UNICEF OPEN 2012
Ferrer Victorious In 's-Hertogenbosch
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff|
“I'm very, very happy. I've won two times here,” said Ferrer. “This is special for me because grass is maybe my worst surface. On a clay court or hard court, my game is more adapted.”
Ferrer won 78 per cent of his first serve points and broke the German three times to seal the final victory in 69 minutes, winning the pair’s first FedEx ATP Head 2 Head meeting.
“Today was a tough match. The key was with my serve,” assessed Ferrer. “I served very good all the match. I played my best match of this week. I was more consistent than in my last matches.”
The Spaniard evened his ATP World Tour final record to a 15-15 mark, celebrating his second grass-court title in 's-Hertogenbosch after winning in 2008. He leads all players with 43 tour-level victories this season and added to triumphs in Auckland (d. Rochus), Buenos Aires (d. Almagro) and Acapulco (d. Verdasco).
Petzschner was appearing in his third ATP World Tour final, aiming to end a title drought dating back to his first success in Vienna four years ago. The 145th-ranked Petzschner entered the tournament on a seven-match losing streak with a 3-10 record in 2012. He will jump to around No. 100 with his run this week when the South African Airways ATP Rankings are updated.
“I think he played a great match. He deserved to win the tournament and he was the best player here,” Petzschner said. “I made too many mistakes today. If I want to beat him, I have to play at my highest level. But I'm happy with the week. I played really good tennis.”
The 28 year old announced he would donate a portion of his prize money to UNICEF during the trophy presentation.