Ferrer: "It is rare to prepare Zverev against a friend and partner"

David Ferrer, coach of German Alexander Zverev, assures that his pupil will take a "step forward" and will play harder to have a chance to beat Pablo Carreño.


David Ferrer, coach of German Alexander Zverev, assured that his pupil will take a "step forward" and will play harder to have a chance of beating Pablo Carreño in the semifinals of the US Open. "I am happy that Alexander is in the semifinals and for the attitude he has shown. I am sure that he will take a step forward and play more aggressive to have his options," Ferrer said in statements to Eurosport collected by Europa Press.

Ferrer, on the third attempt by Zverev, agreed to be the coach of the current world number 7, and now he will see him face who, in his time as a player, was both a rival and a partner and friend. "I stopped playing a short time ago and that helps me because I know many players from training and competing against them. Passing on that experience is always good. I have known Pablo very well since he was a child since he came to Valencia to train with me and I really appreciate him, "he recalled.

"I am very happy that Pablo is in the semifinals competing at a high level. It is always positive that good things happen to good people. It is also weird because it is my first coaching experience and because I talk to Alexander to prepare for the match while that he faces a friend and colleague like Pablo, "he acknowledged. As for the origin of his relationship with Zverev, he was sincere. "In the year I retired professionally, he called me to try to work together. That same year was not the time and the next time I was working for Godó in Barcelona and I didn't have enough time," he said.

"The third time he called me, it coincided with confinement due to COVID-19 and it is true that I had more time available there. I really liked that he called me because surely I had more options, but that insistence and desire to work Together he convinced me. I am very happy on a professional level and also on a personal level, "he said.

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