Monday October 29, 2012
Ferrer wins in Valencia for sixth title of year
Valencia: World number five David Ferrer beat unseeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Valencia Open for the third time yesterday, claiming his sixth ATP World Tour title this year.
The local favourite, pushed all the way in a gruelling third set, climbed up into the stands after winning to embrace his friend and former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero who retired from the sport earlier in the tournament.
“I am delighted to win here at home in front of my fans and my family,” Ferrer told Spanish television in the cavernous clam-shaped Agora building in Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences complex.
“It was extra special today because Ferrero has retired here and I wanted to dedicate the title to him.”
The match was evenly-balanced in the final set with world No. 21 Dolgopolov, who defeated defending champion Marcel Granollers in the quarters, making life difficult for Ferrer with his big serves and clever changes in lines of attack.
“It was a very tough game,” Ferrer said. — Reuters