Ferrero counting on clay to hold back Roddick
Tue 30 November, 2004 12:13
MADRID, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Juan Carlos Ferrero hopes slow clay courts will help Spain's Davis Cup players claim a first victory over world number two Andy Roddick when they meet the United States in the final in Seville this week.
"He has always beaten us, but on fast surfaces. Now we will be on clay, which is our surface," said Ferrero, who along with his three team mates has never beaten the hard-serving American.
"He is a complicated player for us. I have only played him once, and I lost, in the 2003 final of the U.S. Open," Ferrero said in an interview with sports daily Marca.
Roddick has played 12 matches in total against Ferrero, Carlos Moya, Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo, and won them all. He holds a 3-0 record against Moya, like Ferrero a former world number one.
The low altitude of Seville, where the final is being held from Friday to Sunday, combined with the slow court, may help to dull Roddick's lethal serve -- the fastest in the world.
Ferrero, the only player from either team to have lifted the trophy before, said he was well rested after more than a month away from the circuit. Spain won the Davis Cup in 2000.
He took a break after a humbling defeat to Peru's Luis Horna in his first match of the October Madrid Masters tournament, which he blamed partly on a change of racquet.
"I was mentally tired and needed a rest," the 24-year-old said. "I have worked a lot on my resistance so I can last through five-set matches...I feel a lot better with my new racquet."