Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 10/21/14

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 02: David Ferrer of Spain returns a shot against Alberto Martin of Spain during day three of the 2009 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2009 in Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
James Crabtree is currently in Melbourne Park covering the Australian Open for Tennis Grandstand and is giving you all the scoop directly from the grounds. David Ferrer during his 5 set win By James Crabtree MELBOURNE – It is difficult to fathom how hard Nicholas Almagro strikes the ball. He glares with the eyes of a temperamental bull, but hits with the flowing grace and control of a Matador. An interesting scenario, Almagro uses his racquet as a muleta to tease and finish a pesky ferret. A method that was proving successful for the first time. Ferrer has beaten Almagro all twelve times they have played, including 5 losses in finals, a matter that doesn’t sit well with Almagro. “I don’t want to think about that. He is the No. 4 of the world. He is the favourite. He beat me many times, but many matches were close.” Still, this was only their second meeting at a grand slam, and surprisingly Almagro looked like the player with more experience. Ferrer was coming up against a player who...
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