1,111 games later, 734 victories, 27 titles, a number three in the world and thousands and thousands of memories, David Ferrer says goodbye. He did it 17 years after its premiere in Estoril and he does it among friends and at home. The defeat against Alexander Zverev (6-4 and 6-1) was not important. The important thing came later, when the Magic Box and the track Manolo Santana, in the last match of the day, paid tribute to him
When the scoreboard reflected a 5-1 for the German, Ferrer realized that the end was near, looked at the horizon with a smile. When the match points came against, the Alicante could not take. On the verge of tears she had to ask for an instant, get close to the towel and dry herself.
A long exchange saw him leave like wine. Fighting He fought until his ball went beyond the baseline. With her, a career full of successes. He approached with a smile to the network, melted into a hug with Zverev and, as he did in Barcelona, left his bandana on the line of the track. Your last goodbye to the track.
Between shouts and shouts of «Ferru, Ferru», the tributes began. Two canvases were deployed from the roof of the Manolo Santana. In one, the inscription «Thank you, Ferru»; in another, a photo of the protagonist.
A video followed with some of his best moments, interspersed with the words of his colleagues and friends. Roger Federer, who asked him to be proud of his career, Feliciano Lopez, Caroline Wozniacki, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and many others dedicated a few words to Jávea.
«Thank you, it is being very emotional. I will never forget a day like this, "Ferrer started. "I want to thank, first the tournament, for giving me the opportunity to play my last professional tournament here. Also to Feliciano, because I know you have done it with a special affection ».
«Manolo (Santana), thanks for everything, without you none of us would be here. You always called me when I lost games when I was bad, that distinguishes a legend on a personal level, "he said.
Santana and Feliciano, present at the event together, among others, friends of Ferrer, his wife and son and Marc Lopez, gave the already extenist a plaque and a painting, as a last honor.
"I've never been able to get Madrid, not a Grand Slam, but the trophies are at home and they're just metal. What I really take away is your love. Thanks, "Ferrer finished.
With him one of the greatest tennis players in the history of Spain. A man capable of making semifinals in three of the four Grand Slam, of being a finalist in Roland Garros (2013), of reaching the final of the Masters Cup (2007), of conquering three Davis Cups (2008, 2009 and 2011) , to touch the Olympic medal in doubles in 2012 and to be one of the greatest fighters in the history of a sport created with legends.
Probably the best player ever to win a Grand Slam, David Ferrer leaves tennis as the first of the rest of the mortals, having shared generation with the best, and having shown that hard work is the most rewarding path to success.
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