COPA CLARO 2013
Ferrer Retains Buenos Aires Trophy; Wins 20th Title
Buenos Aires, Argentina
by ATP Staff|
World No. 4 David Ferrer successfully retained his title at the Copa Claro on Sunday in Buenos Aires, defeating third seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to clinch his 20th ATP World Tour trophy.
“I am very happy for this title. I cannot describe it with other words,” said Ferrer. “It’s very hard to win back-to-back titles, and this tournament in Buenos Aires is always very tough. I am very proud.”
In winning his 10th clay-court crown, Ferrer moved into a third place tie with Nikolay Davydenko and Roger Federer for the most titles on the surface among active players. The top seed repeated as champion for the second time this season, after winning his third successive title at the Heineken Open in Auckland (d. Kohlschreiber). Ferrer's title in Buenos Aires marked the fifth straight year a player from Spain won the event.
“Spanish tennis is going through a marvelous time,” Ferrer said. “In the last 10 to 15 years, there [have been] great tennis players. There are always a couple of players in the Top 10 and because of that, since 2009, there have been only Spanish players winning this tournament.”
After dropping the second set to Wawrinka, Ferrer regrouped to snatch back the momentum, winning the final five games of the match to prevail in one hour and 45 minutes. The 30-year-old Spaniard improved to 7-3 against Wawrinka in their FedEx ATP Head2Head Series. Ferrer has won 17 of his 19 matches in 2013.
Wawrinka was appearing in his first final since winning the Aircel Chennai Open in 2011. The Swiss was bidding to become the first player outside of South America and Spain to win the title in Buenos Aires since its inception in 2001.
“I think David was better today. He was a little bit stronger than me and he deserved the victory,” Wawrinka said. “But I'm really happy with my week. It was important to play well and win some great matches, especially the semi-final yesterday. It was a great week for me so I need to take the positives from that.”