Spaniard Ferrer puts good form down to renewed confidence

Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:50pm EDT
 
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By Tim Hanlon

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain's David Ferrer has put his strong start to the season down to having rediscovered his confidence.

Ferrer, ranked eighth in the world, has won in Doha, Rio and Acapulco this year and is in the Barcelona Open semi-finals.

He next faces compatriot Pablo Andujar having beaten 12th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3 7-6(5) on Friday.

“I feel strong and above all mentally which is the most important thing,” third seed Ferrer told Reuters.

“At the moment, I have confidence and a good understanding with my trainer and technical team. Last year I was fine physically but I didn't have the confidence.”

Despite being in the top 10 for much of his career, and possessing one of the best service returns in the game, the unassuming Ferrer has been in the shadow of Rafa Nadal.

Like the Majorcan, Ferrer's favorite surface is clay and Nadal beat him in the Monte Carlo quarter-finals this month.

“The situation with Rafa is the same as ever. We have tough games and he is always favorite, that's the way it is and it is not something to feel sorry about,” said Ferrer.   Continued...

 
David Ferrer of Spain serves during his match against Gilles Simon of France at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco in this file photo taken on April 16, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard