Former World No. 3 David Ferrer says that there will never be another player like Rafael Nadal, in an interview to the AS website. The 38 year old Ferrer, who retired from the circuit last year, spoke very highly of his countryman, who has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles in his career.
"What Rafa has achieved worldwide between Grand Slams, Godós, triumphs in Monte Carlo ... is impossible. Rafa's numbers are stratospheric. There may be a new 'David Ferrer', but not a new 'Rafa Nadal'
We have already gone through the retirement of Alex Corretja, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moyá who were great players and who achieved extraordinary things and that it was already difficult to approach (be like) them.
But regarding Nadal, I don't think I will see a new player with such numbers. '' Ferrer is now busy with his own academy among other projects and the academy has re-opened now. "We had to close some time ago, but we are now reopening and although it is always difficult to start, everything is going great.
I try to go four times a week and get on the court to play tennis and have fun. '' The Spaniard was about his debut as a Tournament Director for the Barcelona Open, which will now have to wait for next year. "I was very excited to be able to do it this year.
We had six top ten players with a lot of work behind the organization. I take it well and with humor and I am sure that I will have more experience for next year's edition. I see it from that positive perspective of having more and better experience by 2021."