9/7/12 10:11 PM | Johan Lindahl
US Open semifinalist David Ferrer has no problem in living his career in the overwhelming shadow of Rafael Nadal, the injured king of Spanish tennis.
Scampering retriever Ferrer has proved himself the match of most in the world. And with Nadal missing through his knee injury, his compatriot is carrying Iberian honour in New York.
"I think Rafael is very, very important for us because he's the best player of history in Spain and one of the best of the world. I don't care is without Rafael I was the number one of Spain.
"I've learned a lot with him, I'm close to him, In Spain, the people are looking at the tennis of Rafael in these moments, and I think it's very good for us, for the other players."
Ferrer has nothing at all bad to say about his compatriot. "Rafael, he is a very good person, and of course he deserve everything."
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