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16th September
2005
written by kat

original article from sina.com – translated by kat
16 September 2005
On the night of 16th September (Beijing time), JC won the quarter final match against Nalbandian 6-2 3-6 6-3 and is through to the semi final. He will possibly play against fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the semi final.
At the after match press conference, Ferrero made these comments about the match. “I lost my two previous matches against Nalbandian. He is a very good player but I think it is normal for us to have a close match. We played at a similar level today so it was a great match. I am very happy to win and now have to prepare for the next match.”
In today’s match the fans were also very passionate. It seems Ferrero had more female fans. About the female fans, he said, “this… I don’t know. I don’t know why. But I do have many fans in China. I have very happy that they are here to support me. Maybe it’s because I play here every year so they tend to recognize me!”
After Ferrero reached the semis, his next opponent will either be Nadal or Wessels. Based on potential, Nadal has a better chance of reaching the semis. Ferrero has played against Nadal three times this year and lost all three matches on clay. When asked about the possibility of meeting his ‘nemesis’ Ferrero said, “Yes I lost my last three matches on clay against Nadal. He is a very good player and is always very confident when he is on court. But I am full of confidence in our possible fourth meeting. If I will be playing against him tomorrow, on hard courts it will be difficult for both of us but we both have a chance of winning. I will try my best and will probably have to play better than my previous matches.”
As the 2005 season draws to a close Ferrero was asked to compare this season with the last. He said, “I cannot compare with last year. This is because I did not play for 7 months. At that time I was injured. At the start of 2005 I had to begin with a ranking of 98! It’s just like starting out to be a professional player all over again. But I have performed quite well this season and I am happy about it. Now my ranking is getting closer to the top 10.”

*Original article (in Chinese) can be found here*

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