David Ferrer: 'I was a better player thanks to Rafael Nadal'

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David Ferrer: 'I was a better player thanks to Rafael Nadal'

In an interview to Marca David Ferrer commented on how coinciding in the same era as Rafael Nadal influenced him as a player and person. "It brought me a lot. I always say that thank to Nadal I was a better player and I do not tell that to feel okay with him because I do not need that.

I say it because he was a very ambitious player, who won and wanted to win again and that made me evolve as a person. I beat him sometimes but Rafa is better than me on many aspects and the curriculum shows it." On how it felt to play the Miami Open through a main draw wild card invitation, the 37-year-old added: "When they gave me it, it was not a priority but then I thought that it's a nice tournament and that I would be with my wife Marta and my dearest ones.

I had never played in a venue different to Crandon Park and the new stadium attracted me. It was a luck to go there because I lived a Champions night. Beating the world No. 3 Alexander Zverev during the last year of my career was something very emotional."

Asked how he would like to be remembered, Ferrer replied: "Maybe with the way I am. I take the support of my friends, fans... a very consistent player who fought until the last ball. It may have always been my essency."

On Iker Casillas's heart attack, Ferrer added: "My coach told me that. It was a bad news but luckily he is doing well. It's a surprise but this is how life works. Get well soon Iker."