David Ferrer is the absolute epitome of consistency, which is why it is so difficult for any player outside of the top 10 to have a chance against him if he is anywhere near his top form.
The Spaniard sputtered for a while in the first two sets of his 6-7(5) 7-5 6-2 6-1 victory over
Florian Mayer of Germany in the fourth round on Sunday, but for the ninth Grand Slam in a row, he has reached at least the quarterfinals.
“I am proud for that. The last four or five I’ve played very good in Grand Slams,” Ferrer said.
The 31-year-old does not own 13 major titles like frequent Grand Slam second week visitor Rafael Nadal, but, at least for the past two years, he has been able to stay on the circuit for more months than his younger compatriot, and has avoided early-round knockouts.
Widely acknowledged as one of the tour’s hardest workers, Ferrer simply wore the taller Mayer down from the backcourt at Hisense Arena. Mayer did a fine job of staying with Ferrer in rallies and tried to confuse him by changing the pace, but by the third set, the Spaniard simply took Mayer’s legs out from under him.
Although he isn’t one of the tallest players on tour, Ferrer served much more effectively, winning 74 per cent of his first serve points, while Mayer could only manage to take 55 per cent of his own.
Ferrer nailed 64 winners in the match to just 33 from Mayer.
“I moved better and did less mistakes, and played with more power in the third and the fourth sets,” Ferrer said.
“Today was my best match of the week; in the next match I hope to play at a similar level.”
Ferrer reached his first Grand Slam final last year at Roland Garros, taking out Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before going down to Nadal in the decider.
He reached his second Australian Open semifinal in 2013, coming back from two sets down to defeat Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
Ferrer, who also reached the Australian Open semis in 2011, will play the winner of Sunday’s match between Tomas Berdych and Kevin Anderson in the final eight on Tuesday.