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David Ferrer's greatness isn't based on showmanship

Updated: July 1, 2013, 5:14 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

LONDON -- If it is possible to be simultaneously innocuous and polarizing, then David Ferrer has perfected the contradiction.

He never makes headlines for his personal life. In the game, Ferrer does not toss Bernard Tomic- or Ernests Gulbis-style verbal grenades. When he does speak, it is at such a low volume and with such a bland, skim-milky focus on the task of playing tennis that his post-match interview sessions are hardly attended.

In terms of high-wattage charisma, Ferrer makes ...

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