David Ferrer discusses the impact Rafael Nadal has had on Spanish tennis

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David Ferrer discusses the impact Rafael Nadal has had on Spanish tennis

Former Spanish tennis player David Ferrer had been one of the best players on the Tour for a long time but he never captured a Grand Slam and Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are the ones to blame. Ferrer captured 27 titles during his great career and achieved a career-high ranking of No.

3 in the world. Ferrer admitted the Big Three made him work hard and helped him improve his game and added he has no regrets about his career. "I really don't know if I could have done more, but I'm sure I improved my game thanks to them," Ferrer told Ubitennis, as revealed on Sportskeeda.

"I learned a lot by observing and challenging them on the pitch. I have no regrets, because in the end I played in the same period as the three greatest champions in history. I loved my tennis career very much and tried to give my best until the day of my retirement.

I am very proud of this."

Ferrer beaten by Nadal in his lone Grand Slam final

Ferrer made his first Grand Slam final at the French Open in 2013. Unfortunately for Ferrer, the greatest clay court player in tennis history was awaiting for him in the final.

Ferrer couldn't pull off an upset as Nadal won the 2013 French Open title. Ferrer says he could have easily been the Spanish No. 1 without Nadal. Also, Ferrer added that he has nothing against Nadal as they are good friends and credited the 21-time Grand Slam champion for taking the Spanish tennis to another level.

"Yes, I could have been [Spanish] number one [without Nadal]," Ferrer said. "But I am sure that, thanks to Rafa, Spanish tennis has achieved greater popularity today. I am satisfied with where I have come and that I have had the opportunity to play and [win] the Davis Cup with Rafa. I learned a lot from him and his team, he's a great friend."