With Rafael Nadal still on the sidelines, David Ferrer is making full use of his compatriot's absence, since it allows him to go up on the rankings and hence, a top slot on one side of the draw of the Grand Slam he is in - including this year's Australian Open.
In the draw that he gets for this year's Australian Open, David gets a fair shot of getting the semifinal slot for this side of the draw. His prospective opponents include Ivo Karlovic, Marcos Baghdatis, Kei Nishikori, and Janko Tipsarevic - all tough - but none that David couldn't handle. In the past, David has shown that he can play well in all surfaces so I won't be surprised if he gets the semifinal slot of his part of the draw. Other prospective opponents he could meet are Mikhail Youzhny and Jerzy Janowicz, last year's wonder boy.