It’s a shame Ferru’s end at the London WTF came in a match against Federer, a player against whom he had a 0-11 losing record. The record now stands at 0-12.
To be upfront, I had no real rooting interests for this match. On one hand, I wanted Fed to play well so that he could earn his record-breaking 6th WTF tournament. On the other hand, I also wanted Ferru to break the duck of never having won a title beyond the 500-level tournaments.
Both men weren’t playing at optimal level this match. There were definitely points at which Ferru could have capitalized on Fed’s BH shanks. A grueling 9-minute game at 4*-5 on Fed’s serve in the 1st set proved the decisive turning point. Fed held and then went on to break Ferru in a series of points that weren’t particularly impressive, but more reminiscent of the regular hum-drum of everyday life. Still, that won him the 1st set and the momentum he needed to push forward in the match.
The final scoreline of the match: 7-5 6-3. It’s a fully respectable scoreline, but one that doesn’t do full justice to what Ferru accomplished this week. I’d rather have seen Fed lose to Ferru than to Tsonga/Berdy. A loss to Ferru would have cemented the fact that Ferru’s grinding abilities are not only just that, but also enhanced by his marvelous skills at the net. My overall case: Ferru was more than a match for Fed tonight. It’s a shame the result turned out so predictably, given what the previous days’ results led us to believe. There’s no one reason to pinpoint for why Ferru lost the match, but one thing is for sure: Just as Fed mentioned in his post-match presser, Ferru has a chance to redeem himself in the Davis Cup final.
For those keeping count, that’s two angry Spaniards heading to Sevilla. As it stands, Ferru will now join Rafa as another Spaniard who enters Davis Cup as a slightly infuriated but hungry-for-revenge fighter.