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Monfils up in ATP rankings, tightens Top 10 standings

Monfils up in ATP rankings, tightens Top 10 standings

LONDON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Gael Monfils moves up seven places in the ATP rankings and tightens the rankings-points difference for No. 9 Richard Gasquet and 10th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
No. 9 Gasquet puts ranking on line at French tournament

No. 9 Gasquet puts ranking on line at French tournament

LONDON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Richard Gasquet, the only Top 10 player scheduled to play this week, looks to defend his title at the ATP's tournament in France.
Germany within one win of ousting Spain in Davis Cup

Germany within one win of ousting Spain in Davis Cup

FRANKFURT, Germany, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Florian Mayer won in five sets to back a Philipp Kohlschreiber victory Friday and put Germany ahead 2-0 in a Davis Cup first-round series against Spain.
Spain's Marrero-Verdasco doubles team keys series in Germany

Spain's Marrero-Verdasco doubles team keys series in Germany

FRANKFURT, Germany, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco were teamed together for the key doubles match for Spain in its Davis Cup first-round series in Germany.
Wawrinka climbs to No. 3 in men's tennis rankings

Wawrinka climbs to No. 3 in men's tennis rankings

LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Stanislas Wawrinka, who beat the two top-ranked players in claiming the Australian Open title, jumped five places to world No. 3 Monday.
Wawrinka beats Djokovic, moves to Australian Open semis

Wawrinka beats Djokovic, moves to Australian Open semis

MELBOURNE, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Stanislas Wawrinka ended Novak Djokovic 25-match Australian Open winning streak with an impressive five-set victory Tuesday.
Dimitrov joins elite field in Australian Open quarters

Dimitrov joins elite field in Australian Open quarters

MELBOURNE, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Grigor Dimitrov won in four sets Monday and advanced to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal where he will meet No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open.
Djokovic advances to 7th straight Australian Open quarterfinal

Djokovic advances to 7th straight Australian Open quarterfinal

MELBOURNE, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic breezed through in straight sets and all the men's favorites won Sunday in the Australian Open fourth round.
Robredo upsets Gasquet at Australian Open

Robredo upsets Gasquet at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Tommy Robredo defeated ninth-seeded Richard Gasquet Friday, the second Top 10 player to exit the Australian Open men's singles draw in 24 hours.
Djokovic extends Australian Open win streak to 23 matches

Djokovic extends Australian Open win streak to 23 matches

MELBOURNE, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic ran his Australia Open winning streak to 23 matches Wednesday with a straight-set, second-round victory over Leonardo Mayer.
Del Potro making up ground in ATP rankings

Del Potro making up ground in ATP rankings

LONDON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Juan Martin del Potro, who won last week's ATP tournament in Sydney, pulled closer to his stated goal of reaching the top three in the ATP world rankings
Djokovic a straight-set winner in Australian Open

Djokovic a straight-set winner in Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic started his attempt at an Open Era-record fourth consecutive Australian Open title with a straight-set win Monday.

Isner wins Heineken Open

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- John Isner won the Heineken Open for the second time Saturday, defeating Yen-Hsun Lu in the finals 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (9-7).
Djokovic to open Australian Open against 90th-ranked Lacko

Djokovic to open Australian Open against 90th-ranked Lacko

MELBOURNE, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic opens his attempt for a fourth-consecutive Australian Open title against Lukas Lacko, the draw for the year's first tennis major showed Friday.
Lu ousts Ferrer at Heineken Open

Lu ousts Ferrer at Heineken Open

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Lu Yen-Hsun ousted world No. 3-ranked and three-time defending champion David Ferrer in Friday's semifinals of the Heineken Open in New Zealand.
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David Ferrer
The world No. 14 David Ferrer from Spain returns the ball to his opponent, the world No. 3, Novak Djokovic from Serbia, during the finals of the Men's Dubai Tennis Championships, Saturday February 28, 2009. Djokovic won the match 7-5, 6-3. (UPI Photo/Norbert Schiller)
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David Ferrer Ern (born April 2, 1982 in Xàbia, Alicante, Spain) is a Spanish professional tennis player who lives in Valencia, Spain who is currently #5 in the ATP Rankings and the second-highest ranked Spaniard behind World No. 2 Rafael Nadal. He turned professional in 2000. Ferrer is known as a clay court specialist, although he has had success on hard courts as well, as evidenced by his semi-final appearances at the 2007 US Open and 2011 Australian Open. He was part of the Spain Davis Cup team that won the finals in 2008 and 2009. He was also runner-up at the Tennis Masters Cup in 2007. He first achieved a top–10 ranking in 2006 and reached a career high ranking of No. 4.

Ferrer was born in Alicante, but he moved to Gandia at age 13, followed two years later by a move to Barcelona to attend the Catalan Tennis Federation. He spent nine months at Equelite, Juan Carlos Ferrero's Academy in Villena before moving back to Xàbia while practicing in Denia.

Ferrer has said that when he was young, if he did not practice hard enough, his coach, Javier Piles, would lock him up in a completely dark ball closet, which was 2m x 2m in dimensions, for several hours, sometimes giving him only a piece of bread and a bit of water for his stay in the closet. Ferrer has said that he did spend time quite often in that closet. At the age of 17, he felt he was fed up with tennis and sitting in the closet, and went to work at a construction site, but after a week there he returned to the club asking the coach if he could still remain at the club and play tennis. As of 2011, he is still coached by Piles.

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