David Ferrer won his first title in Bucharest, in 2002, and didn’t get his second until four years later in Stuttgart. But after that, the 5’9” Spaniard became a consistent champion. He had an incredible 2012 season, winning seven titles—including the Masters tournament in Paris. The following year he reached his first Grand Slam final, at age 31, at the French Open. Ferrer was no match for Rafael Nadal in that contest, losing 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in Paris. About a month after making the French Open final, Ferrer reached No. 3 in the world. The scrappy player has been on three Davis Cup title teams, in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Ferrer is a classic grinder and one of the best returners in the men’s game. He’s earned a reputation as one of the fittest, speediest, most agile players on tour.
Ferrer beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach his first career Grand Slam final: