It’s Lucky No. 7 for David Ferrer…
The 30-year-old Spanish tenista defeated Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to win the Paris Masters and claim his ATP tour-leading seventh title of the year, including titles at the Valencia Open and the Swedish Open.
In a tournament where his usual rivals weren’t standing in the way, Ferrer finally won a Masters final on his fourth attempt.
The fourth-seeded Ferrer, who had lost twice to Rafael Nadal and once to Andy Murray in his previous Masters finals, didn’t have to face a Grand Slam winner this time.
After clinching the win against the Polish qualifier, the typically composed Spaniard dropped to the court, lying face down as he screamed in jubilation. He then sprinted over to hug his coach and girlfriend in the stands.
“I feel the pressure more than him, because I played three times in a Masters final,” said Ferrer if his opponent in the final. “He’s a young player. It was the first final for him, without pressure. ”
Ferrer converted his first match point when Janowicz’s two-handed backhand went wide. Ferrer’s seven tournament titles this season is one more than Roger Federer, who did not attempt to defend his title in Paris.
The tournament was thrown wide open when both Novak Djokovic and Murray went out in the early rounds, leaving Ferrer as the highest-ranked player in the draw.
“I was very nervous because it was my chance to win a first Masters title, but somehow I knew it was my turn,” said Ferrer. “To me this is a dream to win here.”
Ferrer says he’s in the best form of his career, but still believes he’s still some ways from matching the game’s top players.
“Maybe I won more titles than Federer, but Federer won the important titles. Federer or Djokovic or Andy Murray, not me,” he said. “I will try to improve my game.”