the first round with Andy Murray taking on Stan Wawrinka in the opening round.

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Rafael Nadal has been drawn against Rome champion Alexander Zverev in the opening round of Roland Garros.

The 14-time Roland Garros champion will most likely be making his last appearance at the event where he has such a great history at.

It’s been a mixed clay court season for Nadal who built gradual momentum in Madrid but suffered an early exit in Rome to Hubert Hurkacz.

Now the Spaniard has been drawn to take on the champion of Rome, Alexander Zverev, in the opening round.

The match is a repeat of the 2022 semi-final where Zverev broke his ankle losing almost a year of his career.

This contest headlines the second quarter of the draw which also features Karen Khachanov, Holger Rune and Daniil Medvedev.

In the other quarter of the top half of the draw, defending champion Novak Djokovic will begin his Roland Garros campaign against Pierre-Hughes Herbert.

There is also a potential third round clash with either Gael Monfils or Lorenzo Musetti for Djokovic, who is currently in Geneva gaining extra match practice ahead of the second Grand Slam of the season.

The Serb could have a repeat of last year’s final in the quarter-finals with Casper Ruud as the Norwegian begins his campaign against Jakub Mensik.

In the bottom half of the draw Jannik Sinner plays his first tournament since suffering a hip injury in Rome as he takes on Christopher Eubanks in the opening round.

Sinner could face Cameron Norrie in the third round with the Brit taking on Pavel Kotov in his opening round before playing the winner of the battle of the Grand Slam champions between Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.

Murray and Wawrinka will clash for the fourth time at Roland Garros with Wawrinka leading their head-to-head 2-1 in Paris.

This section also includes in-form players such as Hubert Hurkacz, Alejandro Tabilo and Rome finalist Nicolas Jarry.

Finally Carlos Alcaraz will begin his Roland Garros campaign against a qualifier before potentially playing Jack Draper in the second round.

Another exciting clash awaits Alcaraz in the third round in the form of Sebastian Korda with Andrey Rublev or Stefanos Tsitsipas being potential quarter-final opponents.

This is the full draw with Roland Garros beginning on Sunday.

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Alexander Zverev Secures Return To Top Four After Winning Italian Open

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Alexander Zverev has clinched his first Masters title since 2021 after downing Nicolas Jarry in straight sets at the Italian Open.

The world No.5 surged to a 6-4,7-5, victory at the Faro Italico to become the 10th player in the Open Era to win the Rome trophy on multiple occasions. He also won the tournament in 2017. Zverev’s latest win was aided by an impressive service display from the 27-year-old who also hit 15 winners against eight unforced errors. He is now 22-1 against players ranked outside the top five at the tournament with his only loss being to Matteo Berrettini five years ago.

“It means a lot. Winning my first (Masters) title and winning my first after my injury in Rome. Rome is a very special place for me,” the new champion said afterwards. 
“I said at the beginning of the week if Rome is the place of firsts for me I’m extremely happy about it. It’s a very special week.” 

Playing in his first Masters 1000 final since 2022, Zverev produced a serving masterclass throughout the opening set with the German winning 20 out of 21 points. In contrast, Jarry experienced more difficult but valiantly fought back with the Chilean saving two straight break points at 4-4. Eventually, the third seed sealed the opener two games later with the help of some costly shots coming from across the court. A deep shot towards the baseline was unsuccessfully returned by Jarry, handing Zverev a set point which he converted.

Continuing to pile the pressure on in the second set, Zverev had a double chance to break for a 3-1 lead but failed to capitalise on that opportunity. The opportunities continued to come and go. Back-to-back double faults from Jarry at 4-5 handed Zverev two championship points but once again he failed to take advantage. Eventually, he sealed victory two games later with the help of a forehand shot that Jarry returned out. Prompting Zverev to raise his hands in delight before later paying tribute to his rival. 

“He’s playing huge. You can see that by the opponents he beat and how he beat them,” he said of Jarry. 
“I told him if he continues playing like that he is going to have many more chances. I’m happy to be the winner.”

As a result of his Rome triumph, Zverev has secured a top-four seeding for the French Open. On Monday he will rise in the PIF ATP rankings to No.4 which will be his highest position since August 2022. During that same year, he sustained a serious ankle injury which sidelined him for months. 

“The focus is on Paris, that’s for sure. but let me enjoy this one for a day or so and then I will have my full focus on Paris,” said Zverev.

Zverev has now won six Masters 1000 titles which places him in joint-ninth on the all-time list along with Daniil Medvedev. 

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Novak Djokovic Accepts Geneva Wildcard Ahead Of Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic has accepted a wildcard into next week’s ATP 250 event in Geneva as he looks to improve his form ahead of Roland Garros.

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Novak Djokovic has shockingly accepted a wildcard into next week’s ATP 250 event in Geneva.

The world number one hasn’t had the best season so far having yet to reach a final at any of his events this season.

There was hope for Djokovic that his fortunes would change on clay and the Serb started his clay court season by reaching the semi-finals in Monte-Carlo before losing to Casper Ruud.

However Djokovic’s clay court hopes were dashed in Rome as he lost in the third round to in-form Chilean Alejandro Tabilo.

This has meant that Djokovic risks being undercooked for the second Grand Slam of the season at Roland Garros.

Therefore the Serb has had no option but to take a wildcard into next week’s ATP 250 in Geneva.

Djokovic will join Casper Ruud, Andy Murray, Denis Shapovalov and Taylor Fritz in next week’s event.

Next week’s appearance will be the first appearance in Geneva in Djokovic who will be the top seed in Switzerland.

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