There is also the fact that to get any ranking at all you have to put the work in. Ranking points aren't just handed out on a whim.
To my mind Ferrer had a great year last year, 'small' tournaments or not, and deserves his place in the rankings. Whether he can stay there now Nadal is back is another issue really.
My interest in Ferrer isn't down to his looks. As much as I love him, he isn't that attractive lol. I just admire the way he gets the most out of his ability. I like his tenacity as well, and total lack of inflated ego. In short, I like him for much the same reasons that I like Andy, although I prefer Andy's game on the whole.
But still, those who like him are all females especially on this forum, while some of the males have said quite the opposite so far. Can't just be a coincident. Anyway, it doesn’t matter. Just an interesting observation.