David Ferrer is getting quite used to holding up the winner’s trophy at the Valencia Open…
The 30-year-old Spanish tennis star beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in the finals on Sunday to claim his third title at the tournament.
It was Ferrer’s sixth title of the season and 17th in his career.
“I am very happy to win in front of my fans and family,” said Ferrer, who dedicated the title to his doubles partner Juan Carlos Ferrero, the former world No. 1 player who retired after the event.
Ferrer, the tournament’s top seed, took advantage of Dolgopolov’s poor first serve to build a 3-1 lead in the first set. It was the first set the 21st-ranked Ukrainian had dropped in the entire tournament.
Dolgopolov won an early break 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,” said Ferrer, currently ranked No. 5 in the world. “He pushed me to the limit and it was a question of focusing on each point.”
Ferrer previously won the title at the Valencia Open in 2008 and 2010. And he lost in the finals in 2005 when the tournament was played on clay