Ferrer keeps career alive in Barcelona

David Ferrer has extended his goodbye to Barcelona as the veteran Spaniard won his opening match on Tuesday 6-3, 6-1 over Mischa Zverev.

The four-time losing finalist here – beaten on each occasion by good friend Rafael Nadal – will end his career at age 37 in a few weeks at the Madrid Masters.

Meanwhile, the little man whose fighting style took him to 27 ATP titles,  will next take on Lucas Pouille.

With Nadal set to play in the second round in an opener against Leo Mayer,  should both Spaniards win their next matches, they would meet in the third round.

Ferrer entered the Zverev match with some confidence as the pair clash on the showcase court  at the Real Club de Tenis named for Nadal.

“I saw myself as the favourite, but not because of Mischa´s bad results, but because this is clay and I´m not worn out physically,” Ferrer said.

“I’ll try to enjoy the Pouille match. He’s seeded (15th) but this is what I’m looking for, playing the good players to see what my current level is.”

Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online

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