7/28/12 2:37 AM | Cheryl Murray
With compatriot and defending gold medalist Rafael Nadal out of the London games with a knee injury, David Ferrer will be carrying the mantle as the top-ranked Spaniard.
While David Ferrer is best known as a clay-courter, the current world No. 5 is good enough on all surfaces to make him a threat no matter where he is playing.
Ferrer's most recent Wimbledon resulted in a quarterfinal showing, where he lost to eventual finalist Andy Murray. And he will be the clear favorite to get through his section of the draw as the men's field takes to the courts of the All-England Club again.
It is of particular interest that the other top seed in Ferrer's section is Juan Martin Del Potro, a player Ferrer defeated in the round of 16 at Wimbledon this year.
As the No. 8 seed, Del Potro is seeded to meet Ferrer in the quarters, but lurking in the Argentine's section of the draw is Grigor Dimitrov, the young Bulgarian who has come into his own in the past few months.
This quarter should see Ferrer through, but he will have to get past Canadian Vasek Pospisil, who shot up the rankings 24 spots last week to world No. 85.
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