MADRID – Spanish tennis player David Ferrer, who is retiring after playing his final tournament in Madrid, fantasized Thursday about choosing his opponent in his last match.
Ferrer explained the reasons behind his decision to retire at the Madrid Open and talked about wanting one more chance at playing the Swiss tennis superstar Rodger Federer.
“Federer would not be bad (to play as a final opponent). I have never managed to defeat him and that does not mean I will beat him now. It would be spectacular, but I am lucky that the best are in Madrid and it will be special with whomever I finish with,” the Spanish pro explained at a press conference.
Ferrer also spoke about the professional career he has enjoyed for more than a decade.
“I have (played) at a very even level. As for my career, I did not achieve something great like a Grand Slam, but I have contributed in a small way to Spanish tennis. Davis Cups have been very emotional and I have had very nice moments, especially with my fellow (tennis players),” said the 37-year-old player.
When asked why he would end his career in the Spanish capital’s leading tennis tournament, Ferrer explained: “I chose it because it is a Masters 1000 and the best (players) come. I have the opportunity to end my career with the people who have always followed me, and it is home.”
“I feel happy to end (my career) in this way; enjoying the last matches. To extend it more would be very wearying, very hard. I think it is a good decision, I will have another more relaxed life and I am excited to do other things,” the player added.
Ferrer said that playing in Madrid was the best way to have a grand ending to his career.
He explained that he wanted to enjoy “every sensation of playing on the center court and then enjoy what comes. I know there will be many special moments and lifetime memories from tennis, but now I am focused on playing.”
Ferrer has not yet decided on any plans for the future when the tournament comes to an end and his new competition-free life begins.
“I will continue to be linked to the world of tennis, but I do not know how. I need to be with my family.
“I do not have a future project, in the short term the important thing is my family, my wife and my baby,” Ferrer concluded.