David Ferrer’s results suggest that he is clearly a top 4 player. He reached the French Open final, the Australian Open semifinal, and the quarterfinal round at the US Open and Wimbledon this year. He went 19-4 in Grand Slam singles matches in 2013. He was runner-up at the Masters 1000 events in Miami and won smaller events in Buenos Aires and Aukland. He also finished as a runner-up at events in Portugal, Mexico, Spain, and Sweden. Now, Ferrer finds himself in the championship match in Paris aiming to repeat as the holder of this prestigious title. He is a top four player according to his results yet people keep doubting him (myself included).
I did not pick Ferrer to defeat Nadal thinking that he lacked the weapons needed to beat Rafa. Instead he won in straight sets. He should be happy to know that I will again be picking his opponent. Novak Djokovic has not lost since the US Open ended. He is making a charge to challenge Rafa’s newfound supremacy on the ATP Tour. Djokovic’s return game is too good for Ferrer. These are my reasons, but the feisty Ferrer is so admirable that I won’t be surprised if he proves me wrong again.
My Prediction: Novak Djokovic d. David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4.