It could turn out to be a memorable year for David Ferrer…
The 32-year-old Spanish tennis player won his second tournament of the season, downing Italy’s Fabio Fognini on Sunday 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Rio Open.
It’s the 23rd ATP singles title of his career for Ferrer, who has won all eight matches he has played against Fognini, including the previous one — the final on clay last year in Buenos Aires.
Ferrer was seeded No. 2 in the clay-court tournament behind countryman Rafael Nadal.
“It was my best match of the tournament and I’m very happy having won two tournaments this season,” said the 32-year-old Ferrer, who is off to the best start of his career.
Ferrer also won the Qatar Open in Doha.
Nadal lost to No. 6 Fognini in Saturday’s semifinal 1-6, 6-2, 7-5. The loss ended Nadal’s 52-match winning string in semifinals on clay. Nadal, the winner of 14 Grand Slams, has yet to reach the final in three tournaments this season.
Fognini was looking for his fourth ATP singles title.