David Ferrer's career ends with the defeat in Madrid.
MADRID: David Ferrer He Finished His Career With A Defeat Of 6-4, 6-1 Ante Alexander Zverev In The Second Round In The Madrid Open On Wednesday.
The 37-year-old Spaniard Had Announced That It Would Be His Last Tournament Because He Did Not Feel That He Was Fit Enough To Keep Competing At A High Level On Tour.
Ferrer Finished His 20 Year Career With 27 Individual Titles, The Fifth Best Among The Active Players Behind The First Four Roger Federer , Rafael Nadal , Novak Djokovic & Andy Murray .
Ferrer had 733 wins in 1,111 matches , fourth-best among active players .
Visibly overcome by his emotions , Ferrer had a difficult time serving while facing match point , backing off a few times & asking for a towel to wipe his face .
After losing he received a standing ovation from the crowd at the packed ``Magic Box'' center court , then went back to leave his headband on the ground near the net .
Ferrer spoke for several minutes in a ceremony to honor him , thanking everyone who helped his career .
``I'll never forget this day,'' he said , with his wife & son by his side. ``I've been very lucky. I've always wanted to end my career like this. I couldn't keep playing at the level that I wanted , but I'm very happy & very proud of my career.''
Messages from other players were shown on the large screens during the ceremony , with most praising Ferrer's toughness & ``never-give-up attitude'' on the court .
``All the players are very sad he is retiring,'' said Zverev , who also looked moved. ``You always left everything on the court , in every single match. It's a privilege for me to be here playing against you in your last match.''
Ranked 144th entering the Madrid tournament , Ferrer got off to a good start against Zverev , opening a 4-1 lead in the first set. But the defending Madrid Open champion rallied to win the next five games to close out the set & eventually the match .
Ferrer lost to Nadal at the 2013 French Open final , the only time he made it to a Grand Slam title match. Ferrer was No. 3 in the world that year , his highest ever ranking. He was among the top 10 for seven seasons. He also won three Davis Cup titles with Spain .