There will never be another Nadal - Ferrer

24 May 2020 01:59:08 GMTPlus10

David Ferrer played tennis in an amazing era for Spain, but he believes there will never be another player who can compare to Rafael Nadal.

Nadal has 19 Grand Slam titles to his name, just one behind all-time leader Roger Federer, with an incredible 12 victories at the French Open.

Ferrer himself won the French Open men’s singles title in 2013, while Spain won the Davis Cup three times during his career.

The now-retired 38-year-old runs a tennis academy, looking for the Spanish tennis stars of the future, but he concedes the chances of finding another Nadal is extremely unlikely.

Ferrer told AS: "What Rafa has achieved worldwide between Grand Slams, Godós, triumphs in Monte Carlo...is impossible.

"Rafa's numbers are stratospheric. There may be a new 'David Ferrer', but not a new 'Rafa Nadal'."

Ferrer was one of a golden generation for Spanish tennis, but the nation currently has just three players in the top 40 of the world rankings – Nadal (2), Roberto Bautista Agut (12) and Pablo Carreno Busta (25).

The former world number three added: "We have already gone through the retirement of Alex Corretja, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya who were great players and who achieved extraordinary things. But regarding Nadal, I don't think I will see a new player with such numbers."

Nadal is 1.90 to win a 13th French Open crown in 2020, while the Spaniard is currently 4.50 to win the 2020 US Open.

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