Ferrer not optimistic about Slam breakthrough

by: Matt Cronin December 23, 2013

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World No. 3 David Ferrer, who reached his first Grand Slam final at the 2013 French Open, does not believe he has the capacity to win a Grand Slam.

The 31-year-old is known to be humble but also realistic. He has losing records against the Big 4 of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Roger Federer.

“No I don’t think so,” Ferrer responded when asked by Sport360.com whether he could win a major in 2014. “Rafael, Novak, Andy and Roger, for the last five or six years they’re the ones. Maybe this year Roger didn’t play so good in the important moments, but I think in 2014 it’s going to be the same story for the others and that Roger can win another Grand Slam and will be better than last year. After that, there are a lot of young players like (Milos) Raonic or (Grigor) Dimitrov or (Bernard) Tomic, maybe this year they can break through. They have a very good future, I don’t know if this year they’ll be in the Top 10 but they have a good future.”

Ferrer, who just split with his coach of nearly 15 years, Javier Piles, has modest goals for 2014.

“I think every year it’s more difficult to be in the Top three, Top four or Top 10," Ferrer said. "I will be 32 years old next year, and I think it’s important not to have any big injuries. My goal is to stay amongst the top players in the world, to be Top eight or Top 10 in 2014—that would be a good result for me.”

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