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27th November
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By Chip le Grand
27 November 2003
SPAIN’s Juan Carlos Ferrero couldn’t explain what had just happened.
One minute he’s playing off in the final of the US Open and winning a Masters event in Madrid; the end-of-year No.1 ranking in his grasp and the tennis world at his feet.
The next, on November 10 in Houston, he’s back in the locker room after losing within an hour to David Nalbandian; his dreams of finishing No.1 reduced to paella.
“It is the first match in the whole year that I play like this,” Ferrero said at the time.
“You never know when it is going to come.”

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4th September
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by Joe Checkler
4 September 2003
Nobody could blame Todd Martin and Juan Carlos Ferrero for wanting to go five sets to settle their round-of-16 match at the 2003 US Open. A sparse but later-spirited Louis Armstrong Stadium crowd helped Martin take the No. 3 seed the distance in what became a two-day match, but the Spaniard prevailed 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.

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30th August
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by Neil E. Schlecht
30 August 2003
Juan Carlos Ferrero and Juan Ignacio Chela, two Spanish speakers with three names apiece and a shared predilection for red-dirt tennis, faced each other in a match that looked an awful lot like a clay-court contest. Ferrero won in straight sets after a long rain delay turned their day match into a night encounter on Armstrong Stadium, 7-5, 7-5, 6-1.
The two players moved each other around the court with similar heavy, topspin groundstrokes off both wings and occasional feathery drop shots. Unlike his compatriots, Ferrero, the No. 3 seed and current French Open champion from Spain, grew up playing on asphalt, and ultimately his shots had more weight behind them.

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28th August
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by Brad Falkner
28 August 2003
French Open Champion Juan Carlos Ferrero (aka “The Mosquito”) got off to a slow start, but regrouped to advance into the third round of the 2003 US Open with a 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Austrian Jurgen Melzer.
For the first two sets of the match, Melzer looked like a man capable of taking the sting out of “The Mosquito.”
Melzer’s crafty all-court acumen gave Ferrero fits in the first set, when he squashed the mosquito in 27 minutes. Ferrero struggled to find a rhythm on his serve, being broken in the second and sixth games of the set.
Ferrero fell behind early in the match, but took control the rest of the way with an array of blazing groundstrokes and an effective serves.

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25th August
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25 August 2003
Despite his own inconsistency and a valiant match from his qualifier opponent, No. 3 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero overcame Jan Vacek in four sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the second round of the 2003 US Open.
A three-quarters-filled Louis Armstrong Stadium saw a surprisingly entertaining duel between Ferrero and Vacek, complete with improbable winners, and even some humor. After regaining control of the match midway through the third set, Ferrero eyed a Vacek lob, faked a smash, and tried to loft a drop shot. Instead he barely hit the net, sending the crowd into a laughing frenzy that ended with the Spaniard half-bowing to his opponent and the stadium.

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6th August
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from Reuters
6 August 2003
MONTREAL, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Second seed Juan Carlos Ferrero strolled into the third round of the Montreal Masters with a swift 6-3 6-4 win over Morocco’s Younes El Aynaoui on Wednesday.
Canadian wildcard Simon Larose, who upset three-times French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten in the first round, continued his winning form by battling past Argentina’s Jose Acasuso 7-6 1-6 7-5.
Ferrero had lost his six previous encounters against world number 22 El Aynaoui but the Spaniard was in full control on this occasion.
“There is a first time for everything,” said the 23 year-old Roland Garros winner.
“I didn’t do mistakes in the whole match and I played very intelligent all the time.”
Ferrero, a clay specialist, said he needed only a couple of days of practise to get used to Montreal’s hard court.
His last tournament on the surface dates back to the Miami Masters in March.

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