David Ferrer is retiring this month after playing his final tournament at the Mutua MadridOpen.
He will leave behind him one of the best careers in the history of Spanish tennis, replete with ATP Tour titles (27), a Grand Slam final (2013 Roland Garros) and a career-high ATP ranking of No.3.
Ferrer has revealed the impact of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on his career.
"Yes, of course, I’m really happy with my career,"
he said in Madrid. "It was very consistent. I have been seven years in the top-10, a lot of years top-15. I won a lot of matches. I am very proud about my career. ‘Of course, I don’t have a Grand Slam but I always tried to do my best. ‘I am very happy with everything I did and you know I played with Roger, Rafa, Novak, Andy Murray – four of the best tennis players in the history. But for me it was good because I improved a lot my game. Maybe without them I would never be No. 3 in the world. ‘I’m really quiet about that and proud about everything I did and nothing else. I did the best of me in everything. I tried to improve every year with my tennis, my mind, my personal life so I really appreciate everything about tennis."