Things didn’t look good from the outset for Ferrer, as after his quarter-final, when asked if he thinks he belongs as a permanent part of the ‘Big Four’ he said: “No, no. I think the top four, they are better.” Whether the Spaniard was just being modest, or if he was predicting the future, we will never know. But we do know that when he did, yesterday, face one of the top four – top-seeded Novak Djokovic – and it was quite a disaster. The Sebian won 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 and, at 1 hour 29 minutes, was shorter than both women’s semi-finals and the other men’s semi-final.
However, you will wonder why Ferrer didn’t challenge Djokovic nearly as much as Wawrinka. This is quite simply because Djokovic, as you can see from the stats below, was statistically better in every way the Australian Open measure!
Throughout the game, Ferrer continually stroked the ball quite predictably, whereas Djokovic – who did occasionally push his luck with the line judges – varied his shots massively, and the Spaniard could quite frankly not keep up. At the end, Ferrer actually gave-up; not literally, but hitting three straight unforced errors when you’re losing to the top seed 6-2, 6-2, 5-1 is understandable.
Post-match, Djokovic said: “It (the result) can only do positive things to my confidence. Definitely at this stage of a tournament, playing semifinals against the world No. 4, somebody that I have respect for, great competitor, and being able to perform as well as I did, it’s incredible,”