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7th May
2008
written by kat

May 7, 2008
ROME, ITALY
J. FERRERO/R. Nadal
7-5, 6-1
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You looked very happy at the end the match. Can you tell us what you felt and when it meant for you?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: At first I felt really happy because, you know, I played a really good match. I played very well the whole match.
After I was very happy because I beat the best in clay court. You know, I was also happy because I never beat him — I never won a set against him on clay court, so after the match I think for all this reason that I said I was pretty happy, of course.
Q. The fact that Rafa was injured – he complained about the foot injury at the press conference here – what does that take away from your win? Do you feel it takes a little bit of shine away from your win?
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Could be, could be. But I also had injury in my abductor from yesterday. I couldn’t move 100% also. And you know when you go to the court and you decide to play, I think the injury is not reason to say yes or no.
I think, you know, he play as — I think — as good as he can with the injury and everything.
You know, at the end I play a little bit better than him. I think. I think. I don’t know if it was big reason to don’t play at his best level, the injury.
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10th May
2003
written by kat

from Reuters
10 May 2003
ROME, May 10 (Reuters) – The combined forces of fourth seed Roger Federer and an Italian prankster proved too much for Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero, who retired from his Rome Masters semi-final on Saturday when losing 6-2 4-2.
The match between Ferrero, winner of 21 out of 22 claycourt encounters this year, and Federer, who has only lost one set in nine matches on clay in 2003, had been eagerly awaited.
Number two seed Ferrero was serving to level the second set at 3-3 when Federer approached the umpire to question a late line call.
That proved the cue for Gabriele Paolini — known as the prophylactic prophet — to leap from his seat at the side of the court and throw condoms at the players.
Paolini has disrupted other events using the same tactic as he tries to publicise the use of condoms after one of his friends died of Aids.
After several minutes security guards led Paolini from the court amid chants from the crowd of “imbecile”, but Ferrero’s concentration was broken and Federer won the next two points to break serve for a 4-2 lead.
In the following game Ferrero threw in the towel, citing an inflammation of his shoulder.

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10th May
2003
written by kat

from AFP
10 May 2003
ROME (AFP) – Switzerland’s Roger Federer won through to the final of the 2.45-million-euro Rome Masters Series after defeating Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero.
The number four seed clinched his place in Sunday’s finale after Ferrero, the number two seed, retired with a right shoulder injury when trailing 6-2, 4-2.
Federer will face Felix Mantilla after the unseeded Spaniard ousted two-time Grand Slam winner Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the day’s other semi-final.
Winner of his third ATP title of the season in Munich last week, Federer expressed sympathy for his opponent, but admitted he was delighted at making the final.
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8th May
2003
written by kat

Tournament Tales
from ATP Insider
8th May 2003
TOURNAMENT TALES
->> – IN ROME: Spanish stars JUAN CARLOS FERRERO and CARLOS MOYA took in some of the sights in Rome during the Telecom Italia Masters. Ferrero was given a tour of some of the city’s most famous landmarks, while Moya took time out on Monday to go shopping at the famous Georgio Armani store.
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7th May
2003
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The Swiss encounters his first set-loss of the week against Italian wild card Filippo Volandri
from ATP Tennis
7 May 2003
Fourth seed Roger Federer ousted wild card and crowd favorite Filippo Volandri 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, thus winning his 35th match of the 2003 season. The Italian handed Federer his first set-loss since falling to Albert Costa in the Miami quarterfinals in March.
Federer’s semifinal opponent is No. 2 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero, who improved his 2003 record on clay to 21-1 by scoring a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Germany’s Rainer Schuettler.
Ferrero competes in Rome for the fourth time in his career and holds a 13-2 record at the Foro Italico. It was here that the 23-year-old captured his first Tennis Masters Series title in 2001 and has lifted a total of three Tennis Masters Series shields in his career. The other two are Monte Carlo in 2002 and 2003.
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9th May
2002
written by kat

Taken from the Official ATP Tour website
Extract from ATP Insider – 9 May 2002
TOURNAMENT TALES
IN ROME…Italy’s DAVIDE SANGUINETTI was a guest on the Buona Domenica show on Canale 5 with popular Italian presenter Maurizio Costanzo on Sunday afternoon. At the end of his appearance, Sanguinetti presented Costanzo with a racquet and invited him to play tennis. … MARAT SAFIN fought his way through the crowds to sign autographs at La Gazzetta dello Sport stand, where there were hundreds of fans chanting his name as they waited for him to arrive. … Players practicing at the Due Ponti Club donated items to the Tennis for Africa charity. The ‘Tennis Day Africa’ was organized to raise funds to build schools and hospitals in Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Guinea Bussau. Players taking part included DAVIDE SANGUINETTI, MOSE NAVARRA, MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS, JAMES BLAKE, FEDERICO LUZZI, HICHAM ARAZI, THOMAS JOHANSSON, ALBERT PORTAS, SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN, JUAN CARLOS FERRERO and ALBERT COSTA.
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