David Ferrer is one step closer to earning a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals.
The 33-year-old Spanish tennis player strengthened his hand in the race to the end-of-year finals after winning the Austrian Open with a fighting 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 defeat of American Steve Johnson.
Ferrer, who joins Roger Federer with five titles this year – the pair are second behind Novak Djokovic on nine – now stands in solid contention for one of the two remaining places in the eight-man field for the World Tour Finals starting on November 15.
Ferrer joins Kei Nishikori in joint seventh in the race for the eight-man World Tour Finals in London from November 15-22.
Ferrer claimed the 26th trophy of his career as he defeated Johnson, who was playing in his first final.
Ferrer set up three match points in the third set with his seventh ace after a break in the previous game and converted on his first opportunity.
Ferrer lost the final a year ago at the Stadthalle to Andy Murray.
The last Spaniard to win in Vienna was Feliciano Lopez in 2004.