Ferrer ousted Mischa Zverev with the message that he will resist before leaving the tournament | Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

Ferrer ousted Mischa Zverev with the message that he will resist before leaving the tournament

David Ferrer is reluctant to say goodbye to his fans in Barcelona so soon. Today, in his first match of what is his 15th participation in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, he has beaten comfortably Mischa Zverev, Alexander’s brother in 65', 6-3, 6-1. In the second round he will meet a much tougher opponent, the Frenchman Lucas Pouille, the 15th seed of the tournament with whom he has already met once in this season.

The public has been able to enjoy a lot of one of its favourite tennis players, one that reached four finals of the tournament, a record for a player who has not been able to ad his name as titlist of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. And at all times has supported the Spaniard, who is really looking forward to seeing him play not tomorrow against Pouille, but against Rafa Nadal in the fourth round on Thursday.

Ferrer has been faithful to his habit of winning at least one match in each of the tournaments he has played this year. He beat Robin Haase in Auckland, Malek Jaziri in the Australian Open, Tennys Sandgren in Acapulco and Sam Querrey in Miami, where he also reached the second round beating no other than Alexander Zverev in his best match of the year.

Now, as he says, he has to try to "put aside the emotions when entering the court" and he has valued this first victory on the Rafa Nadal court: "I saw myself as the favourite, but not because of Mischa´s bad results, but because this is clay and I´m not worn out physically."

In relation to his match against Pouille tomorrow, Ferrer recalled that he already faced him in the Hopman Cup, at the beginning of the year, "in a very tough match". "I will try to enjoy it very much," he said. Lucas is a great player, seeded here, but this is what I'm looking for, playing with the good guys to see what my current level is."