Player: David Ferrer
Current Ranking: 5
Today's Result: loss to Novak Djokovic (1st seed, Serbia) in straight sets
Ferrer is, quite simply, the hardest working player in tennis. His win against Nicolas Almagro (11th, Spain) was half Almagro-choke, half Ferrer-perseverance but the fact is, most players in Ferrer's position (down two sets and a break in the third against a darn good player) would have lost the match. Sadly, he didn't have much in the tank left for Djokovic. Ferrer now has 5 career semifinals at Majors, but no finals. He turns 31 in April. It would be great to see him cross the threshold before the window closes. Paris?
Ferrer, through his performance at the past four Majors, has earned the exalted status of Golden Squid.
He is the first player to enter this exclusive society while currently ranked in the Top 5.
Golden Squid Report
Sloane Stephens (Golden Squid since 6/29/2012) - Without a doubt, Stephens was the breakout star of this year's Australian Open. Her victory over Serena Williams (3rd, USA) in the quarterfinals established her as a force to be reckoned with on the tour. Her run came to an end against Victoria Azarenka (1st, Belarus) in the semis but this would seem to be only the beginning. Stephens is, after all, still only 19 years old.