When Spain's David Ferrer found out that he was going to go opposite China's wonder wild card teen 18-year-old Yibing Wu, he must have become anxious as to his game is great enough to have any kind of edge over the youngster.
Last year in 2017 was a sparking season for the young Wu who was a top junior and had won boys' singles and doubles US Open titles as well as winning an ATP Challenger in China. Contrary to Yibing Wu's brilliant previous year, the Spanish veteran had captured only one title - the Swedish Open by defeating Federico Delbonis, Duston Brown, Fernando Verdasco and winning the crown at the final from Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Ferrer was nearly able to win the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati by whizzing past Steve Johnson, Pablo Carreno Busta, and Dominic Thiem. But Nick Kyrgios he couldn't battle and lost to him in the final.Ferrer's titles speak for themselves as he's won 27 of them in singles and two in doubles throughout his career and wouldn't bend to a young player without a vicious fight for victory.
The first set with Wu was a battling tiebreaker which Ferrer had to use all of his strategies from his career to out rally the young Chinese who wasn't proving to be as consistent as the veteran Spaniard by landing many balls either wide or long.
Wu came out steaming at the beginning of the set tiring David with over 15 rally strokes for him to create a netted shot. Ferrer had appeared in the Auckland tournament for the 13th time and he had the technical clout to be determined to not go down in the first round.
"It was difficult. He's a young player with a lot of power in his shots and maybe the key was experience in the important moments", he had spoken about the ambition of Wu who came down from 4-0 in the tiebreaker to get to two set points.
But it was Ferrer who was the mightier player when the set got to 5-all, those repetitious rallies caused Ferrer to create an unforced error. The Spaniard broke through when he had stayed steady using his patience and experience to win the grueling tiebreaker as the young Chinese became nervous, double-faulted and became anxious and inconsistent.
In the second set, Ferrer started seeing the light at the end of an open strategy that Wu was getting less effective and he overpowered him game after game to win the set and the first round of the ASB Classic. The second round will be Brazil's Joao Sousa as Ferrer's opponent and the Spaniard admit that "It's going to be a tough match, for sure ...
we will do a lot of rallies and it will be a very physical match ... I hope to play better than today", he had said encouragingly. For David Ferrer it's only the form at work as a professional tennis player and he is always anxious to get back on the court to prove that in most cases, experiences and patience will be the ingredients for his victories.