David Ferrer reluctant to claim 'Big Four' status

The modest Ferrer is one of the hardest workers on the men's tour and he had too much for Nishikori, who began the match brightly.

updated: January 20, 2013 12:50 IST
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Melbourne: David Ferrer beat Japan's Kei Nishikori to reach his third straight Australian Open quarter-final Sunday, but he then insisted he didn't deserve to be counted among the sport's "Big Four".

Ferrer, who will usurp celebrated fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal as world number four after the Open, baulks at talk that he belongs to the exclusive group alongside Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

The Spanish fourth seed was far too consistent and disciplined for 16th seed Nishikori, winning 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in 2hr 10min, but he brusquely dismissed suggestions he was in the top four on merit.

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  • Tennis
  • David Ferrer
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Stanislas Wawrinka
  • Roger Federer
  • Kei Nishikori
  • Bernard Tomic
  • Novak Djokovic
  • Andy Murray
  • Australian Open 2013