World No. 5 David Ferrer tied Roy Emerson’s record of four Auckland titles on Saturday, defeating second seed Philipp Kohlschreiber7-6(5), 6-1 in the Heineken Open final. It’s the second time Ferrer has won a tournament in three successive seasons, adding to his current run at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco (2010-2012).
Ferrer is the second repeat winner this season, joining Andy Murray, who successfully retained his Brisbane International crown. The triumph marks Ferrer’s 19th ATP World Tour title and he improved to 17-3 in finals against opposition ranked outside the Top 10.
“I’m really happy, because I did a new record for my career. It’s really nice to win one ATP tournament, but four times is very difficult,” said Ferrer. “I think the first set was the key. He served to win the first set, but he didn’t take his chance. I tried to fight for…
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