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22nd February
2004
written by kat

from the official Rotterdam website
22 February 2004
The 31st ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament lasted a little too long for Juan Carlos Ferrero. The Spaniard, who will rank second in the world as of tomorrow morning, had the better opportunities during the second set. He had two breakpoints during the seventh game, but failed to use them.
“Lleyton fought like a lion, and appeared to be incredibly fit. He seemed to be wherever I played the ball. Admittedly, he has played fewer sets this tournament. I had two opportunities, but missed one by hitting a stray forehand and the other by hitting the ball in the net.” Ferrero was disappointed, but not dejected: “I have played several great matches here, and was nearly knocked out of the tournament. Maybe it was simply one set too many.” “Lleyton Hewitt is playing well. He previously ranked first in the world, and he’s on his way back. I feel fully-recovered, and intend to play in Marseille next week, so that I can gain additional indoor experience.’’
Hewitt: “Thank you, Juan Carlos!”
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22nd February
2004
written by kat

from the official ATP Tennis website
22 February 2004
Lleyton Hewitt has charged to fourth place in the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race after stopping Juan Carlos Ferrero’s brave Rotterdam run in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament final on Sunday. Hewitt collected his 21st ATP title by defeating the Spaniard 6-7(1), 7-5, 6-4.
Hewitt, the INDESIT ATP Race winner in 2001 and 2002, surged to fourth from eighth after collecting 50 points for his second title of the season. Hewitt is now 14-1 on the year, having won the Rotterdam and Sydney titles. His only loss of 2004 came to eventual champion Roger Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Ferrero, who had won three consecutive third-set tie-breaks to reach the final, improved one place to third in the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race. Ferrero’s toughest victory came in the quarterfinals against Dutchman Raemon Sluiter when he won 12-10 in the third-set tie-break after saving two match points.
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20th February
2004
written by kat

20 February 2004
For the third time this tournament, Juan Carlos Ferrero won a match by clinching the tiebreak at the end of a hard-fought three-setter. The Spaniard beat defending champion Max Mirnyi 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (4). “The way these matches are going, this is fast becoming the toughest tournament of the season for me,” Ferrero said after the match. “I would love to win the final, and would greatly welcome an easy match.”
The Byelorussian was off to a good start, and comfortably held his service. His Spanish opponent found the going much tougher, and just managed to survive three breakpoints in the eighth game. The set went to a tiebreak, which the Byelorussian won 7-2.
Ferrero again proved his resilience and managed to take the second 6-3. Serving for the match at 5-4 in the third, Ferrero found himself at the receiving end of what was arguably the best return of the tournament. Few people were surprised when Ferrero subsequently forced the match into another tiebreak. The Spaniard immediately broke Mirnyi’s service, and used his first matchpoint to secure a place in the final (7-4).
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20th February
2004
written by kat

from the official ATP tennis website
20 February 2004
Former World No. 1s Lleyton Hewitt and Juan Carlos Ferrero will meet in the final of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Ferrero won his third consecutive third-set tie-break Saturday to reach his first final of the year, rallying from a set down for the second straight match to defeat defending champion Max Mirnyi 6-7, 6-3, 7-6(4).
En route to the final Ferrero won third set tie-breaks against John van Lottum in the second round, Raemon Sluiter in the quarterfinals (when he saved two match points) and against Mirnyi. In contrast, Hewitt has not dropped a set en route to the final.
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19th February
2004
written by kat

from Ticker
19 February 2004
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (Ticker) – No. 2 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain survived a scare Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the ABM AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Ferrero, who has dropped to third in the world rankings, reached the final eight with a 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) victory over John van Lottum of the Netherlands. It was the first meeting between the players.
Ferrero is playing in his first tournament since falling to Switzerland’s Roger Federer in the semifinals of the Australian Open.
“I didn’t play my best tennis today but I’m winning matches and I’m in the quarterfinals,” he said. “It’s not easy to play on an indoor court and to play Dutch players in front of their home crowd.”

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18th February
2004
written by kat

from the official Rotterdam website
18 February 2004
Although Juan Carlos Ferrero lived up to expectations by beating Dennis van Scheppingen, the Dutchman made life extremely difficult for the Spaniard: 6-3, 7-6 (5).
Ferrero was off to a flying start in front of the capacity crowd. He quickly built up a 5-0 lead, which allowed him to take the first set. In contrast, the second set went with service. In the end, Ferrero’s iron nerves prevailed during the tiebreak.
“It was a shame that I had such a poor start” Van Scheppingen said afterwards. “Very few of my first serves landed inside the lines, and I made far too many mistakes. The second set was very different, and I managed to keep pace with Ferrero”. Van Scheppingen is due to play the qualifiers in Marseille next Saturday.
It was Ferrero’s first ATP match following a short break. The winner of Roland Garros sustained a hamstring injury during the Australian Open. “I am very grateful that I was allowed to start on Wednesday. Although my next opponent, John van Lottum, is another Dutchman, I really don’t mind. My aim is to win the tournament.”

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