Posted: Friday 13th June 2014 at 8:12 am

David Ferrer aims for glory in the Netherlands


The Spanish world number seven competes on grass for the first time this year, having won the ATP 250 event in 2008 and 2012.

Ferrer goes in as the top seed and should be hard to stop despite it being on what is arguably his least favourite surface.

The consistent 32-year-old is the only top-10 player in the draw for the event in the Netherlands.

Ferrer has reached back-to-back quarter-finals at Wimbledon and, in the last tournament before the grand slam begins on June 23, will be looking to start finding his best form.

Of the eight seeds, four are from Spain as Fernando Verdasco, Roberto Bautista Agut and Marcel Granollers join Ferrer.

Eccentric Frenchman Gael Monfils could be a threat but he only managed to reach the second round at the Gerry Weber open.

The talented Monfils has battled to have a major impact on grass, yet is capable of just about anything and did reach the quarter-finals at the French Open.

Russian Dmitry Tursunov is another seed but has largely struggled on grass, as has Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

Pospisil claimed his first win since the Australian Open with a victory over Paolo Lorenzi at the Aegon Championships.

Defending champion and eighth seed Nicolas Mahut shapes as being the biggest threat to Ferrer’s chances of winning the title.

Mahut is a strong grass-court player having won two titles on the surface in 2013 and he will need to be near his best to stop Ferrer.

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