PORTUGAL OPEN 2013
Wawrinka Beats Ferrer For Portugal Open Crown
by James Buddell|
Stanislas Wawrinka followed in the footsteps of Roger Federer as a Swiss champion at the Portugal Open on Sunday.
Second seed Wawrinka avenged February’s Copa Claro final loss to David Ferrer in superb fashion by beating the top seed for the fourth time in 11 meetings. Wawrinka won 6-1, 6-4 in 65 minutes to join 2008 titlist Federer on the Oeiras roll of honour.
“It feels great to have won a title again, as it was one of my goals at the start of the year," said Wawrinka. "It was a challenge against a Top 4 player. I am very happy with the way I played today. I was really focused and I made it difficult for him on my serve."
In recording his 20th match win of 2013, Wawrinka earned €74,000 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points. Ferrer, who has an ATP World Tour-best 28-7 match record, received €39,000 and 150 points.
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Wawrinka played aggressively right from the start, dominating baseline rallies and forcing Ferrer well behind the baseline. Ferrer struggled to counter Wawrinka’s heavily top-spun groundstrokes, particularly on the backhand wing, and lost the first five games. Wawrinka was overpowering Ferrer with some scintillating forehand winners. Ferrer could only shake his head in disbelief and hope for a reversal in fortunes. Wawrinka clinched the set in 30 minutes.
Ferrer battled hard in the second set, but in the long baseline rallies Wawrinka’s consistency and depth of stroke made it difficult for the World No. 4 to gain a foothold in the match. Ferrer bucked at 4-4, when he was broken to 30, and Wawrinka calmly held to win his fourth ATP World Tour title (4-7 overall in finals).
"It is going to be tough to return to the Top 10, but I am definitely playing better than last year and I am improving," said World No. 16 Wawrinka. "Today, I got the confidence that I can beat a Top 4 player in a final, on a clay court."
Wawrinka lost just six of his 42 service points and did not face a break point. It was his first ATP World Tour title since January 2011 at the Aircel Chennai Open (d. Malisse).
“Stan played a great match," said Ferrer. "I was never close to winning, but I felt better the longer it went on with my shots. On the big points, I should have clenched my teeth more. Stan played pretty well from the baseline and he had a good percentage of first services. He surpassed me in everything.
"Playing any ATP World Tour final is important. I want to be positive and look forward."
Wawrinka now trails Ferrer 4-7 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. It was just his second win in seven clay-court meetings.
Ferrer drops to a 20-18 record in ATP World Tour finals.