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Ferrer Defeats Fognini For Buenos Aires Three-Peat

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Top seed David Ferrer became the first player to win three straight Copa Claro titles, defeating second seed Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 in the final on Sunday in Buenos Aires.

World No. 5 Ferrer ended a seven-match losing streak in tour-level finals, winning his first title since last year's Copa Claro and his 21st overall. With his 11th clay-court crown, the 31 year old moved into a third-place tie with fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo on the title leaders list, behind Rafael Nadal (42) and Nicolas Almagro (12).

"The key was I played consistent all the match, very solid, and in important moments I played better than Fabio," said Ferrer, following his third three-peat on the ATP World Tour (2011-13 Auckland, 2010-12 Acapulco).

"I’m happy for my new title. The last seven finals I lost, and this time I can change my luck so I’m happy for that. I try to always do my best and finally I can win again another title."

Ferrer led 3-0 to start the final, winning 12 of the first 18 points, before Fognini drew level at 3-all. Ferrer broke to take the opening set, and broke again for a 5-3 lead in the second. He improved to a 7-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Fognini, serving out the victory after one hour and 14 minutes.

Ferrer, who did not drop a set en route to the title, earned 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points and $84,060, while Fognini collected 150 points and $44,270.

Fognini was contesting the final for a fifth straight clay-court tournament and looking to win his fourth title. He triumphed last week at the Royal Guard Open Chile, the opening tournament of the Golden Swing, and entered Buenos Aires at a career-high No. 14 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Sunday's loss snapped Fognini's 10-match winning streak and marked just his second in his past 25 clay-court matches.

"It’s always difficult to play against him because he’s a really good fighter, but I’m still happy because it was another great week for me," said the Italian. "I played my second final in two weeks. I’m in a good way. Now it’s time to rest, recover well and see you in Rio."

Ferrer and Fognini next head to Brazil for the inaugural Rio Open, an ATP World Tour 500 tournament, where both players are in the bottom half of the draw. Ferrer, the No. 2 seed, opens against Jeremy Chardy while third-seeded Fognini plays qualifier Aljaz Bedene. Rafael Nadal is the top seed.

"Of course I’m happy and confident with my game because I won a new [title], but now I will like to enjoy tonight and tomorrow to be focused for Rio de Janeiro," said Ferrer. "It’s going to be a new tournament, a big tournament also, and I hope to play similar to this week."

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