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Andy Roddick

Wimbledon - Thought for the day

   

Thought for the day – Mr Everywhere.

David Ferrer is one of the Tour’s true workhorses. He thunders away in the background, without much fuss or ado, and yet remains a very potent threat that people always seem to forget about.

His win over Andy Roddick, in four sets, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 was all the more special because the Spaniard triumphed on his weakest court, grass, a surface in which he doesn’t have the time to grind down his opponent as he does on clay, and one that does not suit his smaller frame and less powerful game.

That he beat Roddick, three times a Wimbledon finalist and one of the most potent players on grass, thanks to his rather large service delivery, proves all the more that Ferrer is truly deserving of his place among the game’s elite. “He started really good, serving with great power but in the last three sets, I receive really good and play good with my forehand and I
took my chances,” the Spaniard said.

His reward is a fourth appearance in Wimbledon’s round of 16, a stage he has failed to advance beyond, losing to Lleyton Hewitt in 2006, Robin Soderling in 2010, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011. Will 2012 be the year that Ferrer makes his first Wimbledon quarter-final? After today, it could be.