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20th August
2004
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from Tennis-x.com by Richard Vach
20 August 2004
Juan Carlos Ferrero is hot.
That’s what I hear, anyway. From the wife, from the multitude of fan websites, from the chattering smiley-face-posting teens on the discussion boards.
Those eyes. That hair. Women post mini-novels on the Spaniard’s physical attributes, which is interesting since “The Mosquito” or “Chavalito” (little kid) or as he’s termed in the U.S. by many male tennis fans, “That Skinny-Ass Kid from Spain,” are not the most physically endearing of nicknames.
Perhaps it’s that particularly wiry frame that has contributed to the Spaniard’s fall from grace in 2004. Succumbing to a host of injuries (and illnesses) this year, the six-foot 160-pounds-soaking-wet Ferrero is now only a few hundred points from tumbling out of the Top 10, this only eight months after he was challenging for the year-end No. 1 ranking at the end of 2003.
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1st July
2004
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from Deuce Magazine by Jose Higueras
July 2004
Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero has finished in the Top 5 of the INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking in each of the past three years. Only Andre Agassi has done the same. Last year Ferrero became the first player in more than 20 years to win 30 or more matches on both hard courts and clay. What makes him so good? Leading coach Jose Higueras breaks down Ferrero’s game.
Forehand – Ferrero’s ability to penetrate from different parts of the court makes his forehand his biggest weapon. The shot is technically solid, allowing him to change direction with ease to go crosscourt, inside out to the ad court or down the line. He can vary the speed to make his forehand play heavier and higher, or flatten it out to crack the big winner. If presented with a short or mid-court ball on the forehand, Ferrero will likely hit a winner or a forcing shot to make his opponent miss. His ability to find all reaches of the court from that position–with a combination of power and angles–forces many opponents to guess which side he’ll hit to.
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23rd May
2004
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from scotsman.com by Moira Gordon
23 May 2004
WHEN Juan Carlos Ferrero won at the French Open at Roland Garros 12 months ago, he honoured a bet to take a pair of clippers and shear the locks off his backroom staff. A year on, just making it into the second week of the event could prove to be a closer shave.
Such is the strength in depth of the men’s game as they embark on the second Grand Slam of the year that any one of well over half a dozen players could be considered genuine title contenders on the Paris clay as the tournament gets underway again this week.
Which is bad news for the Spaniard. With the challenge from his rivals looking stronger than ever, the 23-year-old is struggling to find the mettle and the stamina needed to succeed in rudimentary competition, let alone a two-week Grand Slam slog, with four and five-set battles more likely than not. He pushed himself to the limits in 2003 and, granting himself little respite before the new campaign got underway, when he chose to represent his country rather than take a much needed breather, the player, who only just lost out to Andy Roddick in the Champions Race, is weaker, mentally and physically than he would like as he goes into his favoured slam.
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22nd May
2004
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from Tennis Week by Richard Pagliaro
22 May 2004
The Mosquito’s baseline bite helped him soar to supremacy in Paris last year. But illness, injury and inadequate preparation have set a fly-trap that may well sap the sting from defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero in his efforts to raise the Roland Garros title trophy again.
Roland Garros begins on Monday. The draws for the clay-court drama were released today and present challenging pictures for three of the primary contenders: top-seeded Roger Federer, third-seeded Guillermo Coria and Ferrero.
In the past, the tournament has served as a clay-court canvas for skilled clay-court players to produce a Parisian paradise with their signature strokes. Ferrero crafted his first Grand Slam championship on the red clay last year, but the man affectionately nicknamed “The Mosquito” must face a series of adversaries — wrist and rib injuries that have limited him to one light practice session this week — before he even gets to his experienced opening-round opponent, former No. 2 Tommy Haas. The fourth-seeded Ferrero is 2-0 against Haas, with both wins coming on clay, but the unseeded German claimed his first career clay-court championship in Houston last month beating defending Andy Roddick in the final.
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22nd May
2004
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from ATP Tennis
22 May 2004
* THE DEFENDING CHAMPION — Juan Carlos Ferrero is trying to become the first player to repeat as champion at Roland Garros since Gustavo Kuerten in 2000-2001. But the Spaniard is trying to regain his form from last year when he came into Paris with a 21-2 clay court match record and winner of two clay court titles. This year he has been hampered by illness and injury and he enters Paris with a 5-2 clay court mark without a title. In March, Ferrero missed one month of action after contracting chicken pox. He returned in April for a quarterfinal Davis Cup against the Netherlands (winning both matches) and then followed with a semifinal showing in Valencia and first round exit in Monte Carlo on Apr. 20, his last match. He was not ready to come back until Hamburg but he injured his right wrist and ribs when he fell while practicing in Valencia on May 8 just two days before the start of the tournament.
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29th April
2004
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from the official Roland Garros website by Eric Salliot
29 April 2004
Juan Carlos Ferrero will soon return to the site of the sweetest success of his career. Since winning at Roland Garros last year, El Mosquito has soared to unprecedented heights, but there are signs that he is starting to fall back down to Earth just at the wrong time. Will the reigning champion be able to recover and hang on to his title?
If Juan Carlos Ferrero seemed to coast to victory in last year’s French Open Final, it was perhaps because he had already played that match many times before in his dreams – lifting the Musketeer’s Cup had always been his greatest ambition, and inexperienced Dutchman Martin Verkerk could do little to stop the Spaniard claiming it in straight sets (6-1, 6-3, 6-2).
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