it never fails for people with preconceived notions to close their eyes to reality and keep spewing the sense nonsense that maybe made sense a few years ago.
Why call Ferrer a grinder? The guy has ANNIHILATED the competition this year on clay and especially at RG with aggression, net touch and exquisite returning. Sure, the guy is little and lacks the easy power of a Federer or Tsonga but it doesn't mean he is not trying to push the envelope and dictates proceedings on the court.
Today he was 17/22 at the net in three easy sets......that's outstanding. His backhand has improved since last year and the IO forehand it's always a weapon.
another member talking about Nadal/Ferrer matches this years, failed to mention that Ferrer was only two points away from winning at Rome....Nadal kind of got lucky to escape that one.
Ferrer in the previous eras before Rafa/Roger/Novak, would have accumulate a lot of hardware on clay with a couple of RGs to boot. He its the evolution of your great claycourter from the past (Nadal it's an anomaly).
I say he might have a chance IF Nadal it's not up to task physically. He has the game to push Rafa. Anyways, Rafa is the GOAT and GOAT normally win the matches they are suppose to win.....just like today; not even a confident Djokovic and his dead coach couldn't change the outcome.
Too lazy to coin another term for his style of play.
I certainly admire his accomplishments with the tools he's had to work with.'A great record on clay,
aggression, net touch (when in position), and a great ROS' don't negate the fact that he's a very conservative player who typically wears his opponents down with consistent play. Yes, his serve has improved, but I wouldn't consider it a primary weapon in his arsenal. Those would be his consistency, fitness, and focus. All hallmarks of a grinder (or whatever new term you'd like to use).
But hey, that's just the uniformed opinion of a 40 year tennis player, coach, mentor, equipment junkie, stringer, and fan. That doesn't make it right.
On a side note, it's hard keeping up with all the pre-match chatter here at T4U regarding the approaching WTA final between two of the biggest stars on that tour.