Masters Player Profiles: Ferrero & Ferrer

Monte Carlo Masters Tennis Players

Juan Carlos Ferrero and David Ferrer are two players who have shown consistently good form at the Monte Carlo Masters. Both are proficient clay court players, and both are Spaniards.

Juan Carlo Ferrero

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 21: Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain in action during his 3-6,4-6 semi- final defeat against Roger Federer of Switzerland on Day Six of the Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club, April 21, 2007 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Ferrero is a former world number one, and is known for his speed around the court and his strong, wiry physique. In 2001 he confirmed his status as one of the game’s best clay court players, when he won titles at Estoril, Barcelona and Rome, and made it through to the semifinals at the French Open for the second consecutive year.

He went on to win the 2002 Monte Carlo Masters, and reached the final of the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, only to lose to Australian, Lleyton Hewitt. He won his second consecutive title at Monte Carlo in 2003 and in 2007 he reached the semifinals, beating Richard Gasquet, Igor Andreev and Tim Henman. In 2008 he suffered a third round defeat from Rafael Nadal and has since dropped in rankings to world number 65.

Although he has never been able to reproduce his scintillating form of 2003, Ferrero stands a very good chance of lifting the Monte Carlo Masters for a third time in 2009.

David Ferrer

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 24: David Ferrer of Spain returns a shot during his third round match against Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, on day six of the Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club, April 24, 2008 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)David Ferrer turned professional in 2000 at the age of 18. He quickly became know as a dangerous clay court player and his fighting spirit and unwillingness to concede defeat have made him an even more difficult Monte Carlo Masters tennis player to beat. One of the highlights of his career was his defeat of Andre Agassi in Rome in 2003.

In 2005 he reached the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters, but was knocked out of the competition by Guillermo Coria.

In 2007 he reached the semifinals at the US Open, defeating David Nalbandian, world number 2, Rafael Nadal and Juan Ignacio Chela. In doing so, he became the last Spanish tennis player to beat his countryman, Rafael Nadal. He rose to a career high ranking of no.8. He accomplished quarterfinal finishes at Indian Wells and Monte Carlo. In 2008 he made it to the quarterfinals, only to be defeated by Rafael Nadal who went on to win his 4th title at Monte Carlo masters tennis tournament.

David Ferrer’s form at Monte Carlo:

  • 2003 – 1st Round
  • 2005 – Quarterfinals
  • 2006 – Quarterfinals
  • 2007 – Quarterfinals
  • 2008 – Quarterfinals