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Mayer Edges Ferrer To Win First Title

Hamburg, Germany

Mayer© ATPLeonardo Mayer won his first ATP World Tour title.

World No. 46 Leonardo Mayer captured his first ATP World Tour title on Sunday as he held his nerve to edge top seed David Ferrer 6-7(3), 6-1, 7-6(4) in the final of the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg.

"I can't believe it," said Mayer. "I was able to do it against Ferrer, who is one of the best players on this surface. I'm really happy and it still hasn't sunk in that I won.

"At the start of the match, I was a little tense. But I relaxed and started to play better. He also made some mistakes that got me back into the match. I tried to enjoy it and that's why I won, I think.

"I wasn’t the top favourite, but I gave it all my strength, power and energy because I absolutely wanted to win."

The Argentine is the fourth first-time singles winner on the ATP World Tour this year, following in the footsteps of Federico Delbonis (Sao Paulo), Roberto Bautista Agut (‘s-Hertogenbosch) and Pablo Cuevas (Bastad).

Mayer earned 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €272,300 in prize money after becoming the lowest-ranked winner of an ATP World Tour 500 tournament since No. 54 Radek Stepanek won the Citi Open in Washington in 2011.

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The 27-year-old Mayer twice squandered a break advantage in the first set before Ferrer edged it in the tie-break. The Buenos Aires resident maintained his high level in the second set, though, and two service breaks saw him level the match. 

Mayer served for the match at 5-4 in the decider, but was broken back to 30 as Ferrer fought back. Mayer retained his focus for the subsequent tie-break, though, and closed out victory in two hours and 20 minutes.

Mayer is enjoying one of the best spells of his career. Last month, the right-hander advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon (l. to Dimitrov) and earlier in the season he reached his first ATP World Tour final in Vina del Mar (l. to Fognini). He has a 22-12 match record in 2014.

The 32-year-old Ferrer was contesting his 44th tour-level title match and dropped to a 21-23 finals record. The Valencia native had come through his past two matches – against Pablo Andujar and teenage sensation Alexander Zverev - for the loss of just three games, and was bidding to win his second title of the season after victory in Buenos Aires (d. Fognini).

"He was better in the match," said Ferrer. "I think I was little bit nervous in the important moments and he played more aggressive than me and nothing else."

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