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Nadal: ‘It’s Tough At The Top’

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Ferrer, Nadal© AFP/Getty ImagesRafael Nadal says David Ferrer deserves to have won more ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles.

Rafael Nadal says he feels for countryman David Ferrer and several of the other Top 10 players who have been denied chances to win big titles, calling it a challenging time in the sport. 

“I think that our era is [difficult]. Not only because of me; I'm just one player,” he said, after coming back from a set deficit to defeat Ferrer in the Mutua Madrid Open quarter-finals.

Nadal elaborated that players in the past “had chances to get through some draws” at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and Grand Slam tournaments, but stated that it was harder to do so these days. 

“Each time you go there you're playing against the best of the best,” said Nadal. “You never have a final where you say it has opened a little bit… In the past I think it used to happen more often than it does now, so that's why it is so difficult to win titles.”

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Since 2011, the ATP’s Big Four of Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray have combined to win 20 of 21 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. 

Ferrer alone has broken into the exclusive club of champions with his triumph at the BNP Paribas Masters last November. In March, he came close to claiming his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown, losing to Murray in a third set tie-break in the Sony Open Tennis final.

“David is there always,” said Nadal. “He has options of winning some like he had in Miami. And here, if he had made it to the semi-finals today he would have had an opportunity also… He deserves to have more Masters titles than he has.”

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