HEINEKEN OPEN 2013
Ferrer Clinches Auckland Three-peat
Auckland, New Zealand
by ATP Staff|
World No. 5 David Ferrer tied Roy Emerson’s record of four Auckland titles on Saturday, defeating second seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(5), 6-1 in the Heineken Open final. It's the second time Ferrer has won a tournament in three successive seasons, adding to his current run at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco (2010-2012).
Ferrer is the second repeat winner this season, joining Andy Murray, who successfully retained his Brisbane International crown. The triumph marks Ferrer's 19th ATP World Tour title and he improved to 17-3 in finals against opposition ranked outside the Top 10.
“I’m really happy, because I did a new record for my career. It’s really nice to win one ATP tournament, but four times is very difficult,” said Ferrer. “I think the first set was the key. He served to win the first set, but he didn’t take his chance. I tried to fight for every point and in the important moments, I was there. In the tie-break, I played better.”
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The 30-year-old Spaniard was down a break of serve twice in the opening set, including at 4-5, when Kohlschreiber served for it. But after denying the German and winning the tie-break, the top-seeded Ferrer stepped on the gas to seal the win in 78 minutes. He improved to 7-3 against Kohlschreiber, beating him for the second straight year at the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court event.
Kohlschreiber was aiming to become the sixth player to capture multiple titles in Auckland, having lifted the 2008 trophy. He dropped to a 4-4 record in finals. His latest success came on home soil this past May, where he won the BMW Open in Munich (d. Cilic).
“Twice, I was a break up and had a good opportunity to take the set,” Kohlschreiber said. “I played really well, but I think after winning the first set, he missed almost nothing. He returned everything and my level dropped a bit. It’s very tough to play against him. The second set is a good example of him being too good all over the place… Overall, it was a great week. I really enjoyed it. It’s not every week I play in a final.”