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Ferrero ends career with a loss on home soil

1:51 PM, Oct 23, 2012   |    comments
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Valencia, Spain (Sports Network) - Former world No. 1 and former French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero played his final match on the ATP World Tour on Tuesday.

The wild card Ferrero lost to sixth-seeded fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in 7-5, 6-3 fashion on the hardcourts at the City of the Arts and Sciences at the Valencia Open. Ferrero bowed out for a last time in 1 hour, 41 minutes on Day 3.

Almagro is a two-time Valencia champion (2006-07), while Ferrero captured this event back in 2003.

The 32-year-old Ferrero, who had been plagued by injuries the last two seasons, announced last month that Valencia would be his final event on the circuit.

Nicknamed "The Mosquito," Ferrero appeared in 34 career finals, capturing 16 titles. He reached the top of the rankings in September of 2003.

The 15-year-pro appeared in three Grand Slam finals, including his lone victory at the 2003 French Open. He was also a 2002 French Open runner-up and lost to Andy Roddick, who retired last month, in the 2003 U.S. Open finale.

Ferrero earned just under $14 million in career prize money and helped Spain capture its first Davis Cup title in 2000.

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