David Ferrer has hung up his racket - a difficult decision taken by a warrior, a fine example in the world of tennis. The native of Xàbia won the hearts of fans and peers with his dedication and endurance on the world’s most famous courts, as well as on countless occasions in Davis Cup. In the days of absolute dominance of the 'Big Four' (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray), ‘Ferru’ was known as "the best of humans”.
The Davis Cup was an important competition in his career. There he enjoyed spectacular moments of glory but also hardships in the 20 qualifiers in which he competed over the course of 12 years. Winner on three occasions of the trophy, he picked up a balance of 28 victories and only 5 defeats.
"The Davis [Cup] has been very emotional and I have experienced very nice moments, especially with my teammates," he said at the press conference prior to his last tournament, the Mutua Madrid Open.
He closed his career on the Davis Cup stage as he deserved, as a hero, playing the decisive point against the German Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the semifinals in 2018 and thus secure a place in the Davis Cup Madrid Finals in November. His incredible comeback against Czech Radek Stepanek in the second [match] of the 2009 final was also unforgettable.
It will be difficult to see Ferrer away from tennis. He will continue to compete in the Senior Tour, he is preparing to be a commentator, he will work in the tennis academy directed by his brother in Xàbia... and one day he would like to sit in the captain's chair of the Davis Cup team.
"Of course I would like to be captain, but now I want to learn things. When you know more, then you have better ability to decide what you want to do," he told 'El Larguero' of the Spanish radio station Cadena SER.
Thanks, 'Ferru', and lots of luck in this new stage of your life!
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