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Ferrer Continues Remarkable Year; Wins Third Valencia Title

Valencia, Spain

Ferrer© AFP/Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer celebrates winning his third Valencia title on Sunday.

David Ferrer continued his remarkable year by capturing a career-high sixth ATP World Tour title on Sunday, when he won his third Valencia Open 500 trophy.

The top seed added to his 2008 (d. Almagro) and 2010 (d. Granollers) titles with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine in one hour and 49 minutes.

Ferrer celebrated by hugging his great friend Juan Carlos Ferrero, who he partnered to the doubles semi-finals this week. He has now won the same number of titles in 2012 as Roger Federer.

"It's always very difficult to play at home," said Ferrer. "I knew it would be more difficult to win the title again. He's a very talented opponent. I played aggressively and it went well for me. I want to dedicate the victory to Juan Carlos Ferrero on his farewell. He has given me the opportunity to grow as a person and as a player."

Ferrer, who improved to 17-15 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals, received €342,850 in prize money and 500 South African Airways ATP Ranking points, while Dolgopolov picked up €154,570 and 300 points. Dolgopolov is now 2-2 in title matches.

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Ferrer got off to a strong start, creating break point opportunities in all three of Dolgopolov’s service games at the start of the final. Ferrer broke serve in the fourth and sixth games, finishing the set in 34 minutes, having won 19 of his 28 service points.

Dolgopolov, who is travelling without a coach, opened up a 3-0 lead in the second set, which he won in 30 minutes to set up a tense decider. At 3-3, Ferrer managed to recover from 15/40 to hold serve and broke Dolgopolov to 30 at 5-4 to record his 67th match win of 2012 (67-14).

"I couldn't take advantage of my opportunities in the third set," said Dolgopolov. "He took his chances and broke my serve with new balls. I'm happy to have reached the final, but maybe today I played worse. I enjoyed the tournament a lot."
 
Dolgopolov, who won 65 per cent of his service points and hit six aces, was appearing in his third ATP World Tour final of the season. A winner of the Citi Open at Washington (d. Haas) in August and runner-up at the Brisbane International (l. to Murray) in January, Dolgopolov is 34-24 on the year. 

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