Come on now, who doesn't want to see David Ferrer make a Grand Slam breakthrough?
Seriously, the way he's been playing this year, along with the way he carries himself on the court, easily makes him someone to root for, in my opinion. His game is built on hard work, which anyone who's ever picked up a tennis racquet can admire. Plus, it would be nice to see someone who consistently knocks at the door be rewarded—with a finals appearance at least!
I'd say right now, he's playing the best clay-court tennis of anyone not named Rafael Nadal at the moment. (We haven't seen what Novak Djokovic is going to do on the dirt yet this year.) Ferrer will be hard-pressed against Nadal should they meet in the finals in Barcelona this week, or in later rounds down the road. And if those two were to meet in the title match of the French, you'd have to consider Rafa as overwhelming favorite as a player could be.
But as they say, "Everyone loves an underdog" and Ferrer is mine for the rest of the clay-court season.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.