Bautista Agut Outlasts Steve Johnson to Reach Valencia Open Final

It wasn’t easy, but Roberto Bautista Agut has reached his sixth ATP World Tour final.

The 27-year-old Spanish player saved six match points before defeating American Steve Johnson 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8) Saturday to reach the final of the Valencia Open.

Roberto Bautista Agut

Johnson had his first match point in the 12th game of the deciding set and then led 6-3 in the tiebreaker without being able to clinch the win.

Bautista Agut then set up his first match point with a backhand return winner and converted it when Johnson sent a backhand long.

He’ll next play Joao Sousa in the final after the Portuguese player beat Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-4.

“It was an incredible match,” Bautista Augut said. “It was really tough and I was really close to losing. I think today I could win, I could lose — anything was possible on the court.”

Bautista Agut is hoping to clinch his first title of the year.

Cuevas Upsets Bernard Tomic to Reach Valencia Open Quarterfinals

Pablo Cuevas has pulled off a big upset…

The 29-year-old Uruguayan tennis player upset third-seeded Bernard Tomic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Valencia Open.

Pablo Cuevas

Cuevas landed just 38 percent of his first serves in the first set but saved six of the seven break points he faced in the second and then earned the only break in the decider to clinch the win in 1 hour, 48 minutes.

Vasek Pospisil also reached the quarterfinals by beating Britain’s Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4, while American Steve Johnson set up a second-round meeting with second-seeded Feliciano Lopez by ousting Martin Klizan 6-3, 6-4.

Ferrer Claims His First Masters Title

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.

David Ferrer

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. ”

David Ferrer

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.”

Ferrer Claims the Valencia Open Title

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.

David Ferrer

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

Ferrero’s Singles Career Comes to a Close at the Valencia Open

Its game, set, match for Juan Carlos Ferrero’s singles career…

The 32-year-old Spanish tennis great’s individual career came to an end with a loss at the Valencia Open to fellow countryman and friend Nicolas Almagro.

Juan Carlos Ferrero

Ferrero—who announced his retirement from professional tennis earlier this year following the Valencia Open—lost in the first round of the Spanish hard-court event to Almagro by a final score of 7-5, 6-3 on Tuesday.

But it isn’t the end of an era just yet… Ferrero is still alive in the doubles draw after he and partner David Ferrer edged Carlos Berlocq and Alexandr Dolgopolov 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 on Wednesday to move into the quaterfinals.

There’s no denying Ferrero was one of the world’s best players from 2000 to 2003. But injuries began hindering his performance starting in 2004.

He enjoyed most of his success on clay, reaching the French Open semifinals four years in a row and eventually winning the title in 2003.

He also led Spain to its first-ever Davis Cup title in 2000, winning both of his singles matches in the final – played on clay in Barcelona – and clinching the victory with a four-set win over Lleyton Hewitt.

Ferrero, however, did have considerable success on the hard courts, reaching the 2003 U.S. Open final and losing to Hewitt in the final of the 2002 Tennis Masters Cup.

The Spanish tenista won 15 singles titles during his career and briefly held the No. 1 ranking in the fall of 2003.

Following his singles loss, Andy Murray, the world No. 3 and winner of this year’s U.S. Open, congratulated Ferrero on his “incredible career,” while Novak Djokovic, the Serbian world No. 2, said that Ferrero was a great player and that tennis “will definitely miss you.”

Current world No. 1 Roger Federer, who Ferrero described as the greatest player he had ever competed against, said he had known the Spaniard since they were juniors and that he was a “great player” and that the two had faced off in some “amazing matches” during their careers.

Federer, who recently became the first player to hold the No. 1 ranking for 300 weeks, first obtained the top spot after defeating Ferrero in the semifinals of the 2004 Australian Open.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal, who is still recovering from a knee injury that has kept him out of action for months, said being in Valencia for Ferrero’s final match was bittersweet.

“Saying good-bye to one of this country’s greatest players is tough,” said Nadal. “I’m thankful for all the moments we shared together.”

Ferrero Announces His Retirement from Professional Tennis

It’s the end of an era for Grand Slam champion Juan Carlos Ferrero

The 32-year-old Spanish tenista, a former World No. 1, says he’ll retire after playing in his hometown’s ATP tennis tournament, the Valencia Open, next month.

Juan Carlos Ferrero

Ferrero, who started playing professional tennis 1998, rose to the top of the rankings in 2003 after winning the French Open and reaching the U.S. Open final, where he lost to Andy Roddick.

In his 14-year professional career, Ferrero won 16 titles and helped Spain win two of its five Davis Cup titles in 2000 and 2004.

“It was a complicated decision to leave a world you have lived in intensely,” said Ferrero, who is currently ranked No. 66 in the world. “But I have had a tough year and you start to notice that you don’t have the same ambition and motivation.”

Following his retirement from professional play, Ferrero has plans to devote his extra time to his tennis academy and his hotel. In July 2007, he bought an old cottage in Bocairente, 50 minutes south of Valencia and refurbished it into Hotel Ferrero, which features 12 luxury suites.

The Valencia Open runs October 20-28.