The time has come. David Ferrer is retiring subsequent month after taking part in his last match on the Mutua Madrid Open.

He’ll depart at the back of him one of the crucial perfect careers within the historical past of Spanish tennis, replete with ATP Excursion titles (27), a Grand Slam last (2013 Roland Garros) and career-high ATP Rating of No. 3. The emotional reminiscences he left at the courtroom received’t be forgotten anytime quickly.

Forward of his first-round fit on Tuesday on the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Ferrer spoke with ATPTour.com about his 20 years as a certified.

In fresh weeks, we’ve noticed an iconic symbol; your bandana mendacity at the courtroom.
I don’t do it to appear just right. It began in Auckland. I misplaced the fit and that’s my ultimate reminiscence of every match. It’s like leaving your last drops of sweat at the back of.

The top of your profession could be very shut.
Sure, and I’m feeling just right. I think proud of my transition into accepting that I’m going to forestall taking part in and that this was once going to be my ultimate yr. There may be at all times somewhat little bit of worry on the ultimate tournaments. You take into accounts the way you’re going to really feel. However my function is to feel free. I think aggressive, I’m taking part in the tournaments that experience given me essentially the most affection and that I’m maximum occupied with. Due to the profession I’ve had, I will be able to glance again and really feel pleased with the whole lot I’ve accomplished.

Did you are expecting such a lot affection?
I truly didn’t. It’s truly stunned me. Above all, from my friends on the earth of tennis. For instance, in Auckland, which is an absolutely other nation, seeing how they recognize you. That’s why you wish to have to go away at the back of just right reminiscences of the entire years you’ve performed tennis. That’s what’s going to stick with me. Except for having been what I used to be as a participant, I’ve given one thing that folks preferred.

Is that price up to a name?
In fact, simply! It’s price extra! After all, all you have got left is the individual, The titles keep in my trophy room, however they’re not more than trophies. The reviews I’ve had, the love I’ve gained from the lovers and my friends and buddies on the earth of tennis is what’s going to stick with me.

How a lot have you ever grown as an individual because you began taking part in?
Smartly, it’s what I’m. Some of the issues I think happiest about is my development as an individual, yr through yr on the earth of tennis. If I glance again at myself when I used to be 20 years outdated and glance the place I’m now, I see two utterly other other folks. There could be a large number of issues about that child who was once beginning to play that I wouldn’t trust. However that’s a part of lifestyles. Failing, evolving, rising annually as an individual and as a tennis participant.

What would you assert to that child?
To relax, to be serious about doing different issues, to hear other folks, now not simply to these round him on the time. I’d say such a lot of issues to him! I’d ask him above all to be extra at ease and benefit from the second. I call for so much from myself, however in spite of that you’ll nonetheless revel in each second.

Had been you stressed to play through your oldsters?
I used to be very fortunate with my oldsters. I’m now not simply pronouncing that as it’s them, however I’ve at all times had nice recognize and regard for this game. They gave me values in lifestyles for which I can be forever thankful. My father has at all times set an instance. He at all times insisted that the essential factor isn’t to win or lose, however to do no matter you’ll, check out your perfect and revel in taking part in. You must be transparent that it’s just a game. You must keep in mind that defeat hurts and he understood that. However my oldsters did a just right activity and I by no means felt stressed.

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Have you considered what you’ll do when it’s over?
I haven’t considered it a lot. I’m certain it’ll be one thing on the earth of tennis. I really like and love it. My lifestyles has been so intense and I’ve travelled such a lot that what I would like is to be with my circle of relatives for some time and decelerate somewhat. With the ability to shuttle somewhat slower, to find the arena in a extra at ease approach and to center of attention extra on them. Spending time with my circle of relatives and my son.

I’d love to ski, to commentate, which I’ve by no means accomplished, and to know the way I will be able to keep up a correspondence… It’s some way of finding out via educating. I’ve truly loved educating 10 to 16-year-olds. It’s a time for younger other folks and teens and that’s the place I’d love to assist. No longer this yr, as a result of I need to take a smash, but it surely’s one thing I’m occupied with for subsequent yr.

Do you truly suppose that Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray have made you a greater participant? You assert that so much.
Unquestionably. They had been very formidable. Rafa has been a replicate for me. Even supposing he’s more youthful and joined the excursion later, I’ve discovered from him. Successful a match and successful it once more. Successful at Roland Garros, going to Queen’s Membership and successful once more… That confirmed me that it’s now not sufficient while you win a match. You must stay going. That helped me achieve quantity 3 on the earth and to have the consistency I did. If I hadn’t noticed the ones avid gamers, I wouldn’t were one of these just right participant.

However wouldn’t you have got received a Grand Slam in some other generation?
I’ll by no means know. If I hadn’t been one of these just right participant, perhaps I wouldn’t have received a Grand Slam. I will be able to’t get started interested by one thing I don’t know. I will be able to most effective say that I haven’t received a Grand Slam as a result of I wasn’t ready to. I’ve attempted to provide my all however I wouldn’t change puts with avid gamers that experience received one. There are avid gamers that experience one a Grand Slam and feature most effective performed one or two Masters 1000 finals. I’ve performed in seven, I’ve been the second one or 3rd participant within the historical past of Spain to win X suits, the 12th on the earth to win X collection of suits… My tennis lifestyles has been excellent. I felt just right about myself for a few years of my profession.

And the French Open last in opposition to Nadal?
It’s other as a result of I by no means had an opportunity. I’m now not blaming somebody, however my motivation for that fit was once now not the most productive. I went onto courtroom somewhat distressed. And that’s customary as it was once my first last. It’s logical. Anyway, perhaps in the ones moments we had been none the wiser. Neither myself or my crew had a greater concept of the way to way the fit. We did what lets.

<a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/players/david-ferrer/f401/overview'>David Ferrer</a> and <a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/players/rafael-nadal/n409/overview'>Rafael Nadal</a> at the 2013 <a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/tournaments/roland-garros/520/overview'>Roland Garros</a> final

Which avid gamers impacted your profession?
I’d say Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moyà, Albert Costa and Sergi Bruguera. I discovered so much from them. With Àlex Corretja too as Davis Cup captain. However first Juan Carlos, as a result of he helped me such a lot. He was once a replicate for me and he gave me just right recommendation. He was once the primary primary after which I got here alongside. It’s now not simple as a result of we’re from the similar group, however he opened his doorways to me and introduced recommendation. We had been very shut. It’s one thing I’ll be forever thankful for. It’s very similar to what I think now with Roberto Bautista.

Juan Carlos taught me to assist a tender participant. We were given on neatly and he gave me the risk to be with him at a match we had in Valencia. I’ve a large number of recognize and affection for him. If there’s something I be apologetic about, it’s now not having taken the step of running with him at positive issues of my profession. Gamers like Carlos and Sergi too, they’re figures that I may have learnt such a lot from. There have been instances in my profession once I didn’t know the way to try this.

<a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/players/juan-carlos-ferrero/f316/overview'>Juan Carlos Ferrero</a> and <a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/players/david-ferrer/f401/overview'>David Ferrer</a> at the 2008 <a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/tournaments/australian-open/580/overview'>Australian Open</a>

What number of true buddies do you have got from the excursion?
I’d say 3 or 4 buddies. I’ve a large number of friends for whom I’ve a large number of affection. However the friendship I think with Juan Carlos, with Feli and Marc López, I’ve a different affection for Rafa… Roberto Bautista too despite the fact that he’s more youthful. They’re particular other folks. I don’t truly like to call names even though.

Who’s the hardest opponent you’ve confronted?
For me, it’s Roger Federer. He would trade the tempo and force me loopy. Possibly I made him sweat like many avid gamers, however I by no means had the risk in an effort to beat him.

<a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/players/roger-federer/f324/overview'>Roger Federer</a> and <a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/players/david-ferrer/f401/overview'>David Ferrer</a> at the 2011 ATP Finals

Has lifestyles handed you through too briefly?
It’s long gone briefly as a result of I’ve been satisfied. When lifestyles is going sluggish otherwise you’re in a scenario you don’t like the whole lot slows down. For those who do a task you don’t like, I consider it will have to pass very slowly. Alternatively, I really like what I do, my paintings has long gone through briefly as a result of I’ve been satisfied

What made making a decision to finish your profession on the Mutua Madrid Open?
As it’s a Masters 1000, as a result of Feliciano is there, as a result of Madrid has at all times handled me unbelievably neatly. The folks love tennis and I’ve a large number of affection for town. I play at house, I’ve the risk to take action at a Masters 1000 and the most productive avid gamers are there. To me, having the risk to finish it taking part in in a match the place the most productive avid gamers are, that’s what I would like.

What do you take into accounts Feliciano being Match Director?
I truly adore it. I’m very biased as a result of he’s a pal of mine. However he’s a important determine on the earth of tennis. He’s a other folks particular person, he has a picture, he is aware of the excursion neatly and he understands tennis avid gamers. In that regard, he’s the perfect particular person for the function. I don’t suppose there will likely be a greater match director than Feliciano.

What has your dating with Manolo Santana been like all through this time?
It’s been excellent. Manolo is a smart particular person. Whilst you communicate to him and spot the jokes he makes… He has a more than pleased lifestyles at a past due age. He has a spark. He’s truly helped us younger avid gamers such a lot. I consider when he’d name once I misplaced and it’s atypical to look that any person is worried for you with out getting the rest in go back, however Manolo did that. I’ve such a lot recognize for the whole lot he’s given to tennis. He was once a pioneer. It’s because of him that we’re what we’re and I’m chatting with you nowadays.

What reminiscence do you want your son to have of his father?
I would love him to keep in mind that his father performed with him. That we do issues in combination, that I find out about with him and spend time with him. Clearly, I’ll by no means be his pal as a result of I’m his father, however I’d like him to really feel he can question me issues and to be open in that regard.

What are the highest 5 moments of your profession?
The [2013] Roland Garros semi-final the place I beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The [2012] Paris-Bercy last.

Had been you mindful that it was once your match?
I noticed my likelihood when Andy Murray misplaced, I noticed that Novak Djokovic, Rafa and Roger weren’t there… Additionally, at the moment in 2012, I felt very on the subject of them. It was once the most productive time of my profession. That leaves 3… After I received in Valencia. The Davis Cup [tie] in Seville and the Davis Cup [tie] in Barcelona.

Will you proceed to look at tennis?
Sure, in fact. I already do it as a result of I adore it. I don’t do it as a result of I leave out tennis or as a result of I’m now not at Indian Wells or Australia, simply to look at and uncover. I adore it, now not for any reason why particularly.

Will you leave out the adrenaline of festival?
That’s what I’ll leave out essentially the most. It’s going to be unimaginable to search out. Competing would be the factor I leave out essentially the most. I’ll have to search out different issues. Biking or one thing to calm the beast somewhat.

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