David Ferrer has ended his last professional event in Australia on a high note, defeating Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(2) to ensure victory over France in Spain’s final round robin tie at Mastercard Hopman Cup.
The world No.125 Spaniard, who at age 36 says he can no longer compete for extended periods, will retire from pro tennis at Madrid in May.
It made a successful Hopman Cup debut all the more significant for the former No.3, who also pushed Alexander Zverev to three sets and claimed an upset win over Australia’s Matt Ebden at RAC Arena.
“It’s going to be the last matches in my career and I try to enjoy every point that I play,” said the Spaniard.
“For me it’s a pleasure to play here in this centre court at Hopman Cup. I never played but I am happy to have the chance to play one time here.”
Earlier, former world No.1 Garbine Muguruza put aside a thigh injury to beat France’s Alize Cornet in straight sets.
Spain’s Muguruza, ranked 18th, left the court when leading 3-0 in the first set to receive treatment and returned eight minutes later with strapping high on her left thigh.
Cornet was clearly struggling too and, after losing the first set 6-1, also required treatment on her back.
The Spaniard looked set for an easy victory when she jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second set also, but Cornet managed to break back before finally losing 6-1 6-3.