COPA CLARO 2012
Ferrer Halts Almagro To Win Buenos Aires Title
Buenos Aires, Argentina
by ATP Staff|
World No. 5 David Ferrer halted Nicolas Almagro’s 10-match win streak, overcoming the defending Buenos Aires champion 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the Copa Claro title on Sunday. "This is a very nice and happy moment," Ferrer said. "To win here is very special as it is a tournament that I really like."
After losing the opening set, Ferrer controlled the remainder of the final clash, facing just one break point. He broke Almagro three times, including twice in the third set to increase his undefeated reign over his countryman to a 9-0 mark. "At the beginning, I was limited by Nicolas," assessed Ferrer. "He served well, hit stronger, and was better then me. I knew that I had to improve. I ended very stable and Nicolas had more ups and downs."
Ferrer is the second two-time winner on the ATP World Tour this season, joining Milos Raonic. The 29 year old began his year by repeating as champion at the Heineken Open in Auckland (d. Rochus). He improved to 13-14 in title matches, collecting his seventh clay-court crown.
Almagro was aiming to win back-to-back titles during the Golden Swing for the second year in a row, having successfully defended his Brasil Open 2012 trophy in Sao Paulo last week (d. Volandri). He dropped to a 15-4 season record. "In the second set, I had chances but after, it all became more and more difficult. But I never lost confidence in my game. I think that David was a fair winner and he has proven this by the huge level of game he showed during the week."
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