“We cannot compare the new generation with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic” David Ferrer dismisses comparison of new-gen with Big-3


“We cannot compare the new generation with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic” David Ferrer dismisses comparison of new-gen with Big-3

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Spanish legend David Ferrer has been busy in life as a guest speaker on tennis shows ever since he retired from the sport in 2019. Ferrer was runner-up at the 2013 French Open and the 2007 ATP Finals losing to defending champions Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer respectively.

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Ferrer won 27 career titles in his 19-year long career and played an important role in Spain’s 3 victories at the Davis Cup in 2008, 2009 and 2011. He narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal when along with partner Feliciano Lopez lost in the Bronze medal match at the 2012 London Olympics to the French pair of Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau.

In his recent interview with veterans Tomas Berdych and Mark Philippoussis for SkySports, Ferrer talked about why it is fruitless to compare the new generation of players with the Big-3 trio of Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic who have each won 20 Grand Slam titles and have combined for the last 60 of the 75 contested Slams.

“The new generation gets better every year. We cannot compare this generation with Rafa, Roger and Novak, because it is impossible. They are the three best players in history. For me, Zverev, Medvedev and Tsitsipas are there. 

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Carlos Alcaraz is 18 years old, but he is progressing a lot and he is the future. His team is very good with coach Juan Carlos Ferrero, but the most important thing is that he is humble and listens,” said Ferrer during the discussion hoping big things from the Spanish teenager Alcaraz who won the 2021 ATP NextGen Finals.

David Ferrer has a 11-59 record against the Big-3

David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal
David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal at the 2013 French Open

Ferrer played a great number of matches against the Big-3 but did not find great success. Against compatriot Nadal, he was 6-26 of which 8 meetings took place in finals, all won by Nadal. Against Novak, Ferrer had a record of 5-16 which included 3 meetings in the finals all of those which were won by the Serbian.

Ferrer’s worst record was against Federer as the Swiss thrashed the former World No. 3 in each of their meetings and has a 17-0 record against him. Roger and David met twice in the finals.

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