Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ferrer beats Dolgopolov to win Valencia Open title

Ferrer beats Dolgopolov to win Valencia Open title

David Ferrer defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Valencia Open 2012 title.

"I am very happy to win in front of my fans and family," said Ferrer.

The Spaniard got a 3-1 lead in the first set but then Dolgopolov broke early en route to winning the second set.

Ferrer recovered from two break points down at 3-3 in the third set to hold after clipping the sideline with a passing shot.

He made the decisive break to clinch the title when Dolgopolov hit the ball into the net.

"It was a hard match, he made it tough for me throughout," Ferrer said. "He pushed me to the limit and it was a question of focusing on each point."

"It's always very difficult to play at home," said Ferrer. "I knew it would be more difficult to win the title again. He's a very talented opponent. I played aggressively and it went well for me. I want to dedicate the victory to Juan Carlos Ferrero on his farewell. He has given me the opportunity to grow as a person and as a player."

Ferrer received €342,850 in prize money and 500 ATP Ranking points, while Dolgopolov picked up €154,570 and 300 points.

"I couldn't take advantage of my opportunities in the third set," said Dolgopolov. "He took his chances and broke my serve with new balls. I'm happy to have reached the final, but maybe today I played worse. I enjoyed the tournament a lot."

AP Photo/Alberto Saiz