| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

 

The decorated career of Spaniard David Ferrer came to a close this week as he competed in his final tournament at the Mutua Madrid Open.

Ferrer had announced earlier this year that Madrid would be the last tournament of his career, and it ended at the hands of third-seeded German Alexander Zverev, who won 6-4, 6-1.

Afterwards, the Spanish crowd stuck around to honor and celebrate Ferrer, giving him a send off he will never forget.

“It’s been a very emotional night. It’s been completely different to any other important moment in my life that I have experienced previously. I was not expecting it,” said Ferrer. “I never expected a goodbye or farewell like today. I tried to play at a high level during the last year, but a day like today, people at work tomorrow, everyone stays here to support me and that is something that I will only have in my mind and in my heart. It’s something I will never forget.”

Ferrer wraps up his career with a singles record of 734-377 and 27 career singles titles.