In an interview David Ferrer commented on Lionel Messi's 600 goals in football. The Spanish player joked: "If Messi were a tennis player... Imagine. Messi, Nadal, Federer, Djokovic... I would have switched sport." Ferrer reflected on who is the best between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
"It's difficult to say who is the best out of the three. Technique-wise Federer is the best but they are all unbelievably good. Mentally Rafael Nadal is the best. Technique-wise I would take Federer, mentally Nadal and physically Djokovic, as he is quick, fit, has a perfect body to play tennis.
Federer is the best for his Grand Slams but I saw Rafa doing crazy things. There will not be a player like Rafa." Asked why he retired in Madrid, Ferrer added: "I chose the Mutua Madrid Open because I had the opportunity to retire at home where my family, friends, closest ones can come, the people I love the most and who can watch my last match.
If I ended in a Grand Slam, I would not have had this chance. There is also Feliciano Lopez, who is a great friend and is the Tournament Director. I was lucky to play the tournaments I could this year. It would be perfect to end my career winning the title.
This is what every sportsman wishes to. Many people told me not to retire, especially because I am delivering a good tennis but I am retiring the way I would love to. I prepared for that. Last year after becoming father and the Davis Cup tie in April, which was tense too, being fit again was really a struggle.
Once i took a decision, I was able to rest and end on a good note. I gave everything to tennis and I would like to be remembered playing a good tennis."