During his 2nd round match at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open, David Ferrer was once again staring down another opponent, Kevin Anderson who towered over him. At 5’9”, Ferrer is one of the most diminutive players on the ATP tour but to all those who have been paying attention, size has never held him back.
He has enjoyed his best results on tour in the past few years and in 2012, Ferrer won a career high seven tournaments across the world. Once largely seen as a clay specialist, no one can deny that he has become a more consistent player on both grass and hard courts. To this end, it was not surprising that his breakthrough Masters Series win occurred on the indoor hard courts last November in Paris. Many have now labeled him as the best player on tour without a grand slam and there comes the rub, it may be his most difficult task yet.
Ferrer’s struggles against the Big Four
It is now common knowledge that in the big tournaments, there is the big four and then there is everyone else. Th...