In an interview, the former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero spoke about younger people taking inspiration from Rafael” nadal> in order to get to the top of tennis. Ferrero said: “It’s good that younger guys see themselves in Rafa Nadal because dreaming is very nice but they should also see themselves in a Ferrer, Carreño, Almagro or Verdasco, who can be more ‘accessible’
Rafa’s legacy is a big one but people should appreciate what the others did too. I think kids get distracted too much now, for example with the mobile phone.” Ferrero added: “The character and mentality are more important than the talent and technique.”
Then he made a suggestion: “I think the five-set matches should no longer be there. Even in Grand Slams, until the end.” Asked what’s his best memory as an active player, Ferrero replied: “I do not think I could choose between French Open, the No.
1 and the Davis Cup of the 2000s. The three moments were unbelievable for me and they all stay in my head. I feel proud of all of them.” In October 2012, he announced his retirement from the professional tour: “It’s a very tough moment.
You have many doubts, even if when you deal with serious injuries you realize that you cannot be at your best level and you have to make a decision.” Ferrero now runs an Academy in Spain and also coaches Carlos Alcaraz.