Ferrero satisfied with grass learning curve
Spain's French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero said he had plenty to feel satisfied about despite his loss to Sebastien Grosjean.india Updated: Jul 02, 2003 00:29 IST
Spain's French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero said he had plenty to feel satisfied about despite his fourth round Wimbledon loss on Tuesday to Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean.
Claycourt specialist Ferrero, 23, slumped out as Grosjean advanced 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/3) to a quarter-final with Briton Tim Henman after polishing off the final set of a match which was held over from Monday night.
Despite failing to emulate Swedish superstar Bjorn Borg, the last man to lift the French Open title and Wimbledon in the same year when he performed the feat for the third time in 1980, Ferrero said he believed his grass game has come a long way in the past week.
"I think I was playing very well this Wimbledon on the grass," said Ferrero, who along with the vast majority of Spanish-speaking stars rarely shines on the surface.
Prior to this his third visit he had made exits in the third and second rounds but looked much more comfortable this time - until coming up against Grosjean, winner of the warm-up event at Queen's Club.
"Maybe if I had been a little more lucky I might have made the quarter-finals," said the man nicknamed Mosquito, who rued some close calls which went against him.
"My serve was a little off today - I was having to rely on a number of second serves.
"If you serve well you get a good number of free points - as was the case for me at Roland Garros," said Ferrero.
"Grosjean was playing better than me - but I don't think I have a lot to improve regarding shots or my movement.
"I think I can play very well here. I feel good on grass. The other years I didn't feel so well. I think in the future I can play good here.
"Losing today I lost out on a chance to target the number one spot. But I have the rest of the year to go after that."
First Published: Jul 02, 2003 00:29 IST