“You feel that he can do anything and that you are missing that little bit,” he said of Federer. “He is the only tennis player who has made me feel inferior.”
Ferrero played in 17 Davis Cup ties for Spain, compiling an 18-6 record in singles rubbers, and helped them to their first triumph in the competition in 2000 and subsequent victories in 2004 and 2009.
He told As he would like to captain Spain’s team one day.
AP, BASEL, Switzerland
Nikolay Davydenko of Russia beat fourth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) in the Swiss Indoors first round on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old Davydenko, now 42nd-ranked after peaking at No. 3, saved Wawrinka’s five breakpoint chances in a second set that went with serve.
Wawrinka, ranked 17th, faltered in the tiebreaker, dropping three points on serve for Davydenko to win in two hours, 14 minutes.
Sixth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny was another Russian winner, easing past Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-0, 6-2.
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria upset eighth-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-3, 6-2.
In other matches, Brian Baker of the US beat Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, and Matthew Ebden of Australia beat Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland joined childhood friend Roger Federer in the second round, beating Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Kevin Anderson of South Africa downed Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Federer was to play his first match yesterday.