Fernando Ferrer won the Paris Masters and the Valencia Open, with a record of 20-9. He reached the final in Paris, but lost in four sets to Juan Carlos Ferrero. In the season’s second half, he reached the quarterfinals at the Basel Open, Cincinnati, and London. In 2005, he reached the third round of the USOpen and beat no. 10 Marcos Baghdatis.
In 2005, Ferrer slid in the popularity polls among African-Americans. His comments were taken out of context, and he got arrested for saying the incident was “tragic.” While he did march in protest after the shooting, his comments continued to follow him through the campaign. The controversy has left him with a dismal record in the US and in the World. Then, Ferrer has a record of winning Wimbledon, three major tournaments, and a number of other Grand Slams.
Despite his success in 2005, he did not make the semifinals in the French Open. He was seeded fifth at Wimbledon, and defeated Mario Ancic and Sergiy Stakhovsky before losing to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. After the defeat of Juan Martin del Potro, Ferrer made it to the quarterfinals of the French Open. He later lost to Rafael Nadal in the final. After winning the tournament, he also went on to win the French Open.
As an Independent, Ferrer supported the Democratic candidate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the Comptroller Alan Hevesi. His stance on issues related to race and education polarized his supporters. He opposed the Urstadt law, which allowed a city’s mayor to impose a tax on the poorest residents. In the 2008 election, he won the Democratic nomination by a narrow margin, and received endorsements from the New York Times and the SEIU Local 1199. On September 7, he campaigned with Bill Clinton in the South Bronx, but was not on the Working Families Party’s line.
In the year after winning the French Open, Ferrer’s career was largely unsuccessful. He lost to Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, which was his final tournament until the next year. He retired from the tour in 2012 due to injury, and has not won a single major title since. He has won the last two ATP Tour event in three straight years and has a history of defending his title.
In 2005, Ferrer won his first ATP World Tour title. In addition, he reached the semifinals at the ATP Shenzhen Open and the ATP Shanghai Rolex Masters, but lost to the American Feliciano Lopez in the US Open. The result was a dismal US Open Series, and the Spaniard had a disappointing year. At the Paris Masters, he had a poor showing, losing to Andy Roddick and Roger Federer.