Rafa largely to blame for Ferrero's downfall

Updated: October 26, 2012, 12:28 PM ET
By Peter Bodo

There was a poignancy to Rafael Nadal's semi-surprise visit to Valencia, Spain, early this week. He was the most celebrated of the ATP pros who turned out to say goodbye to Grand Slam champion and former ATP No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Ferrero, 32 years old and now down to No. 161, chose to make the hometown Valencia Open his final singles tournament. He lost in the first round to Nicolas Almagro, a countryman who later thanked Ferrero for "pushing me to become a professional."

Almagro ...

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