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Ferrer Happy In Nadal’s Shadow

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When someone comes from 1-5 down to win a Masters semi-final, you would expect a great song and dance after the match
Not with David Ferrer. Despite the fact that he had just won eight games in a row to defeat a player of the calibre of Fernando Verdasco in straight sets (7-5, 6-3), all eyes were already on his potential adversary on Sunday, and that suited the No.13 seed fine.
“I think this is normal because in Spain , Nadal is the best player and they talk about him and not about the other players. It’s not important for me, I do my job, I play tennis and I have my fans and I understand this,” said a very calm Ferrer. “I think he is the best player on clay court. I’ll try and do my best and I will need to play very aggressively against him. I have not a very good serve and I don’t have a lot of power and so it is important for me to be physically fit and to run around.”
Once the obligatory Nadal questions were over, the focus moved to the man of the moment, but Ferrer was in reticent mood. “This match was a bit strange,” he said of a tie which saw Verdasco win five of the first six games before Ferrer roared back to take eight in a row. “The first set was a bit difficult, I had a really bad moment but I came back and then it was easier and I had more confidence. He gave me some opportunities and so in the second set, I played more relaxed and it was easier. I had more feeling with my shots.

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