I am going more to the net to finish the points
David Ferrer says he’s trying to play more aggressive tennis indoors after beating Juan Martin del Potro at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals to extend his winning run to 11 matches
Ferrer hasn’t always been known for racking up unbeaten streaks during the indoor season. Before this year, the 30-year-old had won 53 per cent of indoor matches throughout his career and if you compare that with the 68 per cent of matches he’s won outdoors you start to get an understanding of what the Spaniard’s favourite playing environment is.
But this year Ferrer has looked like a new player under the roof, losing his only indoor match to Julien Benneteau in Kuala Lumpur before winning titles at home in Valencia and last week in Paris - his first ever Masters 1000 crown.
“Well, maybe this year I am playing more aggressive with my shots,” said the world No.5, who looked as though he was playing closer to the baseline in his three-set victory over del Potro in his first match in London. “I am going more to the net to finish the points. I think I am changing my backhand, no? I am playing more [on the] baseline with my backhand.”
Ferrer says talk of him potentially leap-frogging compatriot Rafael Nadal in the rankings after this week is not important to him because due to Nadal’s injury “it’s not real”. The Valencia resident currently sits at fifth in the world rankings, 765 points behind the seven-time Grand Slam champion, and if Ferrer was to make the jump it would be the second time he has reached No.4 but only his first time ending the season that high.
Next up for Ferrer at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is Roger Federer, who the Spaniard has never beaten in 13 attempts.
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