David Ferrer played the final Miami Open match of his career on Monday when he fell to Frances Tiafoe, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.
Tiafoe joined the crowd in the celebratory applause to honor the 2013 runner-up, who competed at the Miami Open for the 17th time.
The round prior, the Spaniard earned his first Top 5 win since 2015 by knocking out the same player who eliminated him from the 2018 Miami Open, second seed Alexander Zverev.
“It means a lot because for me it’s a really special day,” Ferrer told the ATP Tour. “It’s my last year playing professional tennis, and winning this type of match against a Top 10 player like Sascha is a gift. I’m really happy. Now I want to enjoy this moment. I’m trying to enjoy every point and every moment that I still have."
Ferrer leaves Miami with a 34-17 record, the most matches he has won at an ATP Masters 1000 event, and two back-to-back semifinal appearances in 2005 and 2006.
The 36-year-old has just over a month of time left on tour, having announced at the 2018 US Open that the Madrid Open in May will be the final event of his career.