In this unprecedentedly high-level era of professional men’s tennis, I doubt any would argue that there is a male player more deserving of a major championship than David Ferrer.
The late entertainer James Brown was labeled “the hardest working man in show business.” David Ferrer warrants being called the “hardest working man in tennis.” He truly deserves the compliment.
One only need see him and watch him play to understand why.
At 5′ 9” and 160 pounds, comparatively speaking, Ferrer is a little guy. But there is nothing little about his heart and nothing small about his game. His relatively diminutive size does not deter him from a no-nonsense “drive to deprive” opponents of victory.
Ferrer plays “big boy ball,” and he does it consistently against the best in the world.
He dances every dance, fights every fight and never goes away. His relentless execution of workman-like high percentage tennis is awe-inspiring.
Ferrer’s armor of determination is impenetrable. He continues to bang away with the same level of intensity from the beginning of a match until the final point is played whether he is playing the number one player in the world or number 100.
They’re all the same to him.
He’s immune to intimidation. His attitude is one of quiet resolve, his approach to each match intelligently methodical.
There’s no faking injury, excessive ball bouncing, toweling off, etc. No posturing. In fact, the only thing he does excessively is pound all hell out of the tennis ball.
David Ferrer is the consummate professional. He shows up for work every day, on time, appropriately equipped to do the job at hand. He is dependably entertaining and as gracious in defeat as he is in victory.
While he doesn’t break rackets or berate officials, he does quietly, efficiently dismantle the opposition more often than not.
His wins are achieved the old fashioned way, he earns them. His game lends legitimacy to what a solid work ethic is all about.
David Ferrer deserves his first Masters 1000 win at Bercy.
The “little engine that could”…did.
He won it because…
He earned it.
He’s now poised to do it again in the Sony Open against Andy Murray.
Can he win? I’ll just say this.
I wouldn’t bet against him.